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
I am privileged to serve on the Advisory Board of SOSA West here in Kansas City Missouri. I have seen first-hand the breath and the depth and scope of the work hundreds of volunteers commit to each day. They are truly submitting to the servants-model of "a man for others". The countless hours of "gleaning", the hard but rewarding work that entails speaks volumes in terms of community support. From Harvesters to various feeding agencies throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area, SOSA is there committed and ready to serve. This is truly an organization that is clear in it's mission and goals. Congratulations to all who serve and for those among us that have no voice SOSA speaks up and out for them through it's partnerships and advocacy. I'm honored and proud to be a small part in this effort.