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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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".
I have helped glean corn. It was very rewarding. I plan to help whenever possible that an old 63 yr old granny can help. Love doing the Lord's work. Remember..... Unto the least of these, it was also done for Him. Steam ahead SoSA.
So much food is left in the fields after harvest! Thank God for the wonderful farmers, volunteers and leaders that make it possible for all that food to go from the farm to the mouths of hungry children and adults! This is such a cool organization - and one of the few that are a great fit for a family with little children to be involved in serving. What a joy it is for children to run through the field harvesting sweet potatoes (or other crops), knowing that their hard work is feeding other children! It's a wonderful way to teach service, charity and compassion to even the youngest child! Keep up the good work SoSa!
I have gleaned with Society of St. Andrews for about 6 years. I believe in their mission to help get good, nutritious fruits and vegetables (which would normally be disposed of) to people who are in need. Many foods donated to food banks are high in carbs, over processed, and high in sodium. America needs a diet with fresh apples, green beans, egg plants, tomatoes, turnips, pumpkins-- All of which I have gleaned through SOSA here in Virginia
I spent a weekend, along with a half dozen members of my church, gleaning vegetable fields on John's Island in South Carolina, while bunking in migrant worker's quarters. After working in the fields all day we met with the SOSA organizers to learn about the extent of poverty and hunger in this country. It was a consciousness raising experience for all of us and the following spring our church planted a hunger garden and contributed about three thousand pounds of food to local food banks. SoSA provides a great service to hungry people.
We gleaned Apple's in an orchard and were amazed at the amount we collected in a day. We participated in a hunger event that evening that left some of our group in tears from the raw emotions, and all of us with much more hunger awareness. You never know if your neighbors might be some of those who are hungry. SoSA takes what would normally be wasted and combines it with those who follow Christ's words to feed the hungry and works wonders. I will always support them.
Prior to my retirement I was a vendor to SOSA. I can tell you these people are dedicated and practice what they preach. There was never any evidence of waste even on the business side. I have found over the years that a lot of businesses would change a plan, or decide that something needed updating, and just toss everything that was being used prior. Not these people, I saw partial packages of paper, being saved and used for other purposes, Was told of pieces of furniture, or equipment that were still functional, that were re purposed to other offices or projects. Was always very impressed with the people I dealt with. So after my retirement, when my wife pointed out that I needed something to do, I turned to SOSA. I have been working as a volunteer for the last 2 years, both gleaning fields and orchards as opportunities arose, and working with Farmers Markets collecting produce that didn't sell because it wasn't quite as pretty as the grocery store display. I have been overwhelmed by the desire of the local markets to support SOSA and by the gratitude of the Food Banks and Kitchens that the donations go to. I would ask you to consider this origination for any and all support you can offer!
The youth at my Methodist Church in Dallas, TX have worked many years in the Gleaning of food to feed hungry people. I had never heard of SoSA before we moved to Dallas eight years ago. After seeing the great work of people, and seeing the reports that SoSA share - WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! Praise God!! Becky M.
My wife and I have provided financial support and hands on volunteer support for this ministry for a number of years. It has a very low overhead and a great net work of volunteers for bagging bulk food at food drops, gleaning, and educational opportunities for all age levels. It moves fresh, good produce that would otherwise go to waste to a table that may have little or no food.
SOSA has been a great partner for the University of Tennessee's Grow More Give More program. We are a service project aimed at reducing food waste and helping to feed the hungry. Society of St. Andrews helps coordinate the collection and distribution of the food. We really enjoy working with them, and they help us get the food where it is needed.
SOSA is a great company to volunteer for, and the product of their efforts along with the efforts of the volunteers is one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. As a Christian, feeding the hungry is part of showing our love for our neighbors, as Jesus commanded. Volunteering for SOSA is an easy way to show this and learn to give back to our community. You'll work hard, but it's extremely fun, and extremely rewarding. I would suggest volunteering at a citrus drive, that's the most fun in my opinion.
Volunteering with SOSA has truly been a blessing. They unselfishly give of their time and talents to help the hungry. If they could see the tears of joy that falls from the faces of senior citizens, widows, hospice and the working poor, who needed food but did not have the means to purchase any, Yet the SOSA team is in action freely distributing food. They hungry are amazed that the food is free, good quality and given with the Love of Christ. Some senior citizens have stated that SOSA is the reason they are able to eat. Another Senior Citizen receives $22.00 per month in federal food assistance and stated "I don't know how I would eat if SOSA wasn't here". SOSA has impacted the lives of the hungry, one senior citizen no longer has to ear cat food at the end of the month, because SOSA is continually in the community providing food for the hungry. Thank you SOSA for all that you do unseen. May the Lord richly bless you!