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  

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.

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

spread the word more widely about the reality of hunger so as to generate more fiscal, verbal and physical support

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Tennessee

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

Expand it

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

gleaning and delivering items to food banks. Seeing how grateful folks are for perishable items instead of processed items reminds me of how much I take for granted.

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

I would help it expand.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Having visited the national headquarters as well the western headquarters, I can see that the level of dedication to the mission is unsurpassed.

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

Provde a more broad scaled approach that reaches all faiths and the secular community on a national level.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

my participation as a gleaner and as a member of the Board of Directors

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

find ways to help them grow faster.

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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!

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

seeing how excited local food agencies are to have the option of providing fresh vegetables to their clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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