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Society of St. Andrew

Rating: 4.92 stars   168 reviews 16,638

Address:

3383 Sweet Hollow Rd Big Island VA 24526 USA

Mission:

GLEANING AMERICA'S FIELDS - FEEDING AMERICA'S HUNGRY. Founded in 1979. 20 to 30 million pounds of fresh produce is saved each year by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) and donated to feed the hungry nationwide. SoSA's Gleaning Network uses tens of thousands of volunteers to glean farmers' fields and orchards after harvest for nutritious produce that would otherwise be plowed under or left to rot. SoSA's Potato & Produce Project salvages truckloads of perfectly good but commercially unmarketable potatoes and other produce donated by members of the agricultural community. All of this food is then delivered and donated to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other critical service agencies in the 48 contiguous states. These agencies, in turn, distribute the food directly to the needy. SoSA's Harvest of Hope program educates people about the hunger problem and encourages them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution. The Society of St. Andrew is a faith-based ecumenical nonprofit organization adhering to the highest standards of good stewardship. It maintains an operational overhead of under 10%, resulting in more than 90 cents of every donated dollar going directly to providing food for the hungry.

Target demographics:

hungry Americans

Direct beneficiaries per year:

tens of millions of people

Geographic areas served:

United States - 48 contiguous states

Programs:

100 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have helped glean corn. It was very rewarding. I plan to help whenever possible that an old 63 yr old granny can help. Love doing the Lord's work. Remember..... Unto the least of these, it was also done for Him. Steam ahead SoSA.

 
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God's Hands & Feet Global Ministry has been blessed by the ministry of the Society of St Andrew their Advent & Lenten Devotionals and also the Vacation Bible School materials that they freely provide are spiritual food for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Society of St. Andrew nonprofit ministry also provides a powerful witness for Christ with their gleaning ministry that feeds many who are hungry! In addition to supporting SOSA financially we also do so spiritually interceding on behalf of all those who've put their hand to the plow in order to serve the people of God in this great way! During our Annual Easter Basket Blessing we placed a SOSA Lenten Devotional and Coin-box in each basket.

 
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Very cost effective and dedicated to help distribute produce to those who can't afford it or don't have access to fresh produce.
A great place to volunteer if you want to make a difference in someone's life and save nutritious food that would be left to rot in the fields. or put into a landfill.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit organization enlists local volunteers to glean fields of produce that will not be sold or otherwise used. This is not all they do, but this is the bulk of their outreach. The food is distributed to local food banks and other agencies that see that it gets to those who would other wise go hungry. There can be no better to serve the homeless and hungry. They are a selfless and altogether wonderful organization. They are angels on earth.

 
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This 30-year-old non-sectarian national hunger relief agency distributes fresh produce and a wide variety of other healthy foods to a wide variety of frugal community agencies nationwide.
It recruits volunteers to glean quality produce directly at farms and orchards, as well as food donations from a variety of food vendors, thereby salvaging much food that otherwise would be wasted!
It has grown steadily over 30 years in the quantity and quality of donated food distributed and the number of volunteers of all ages.
It also has programs educating teens and all ages in causes of and solutions to hunger in America and worldwide.
Its overhead costs are under 8% - excellent in comparison to many other worthy charities!
I have personally supported its healthy food gathering and distribution throughout its 30-plus years, and have been continually blessed by being a blessing to so many of the hungry in this way!

 
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The Society of St. Andrew has helped feed thousands of people who would otherwise go hungry. Time and time again SofSA reaches out to those in need. God bless the Society of St. Andrew.

 
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Although I have not attended any of their gleanings or distribution events, I have supported them monetarily for many years. I have also encouraged many of my fellow church members to donate to SOSA to get more "bang for their buck."

 
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1 person found this review helpful

love that SoSA helps with the basic needs of people....supplying food.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

They use the money we've raised and sent them to feed way more people than we ever could on our own. They make use of everything and every opportunity!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

So much food is left in the fields after harvest! Thank God for the wonderful farmers, volunteers and leaders that make it possible for all that food to go from the farm to the mouths of hungry children and adults! This is such a cool organization - and one of the few that are a great fit for a family with little children to be involved in serving. What a joy it is for children to run through the field harvesting sweet potatoes (or other crops), knowing that their hard work is feeding other children! It's a wonderful way to teach service, charity and compassion to even the youngest child! Keep up the good work SoSa!

 
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