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December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

I grew up in North Carolina where the Society of St. Andrew has been active for many years. Some of my best youth group memories involve the annual "Yam Jam" where we met on a Saturday morning to pick sweet potatoes. Now I live out in Kansas City serving a Church, and I was so surprised to see that the Society of St. Andrew had set up shop in the midwest right here in my own city. In much the same way that Jesus took a little and made it into a lot at the feeding of the 5000, SoSA also takes very limited resources and transforms it into an abundance. Our own Church's Food Pantry has received hundreds of pounds of fresh produce that we could put right back into the inner city where it is so sorely needed for good nutrition. It's also an excellent service opportunity for volunteers of all ages. Participate, Get involved...you won't regret it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

salvaging food that otherwise would have gone to waste

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

clear and helpful with their directions. Encouraging of our work and giving us a clear goal to hit. They even reported back to us the exact weight of gleaned produce we saved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

I am so humbled by the opportunity to glean for food for hungry and less fortunate people. I experienced hunger as a child growing up in Charlotte, NC. In addition, this has been a learning experience for me. According to the book of Ruth in the bible, Ruth gleaned in the fields that belonged to Boaz and I learned where the tradition originated.Also all the volunteers appeared to have a great passion to help feed the hungry.I would like to see more young people volunteer. We live in a country where there is so much waste, especially in our schools.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping to provide food for the hungry

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To see that there are people who are serious about the hunger in America

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly and compassionate about the cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Own it's own farms

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

I volunteered this summer in Missouri with Society of St. Andrew West. I was amazed by how much food we gathered to provide to local food pantries. This food would have been thrown away if it weren't for this organization’s commitment to feed our community members in need. Fresh produce is an imperative to a healthy lifestyle & every single member of our community should have this access. Through SoSA it's possible to provide food pantries with fresh, nutritious & local foods. It seems like a no brainer to me. We have food that is perfectly edible & nutritious but may not fit the size standard or "look" for supermarket resale & it would be thrown away. We have an organization that will rescue this food & provide it to those that need food. It’s a perfect system. It’s sustainable. Please consider recognizing this amazing institution! We need to bring more attention to how the everyday citizen can impact their communities with the simple act of gleaning local foods to feed local people. Thank you!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the nutritional content of every meal for citizens that are hungry. Fresh produce is imperative to a healthy start for children. America needs to feed these developing brains the right foods for long term success.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

This summer, the Society of St. Andrew in Charlotte, NC helped me coordinate field trips for 60 inner-city children and youth. We traveled to farms in neighborhing counties, where the gleaning volunteers taught our young people about where food comes from, how to pick it, when to eat it, why it costs money in the store, why it matters how food is grown and transported, and what kinds of careers are available in food production. As a result of our gleaning experience, we sent every child home with 10 ears of corn and 10 tomatoes. We had enough left to send boxes and boxes back to their neighborhoods and schools, and even gave away some of the extra produce on the street as people walked by. It was an amazing experience: Most of our children know what it is like to skip meals because there is not enough food. It brought everyone great joy to see these children experience abundance and learn how to find alternative sources for food.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about local food and helping connect those resources with the people who need them most. They were knowledgeable and excited to teach all who would come and listen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 8, 2009

This fall, I had the privilege of volunteering with Upstate SC Gleaning. My experience gleaning was incredible and eye-opening. I appreciate the careful consideration that the Society of St. Andrew pays to their use of resources. Their determined commitment to good stewardship has resulted in noteworthy efficiency, effectiveness, and scope of influence. In fact, their efficiency and effectiveness rivals that of every other hunger relief agency. The entire mission is founded upon the desire to reduce waste and turn it into a blessing. The organization has developed a system whereby each food serving is gleaned and delivered to feeding agencies at a cost of 2.6 cents, and this food is free to the receiving population. Around 15 million pounds of produce is gleaned and distributed to those in need every year. The Society of Saint Andrew’s motto is, “Gleaning America's fields; feeding America's hungry,” and their key is simplicity. The organization is able to efficiently impact millions through the charity, stewardship, and determination of individuals committed to loving their neighbors as themselves.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the work is so refreshing – it is a chance to be out in nature, in the fresh air on a beautiful day, gathering food from the earth to feed the hungry.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, organized, and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save more food from being wasted and get in to the mouths of the starving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 7, 2009

I've seen the Society of St. Andrew's work at both ends --- gleaning in the fields and distributing from the food bank. They do a wonderful job of moving food from where it is wasted to where it is needed. And they do it efficiently.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making large shipments of food to food bank.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it involves many people in acts of charity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 7, 2009

There is just something logical and obvious about picking left-behind vegetables in a field and then giving that food to the poor. I wanted to volunteer for a group that meets immediate needs. It is also important to note that local farmers let the St Andrew's gleaners on their property - it wouldn't work without them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen a small group of people, including children, pick over 100 pounds of edible tomatoes in about 2 hours. Think of the people who enjoyed summertime tomatoes that day.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 7, 2009

My group had a member and dear friend who was a volunteer for you. She died of cancer in February so we gleaned in her honor. It was a great experience for us to know that we were continuing her service. The folks at Society of St. Andrew were so helpful....

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The secure knowledge that my efforts were of use to those most needing them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 7, 2009

The Society of St. Andrew is my favorite charity. I have volunteered for five years and have not found an organization with as tangible work or a more tangible benefit. The experience of gleaning - to pick fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go unused - and to know that they will serve an immediate need in feeding the hungry - gives one the feeling of an immediate self-satisfaction in knowing that you have helped others with a basic human need (hunger). It is also an excellent activity to role model for youth - each of my three children (as well as my wife) have been involved in picking items and in assisting with delivery and distribution. The dirt and sweat are worth it - we wish there were more opportunities!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...seeing the smiles on organizers and various groups of people after making deliveries of fruits and vegetables, knowing that one was serving a critical need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...people who had the same beliefs I do - wanting to do something more tangible for a charity that provided an /immediate/ need, other than simply providing funds.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...help solution the world food crisls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 7, 2009

I just recently gleaned with my three children, now 12, 10, and 5, for the 2nd time. We picked turnips the weekend after Thanksgiving and we all left the field feeling that something had been done for us! What a great feeling! I am always looking for opportunities to serve with my kids and teach them about gratitude and giving. Gleaning is perfect for this as the Society welcomes children and they can see their efforts literally pile up and fill a truck. We later learned that the food we helped to glean fed people at the soup kitchen just a block from our home. Very cool. We were introduced to the SoSA through our previous church and then got signed on the email list. Great organization! Great people!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they allow my children to jump into serving!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, not at all critical of my 5 year olds pickings:)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed all the hungry people so no one went to bed with an aching stomach.

Ways to make it better...

well...it could really not have been better!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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