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  

I found SoSA while looking for a Bible school curriculum. Our church is supporting this program for the first time this year and we're hoping our first whole church Bible school will be a success in September, 2014. The more research I do on SoSA, the more impressed I am! I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have joined hands with my denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), just this summer. It seems my church was destined to use their curriculum for our Bible school and for us to support them financially with our offering box givings this fall. I'm hoping this will be the first of many times throughout the next years we can support their efforts at eliminating hunger.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I appreciate SoSA as an organization that takes their mission to love people through and to Christ by meeting their physical needs. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~ James 1:27

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Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I use SoSA devotional materias each year for my church's spiritual growth. I have always received great feedback from the members because these devotions are so meaningful. Each time I volunteer at a potato drop, talk with SoSA staff, or highlight SoSA in my church; I have a positive experience with people who ae committed to helping in any way they can. I have complete confidence in the integrity of this ministry with thse who can help meet the needs of the hungry.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Society of St Andrew is a wonderful organization in that it takes food that would oherwise go to waste and uses this gleaned food to feed the hungry. I have helped on numerous potato drops, cabbage drop and gleaning for apples in the orchard. All of these events have been well organized and well attended. It's amazing to me to see how much food is wasted if not for Society of St. Andrew.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began supporting The Society of St. Andrew when it was first established. I lived in Virginia at the time & had a representative come & share the mission with our church. We have been supporters since that time. They do a fantastic job in gleaning & helping feed the hungry of our county. Karen Coffman

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a gleaner. I talked to a frien of mine to help glean. After two weeks (I wore him down) he agreed to help. We gleaned in the morning and delivered in the afternoon. At the end of the day he asked, "Why aren't more people doing this?" I reminded him it only took two weeks to convince him. We had a good laugh and planned the next gleaning.

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I am the Hunger Relief Advocate in Northwest Ohio for the Society of St Andrew. We have gleaned/salvaged 435,351pounds of food for Seagate Food Bank in Toledo, Ohio from January 01, 2010 through October31, 2010.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none. I would change nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SoSA rocks! I have led youth groups in gleaning with this organization. It's a great way to get involved in peace and justice ministries in the world!

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

GLEANING

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the SoSA organization more broadly in south Alabama!

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