Society of St. Andrew

Rating: 4.91 stars   150 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Society of St. Andrew is an incredible organization that provides food for those in need by rescuing food that otherwise would be wasted. The concept is very simple. Farmers allow volunteers to glean (gather crops after the harvest) from their crops and distribute the food to those in need. Society of St. Andrew also works with growers and distributors who have large quantities of leftover produce they cannot sell and makes sure it is delivered to agencies who feed the hungry. Society of St. Andrew can provide fresh fruits and vegetables to America's most needy for a mere 2 cents per serving. Find out more at endhunger.org

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOSA seems to be able to do the most with every donated dollar. I love the fact that this organization is making use of tons of food that oterwise would not be used.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization to work with!! We are so grateful for the connection between farmer and family!! The families we serve we so thankful for the beautiful potatoes and the pumpkins that we were blessed with! The representative, Linda came and met us, observed our community outreach and interacted with our volunteers. We were impressed by how professional yet compassionate they are!! Great non-profit to be working with.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful organization! Their concept of harvesting fresh, perfectly good, nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste is awesome. Participated in a gleaning weekend a few years ago and loved it. Have been a regular supporter since.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

The gleaning network of the Society of St. Andrew brings together people from different walks of life for a common purpose...providing fresh fruits and vegetables to people who are hungry. The process is a "win-win-win" proposition. Fresh produce is "rescued" from being wasted (win!), growers who donate get a tax credit (win!), and people who are hungry get fresh, nutritious produce that they couldn't afford to purchase (huge win!!) The keys to the success of the mission Society of St. Andrew include the generosity of the farmers, the dedication and hard work of the volunteers, and the effective networking by the Society staff.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with Society of St. Andrew for 4 years now. They have been a valuable and much needed contributor to helping to feed the poor and hurting in our community. They are extremely well organized and are constantly working to get more farms and growers to allow gleaners to be able to harvest food that would otherwise go to waste. It is all about helping others, instead of focusing on themselves. This is a group that I plan to support whole heartedly, as long as the Lord allows!!! J.S.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I participated in the gleaning of veggies and fruits when they were made available from April'09-Nov. '09. These were distributed to individuals and the Bread of Life(community soup kitchen)around the Brevard area. I can't begin to recount how many hungry and hurting people benefitted from the distributions. The Lord knows how many saw the face of Jesus through these giveaways. Bill Walker has become a very dear friend. He is one of the most dedicated persons I know. His love for the Lord and for those hurting in many communities has been wonderful to be a part of . I will always make myself available to help and see that the produce offered does not go to waste. Thank you for your organization

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

the fellowship with other gleaners and the appreciation of recipients.

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

first class! Bill Walker is the kind of person your organization can be proud to be associated with.

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

feed many of the hurting people of Western NC.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

SOSA is one of the best charities that we, as a family have volunteered in. The organizers are extremely personable and down to earth people. Children are not only accommodated but their participation is valued. Its so wonderful to be out there in an orchard or farm connecting to nature and you're benefiting the hungry in the process. The best part about the charity is that acts as a medium for providing what is needed where its needed. The charity uses the excess of food present in farms or orchards which will otherwise rot or be plowed down and uses volunteers to pick the produce and organizes to send it to the 2nd Harvest Bank. Amazing people, amazing partners. It is my and my children's most favorite of all.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Society of St. Andrew does an amazing job of coordinating volunteers and putting them to work on behalf of hungry people. Their gleaning approach is a win/win/win for the hungry, for food producers, and for those who want to be involved in combatting hunger in a hands on way.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Once a month I deliver produce to refugees in the Charlotte area. It is such a blessing to see their excited faces when I pull up. Not only are they thankful for the fruit and vegetables but they are so into helping unload the truck!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am privileged to serve on the Advisory Board of SOSA West here in Kansas City Missouri. I have seen first-hand the breath and the depth and scope of the work hundreds of volunteers commit to each day. They are truly submitting to the servants-model of "a man for others". The countless hours of "gleaning", the hard but rewarding work that entails speaks volumes in terms of community support. From Harvesters to various feeding agencies throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area, SOSA is there committed and ready to serve. This is truly an organization that is clear in it's mission and goals. Congratulations to all who serve and for those among us that have no voice SOSA speaks up and out for them through it's partnerships and advocacy. I'm honored and proud to be a small part in this effort.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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