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Society of St. Andrew

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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

193 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with SoSA since 2010 and not only does it make you "feel good" when you are doing something that helps others, but when you see the smiles on folks faces that's an incrediible feeling. When we "glean" peppers and take them to food banks or shelters and one of the first things we hear is "old what a beautiful smell of fresh peppers." I have been fortunate and honored to be a part of this WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is top of the line in my book. They do more for folks in need than another organization that I know of. Why do I say that, because they spend less on overhead. They put over 96% of every dollar given them to use for feeding folks in need. They do this year in and year out. As a volunteer with them, I get to see all the smiles of folks that receive these fresh veggies.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Your help is needed. As the Area Coordinator for Northeast Florida two of the biggest challenges I face is not knowing where all the citrus and produce is located that is going to waste; and having the volunteers to harvest that produce. We need your hands and your eyes to help reduce hunger in this country. Please help

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Society of Saint Andrew provides nourishing, fresh food to help feed the hungry. This is one of the best projects I have ever been involved in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOSA is gleaning the Eastchase Farmers Market in our city every Saturday from May - October. We have very generous farmers helping a non-profit feed their residents and provide vegetables for Meals on Wheels. A great group to work with!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church had a wonderful experience gleaning with Society of St Andrew in TN. The work was meaningful and folks of all ages and abilities felt their role was valued. Sponsoring a green bean drop or a sweet potato drop is next on our agenda.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew does an excellent job of rescuing fresh fruit and vegetables from the fields and getting it to people who need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

WOW! Fresh produce direct from growing fields provided free to people at risk of hunger is a commodity they seldom have the benefit of receiving. And the number of charities, regardless of their mission, that perform as effectively and financially responsibly as the Society of St. Andrew are very few and very far between. The thousands of people of all ages and walks of life who volunteer their time and energy to glean this food from fields are so desirous of and dedicated to helping those in need that they often volunteer time and time again, year after year. The Society of St. Andrew, with their Gleaning Network, Potatoe and Produce Project and educational Harvest of Hope program, is the leader in hunger relief with fresh produce. This charity is more than worth supporting both with volunteer hours and financial donations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world of excess and waste, the Society of St. Andrew works to repurpose food that would have gone to waste and provide nutrition for people in need. We all have much to give, let's not waste perfectly good food.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we think of hunger we often think about those who do not have enough food. We seldom think of all the food that is available, but just not in the right place. We don't have a hunger problem, we have a distribution problem. Getting food from any source availble and then getting it to the hungry is what SOA is all about. Having first hand experience working with SOA potato delivery in the Toledo Ohio area, gleaning fields that have an abundance of produce, and using SOA's Vaction Bible School free curriculum to teach kids about hunger, collecting coins in their hunger boxes, has led me to believe in the work that SOA does. If you are looking for a charity to support this is the one.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! Our church has supported them for many years and cannot think of a better group to donate to.

Melissa203

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about the Society of St. Andrew looking online for free Vacation Bible School materials. I was so excited to find materials that were very well organized and supported a charity right here within the United States. Since that time, we have used both years of their VBS materials and have continued to periodically take up a collection to send them as we use their free materials for Advent and Lent seasons. They are very open and honest about where the donations go and offer many opportunities for gleaning and helping others right here at home. I love that!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our church uses the Society of St. Andrew's materials for advent and for lent, plus we held a church-wide Bible school for two years, using their free curriculum. We follow their September Hunger Action Month calendar as well. SoSA has the right idea - don't let anything go to waste! I think this organization is one of the top non-profits in our country and hope they will be able to continue their work in the future. They are a valuable resource and in addition, use their resources wisely. I am proud to be a supporter of SoSA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Society of St. Andrew does a great job in gleaning and donating the produce to food pantries to be distributed to persons who otherwise wouldn't have fresh produce.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well-organized and a great organization to volunteer with whether as adults or families with kids! We have gleaned for sweet potatoes, strawberries and kale so far! An easy 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning and you really feel like you've made a difference (and you and your kids know the work it takes to harvest food!) Get on the email list to be notified of upcoming opportunities in your area, or join them for big events like the Yam Jam in the fall. It's an all around great experience!

haqiqu

Donor

Rating: 5

There is no better warrior to end hunger than The Society of St. Andrew. They take fresh produce, gleaned from the fields or donated by farmers and farmer's markets and see that it is distributed to people in need. Nearly 100% of their funds are used to this end. They are the best!!!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Society of St. Andrew does some wonderful work. All of this work is done while using only a small percentage of their money for administration.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience has been at Annual Conference in VA. the potatoes are unloaded and bagged to the food banks in the local area.
In a Children's Day Camp the Society propped off bags of potatoes to be dumped on the lawn at Drummondtown UMC in Accomac VA for the children to bag and deliver to the Local Easter Shore Food Bank.

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!!

Erin127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity that fights hunger by gleaning unharvested food from farmers. Please donate to this wonderful organization! :-)

Jill110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been gleaning fields with the Society of St. Andrew team in Charlotte, NC for a couple years now. In my mind, there is NO better group to work with b/c these folks REALLY care about the people we're feeding, the farmers donating crops AND the gleaners who volunteer. It's a great way to teach your children to volunteer and help those less fortunate than ourselves since people of all ages can participate. We - with the help of SoSA - truly are "being the change we want to see in the world".