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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Programs, Human Services

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOSA has been a wonderful organization that has greatly supported our efforts. As a grass-roots non-profit working with farmworker communities, many individuals do not regularly have enough food for themselves or their families. SOSA has frequently been able to assist us in feeding the hungry. Additionally, they have been extremely knowledge, professional, and helpful when gleaning for food. I have joined them on a number of occasions and always look forward to my next opportunity to work with their organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Becky F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew is helping support Fellowship Missions which is an organization that spreads Christ's love through feeding the needy and is starting a homeless shelter in Warsaw, Indiana, Kosciusko County. They have been incremental in donating much needed supplies and from their gleaning network have donated fresh produce of sweet corn and apples. SOSA has also invited us to pick up 200 pounds of potatoes at a future potato drop. We are very blessed to have such an organization help in being committed to end hunger/homelessness in our community. Thank You SOSA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

An apple a day... what about 4,000 pounds of apples! That's how many apples were delivered by the Society of Saint Andrews Gleaners to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke. The Mission's kitchen prepares and serves more than 900 meals each day, so immediately fried apples were served at breakfast, apple salads were made for lunch, apples were included with the bagged lunches packed for students for folks living int he shelter who were going off to work and a tasty apple crisp was made for supper. Hundreds of Saint Andrews Volunteers picked the apples for us and then more volunteers at the Mission peeled and chopped them so that the freezer was filled! Thank you Society of Saint Andrew.