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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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.

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".

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the SoSA for the past 6 years and have watched this fantastic organization grow and help feed more needy families in our area. Our state, Tennessee is the 6th hungriest state in the US. SoSA is continuing to work with farmers and local farmer's market to "salvage" fresh produce that is on the tables of needy families daily. I can't think of a better organization to be GreatNonprofits.

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Nell W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Chad-Cindy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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