Having served on SoSA's board for multiple terms since its inception in 1979, I can vouch for the effectiveness of this exemplary organization. The audacious goal of ending hunger in this country just may be possible if more persons provide surplus food and help glean it, donate the funds necessary to bag and transport that fresh food to hungry people, and encourage young people to both learn about and do something about hunger through Harvest of Hope experiences. The obscenity of hunger in a land of plenty CAN be dealt with with your help, that I know.
It has been my pleasure to have observed the Society of Saint Andrew closely since it began in 1979, having lived in the area where it is located, being a member of the denomination that launched it, and serving on the board multiple times. Unfortunately the problem of hunger in this nation has not abated. But fortunately SoSA has honed in on addressing it in very practical ways through gleaning food with volunteer labor and getting fresh food immediately to hungry persons. The program has grown in scope and influence, expanding across the country beyond its East Coast origins. Its low cost, practical solution to solving the problems of food waste, answer to the need for fresh food, and provision of opportunity for meaningful involvement by those concerned about the Christian imperative of feeding the hungry all combine in a program meriting wide support.
SoSA is likely the most efficient deliverer of services to the hungry in the nation with overhead expense at less than 5%. It is rare for anyone to learn what SoSA does and how it does it to not be genuinely amazed and motivated in some way to help further its work.
The Society of St. Andrew is an incredibly efficient and effective organization for alleviating hunger. It salvages millions of pounds of nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and distributes it to food banks, soup kitchens and many other agencies that provide food for hungry people. It does this with an unheard-of overhead rate of just over 4% which results in a cost of less than 2 cents per serving. Every year, more than 30,000 volunteers participate in SoSA's programs stemming from the Christian principle of loving others as we love ourselves
I always tell people that SoSA is the most amazing hunger relief agency of which you have never heard. SoSA takes highly nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it among feeding agencies. Because they work through a network of agencies, their overhead is amazingly low and just over 2 cents provides a serving of fruit or vegetables!
Ever since I first joined a group salvaging sweet potatoes that were going to rot in a farmer's field, I have been amazed both by how much food goes to waste in this country and how simple (yet effective) the solution is: get access to food that is not going to market but that is highly nutritious and distribute it to those who are hungry and/or food insecure. By working with existing organizations, the Society is able to keep overhead costs at a minimum. Because of the Society feeding agencies are able to supplement their menus with fresh produce that is healthier but otherwise hard to obtain.
SoSA is an extremely efficient and effective organization. Following a very simple and age old philosophy of gleaning perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste, they provide millions of pounds of food per year to those in need. With the ever increasing problem of obesity, even in those who face food insecurity, a provider of fresh fruits and vegetables produced at very low cost is invaluable to our nation. Gleaning and distributing excess food left in fields should be standard operating procedure on all farms in all states. SoSA provides the infrastructure to gather and distribute this food through their many partnerships with churches, transportation companies and other non-profits, such as Feeding America.
The Society of St. Andrew is one of the most efficient and effective hunger fighting organizations I know. They salvage healthy, nutritious food that would have otherwise gone to waste and ship it to food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries and other agencies that feed hungry people. I have been one of the 30,000+ volunteers that go into farmers' fields to glean and have seen firsthand how they are able to salvage 25million+ pounds of food a year (over 600 million total) at a cost of just 2 cents a serving. Their overhead is incredibly low and their management is tight, paying careful attention to best practices for nonprofits.
SoSA provides one of the easiest and most effective means of combatting hunger in the U.S. Everyone can do something--from going out to the fields to salvage food to saving change. Just 2 cents will provide a serving of food!