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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mary480

Donor

Rating: 5

Aside from their superlative efficiency with the money I donate, I especially like this charity because they accept no government funds.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I am not able to volunteer, I am able to donate funds each month to SOSA. It has been one of our greatest joys to be able to say we helped. It is a great organization and being from Big Island I can say that with all sincerity. Keep up the good work!!

haqiqu

Donor

Rating: 5

There is absolutely nothing negative I could say about this organization. Their work is win-win-win. Farmers have a place to donate their abundance of crops, the food goes to hungry people in the same area and good people come together to glean those crops, package them and get them to the hungry/homeless. The Society of St. Andrew perfectly embodies "waste not, want not." This is truly love in action!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization enlists local volunteers to glean fields of produce that will not be sold or otherwise used. This is not all they do, but this is the bulk of their outreach. The food is distributed to local food banks and other agencies that see that it gets to those who would other wise go hungry. There can be no better to serve the homeless and hungry. They are a selfless and altogether wonderful organization. They are angels on earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Society of Saint Andrew is doing a phenomenal job bringing together two different groups in need -- farmers who have an excess of produce or produce they are unable to harvest and those in need and hungry. Working with individuals, organizations, and churches, they are able to harvest and distribute amazing amounts of food that would otherwise go to waste. Always happy to support their efforts.

jdevine18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have praised this organization before, and gladly do so again. They reclaim good food that otherwise would go to waste, and they distribute it to people who need it. Win-Win! They provide opportunities for volunteers to get out into the fields to see where food comes from, and for people of faith to put that faith into action (and get their hands dirty). They reduce environmental hazards due to wasted food; they increase nutritional well-being for people who don't regularly receive fresh food. Makes sense on so many levels. I have gladly supported them for more than 30 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For three decades now, I have personally supported this organization. Doesn't it make all the sense in the world to save good food that would otherwise be thrown away, and take it to hungry people? There's no reason for hunger in the USA. SOSA knows "enough is enough". There IS enough food for everyone. The challenge is to distribute it. And that's what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

God's Hands & Feet Global Ministry has been blessed by the ministry of the Society of St Andrew their Advent & Lenten Devotionals and also the Vacation Bible School materials that they freely provide are spiritual food for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Society of St. Andrew nonprofit ministry also provides a powerful witness for Christ with their gleaning ministry that feeds many who are hungry! In addition to supporting SOSA financially we also do so spiritually interceding on behalf of all those who've put their hand to the plow in order to serve the people of God in this great way! During our Annual Easter Basket Blessing we placed a SOSA Lenten Devotional and Coin-box in each basket.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This 30-year-old non-sectarian national hunger relief agency distributes fresh produce and a wide variety of other healthy foods to a wide variety of frugal community agencies nationwide.
It recruits volunteers to glean quality produce directly at farms and orchards, as well as food donations from a variety of food vendors, thereby salvaging much food that otherwise would be wasted!
It has grown steadily over 30 years in the quantity and quality of donated food distributed and the number of volunteers of all ages.
It also has programs educating teens and all ages in causes of and solutions to hunger in America and worldwide.
Its overhead costs are under 8% - excellent in comparison to many other worthy charities!
I have personally supported its healthy food gathering and distribution throughout its 30-plus years, and have been continually blessed by being a blessing to so many of the hungry in this way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have not attended any of their gleanings or distribution events, I have supported them monetarily for many years. I have also encouraged many of my fellow church members to donate to SOSA to get more "bang for their buck."

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Donor

Rating: 5

They use the money we've raised and sent them to feed way more people than we ever could on our own. They make use of everything and every opportunity!

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Donor

Rating: 5

These guys do the most incredible job of matching need with an excess of supply. They provide through the gleaning network and many volunteers the means for good but excess produce to reach those who need it most. This helps the growers who need to dispose of excess produce and provides healthy food for those in need. They also do this for a phenomenally low overhead so that donations go to help those in need. I have been a supporter of SOSA for over 30 years and have never had any reason to regret supporting them. They continue to amaze me with what they can accomplish.