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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working with SOSA for about two years now to feed the hungry in our community. The SOSA volunteers are always kind, gracious and so appreciative of the help that can offer. I have been blessed by the opportunity to with with them. The organization is one of pure integrity, from the financials to the groups they work with to the volunteers themselves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our agency operates a food pantry that provides food to over 20,000 individuals a year. Fresh produce is something that we never have access to and is so vital to the health of our clients. Our partnership with the Society of St. Andrew has enabled us to distribute thousands of pounds of useful produce to our clients. We have distributed potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, and green beans that would otherwise have been wasted. They are extremely vigilant in founding and transporting these items to us at no cost.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As pastor/servant leader, I have been privileged to meet and learn from one Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore when I was a student at Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington DC). She came to our mission class to speak about this fantastic outreach and spiritual mission. Over the past 10 years I have carried the message and helped others to get on board. The Vacation Bible School for two years in a row has made their collection grow and sent in to SOSA. We have been part of apple and potato gleaning as a church. It is a wonderful organization helping feed so many in the USA. It should be something known to all--where SOSA is on all peoples lips. Praise God. The blessings flow from all who care for this mission/ministry to those in need. Each year more and more people are kept from hunger through this effort. In Jesus name. Amen!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew is an incredible organization that provides food for those in need by rescuing food that otherwise would be wasted. The concept is very simple. Farmers allow volunteers to glean (gather crops after the harvest) from their crops and distribute the food to those in need. Society of St. Andrew also works with growers and distributors who have large quantities of leftover produce they cannot sell and makes sure it is delivered to agencies who feed the hungry. Society of St. Andrew can provide fresh fruits and vegetables to America's most needy for a mere 2 cents per serving. Find out more at endhunger.org

Bill17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The gleaning network of the Society of St. Andrew brings together people from different walks of life for a common purpose...providing fresh fruits and vegetables to people who are hungry. The process is a "win-win-win" proposition. Fresh produce is "rescued" from being wasted (win!), growers who donate get a tax credit (win!), and people who are hungry get fresh, nutritious produce that they couldn't afford to purchase (huge win!!) The keys to the success of the mission Society of St. Andrew include the generosity of the farmers, the dedication and hard work of the volunteers, and the effective networking by the Society staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for the MO Dept. of Corrections and they have helped our population as they reenter society. Without their help a lot of our offenders would be lost and possibly recidivate. With their assistance they are able to help our population with jobs, treatment, etc. The services they provide are very valuable in helping our population be successful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew provides an invaluable resource for thousands of families struggling with food insecurity. Here in Central Florida, the organization works together with local growers of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as people who grow fruit at home to glean that extra product that they have available. SOSA provides an extremely rewarding and efficient way to help feed those in our community who cannot afford enough of the right foods all the time. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of the most nutritious foods available are provided to our local Food Bank and other orgs. for distribution throughout the community. I am proud to highly recommend supporting this caring, well-run organization with your time, dollars, or food donations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew has been a blessing to the residents of Villa Maria Apartments in Birmingham, Al. Our independent living community is for low income seniors and those with are in need of accessible housing. Friendly volunteers deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to our residents during the growing season. As fresh fruits and vegetables are sometimes expense for persons on low income, the residents very much enjoy getting them. Most of our residents prepare their own meals and have used the helpful recipes that are sometimes included with the deliveries. Thanks so very much for including our residents in your program. Mary Kimbrough, Service Coordinator Villa Maria Apts.

Kathryn23456

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I am the communications and marketing director for the Nebraska United Methodist Conference. I love SoSA because they offer easy to access resources that we can share broadly across Nebraska to enlist others in the fight against hunger. The SoSA concept is easy for constituents to grasp and take part in.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for the Society of St. Andrew for more than 16 years and know first hand, from the inside out, and top to bottom, that it is one of the most efficient and effective nonprofit organizations in the nation. Now that I am retired I continue to support SoSA as a donor who has full confidence that my financial contributions continue to be used to the maximum to provide food for the hungry. I realize not everyone can go into the fields to glean leftover produce, but those who can't can still feed the hungry with their donations to SoSA, knowing that every dollar donated will provide as much as 30-45 servings of nourishing food to those in need in their own communities and across the nation. Carol Breitinger, Big Island, VA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew has provided our organization with hundreds of pounds of potatoes, turnips and greens. We've been able to distribute this fresh produce off our catering trucks across the city of Nashville, in low-income neighborhoods where people have little or no access to healthy, fresh food. Thank you for connecting the dots between farms with overage of fresh produce and the people who need it, Society of St. Andrew! Tallu Schuyler, Director Mobile Loaves & Fishes Nashville

Christy S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Society of St Andrews fulfills their mission admirably. But they also play a symbiotic role in boosting our local food system and helping family farms stay in business. By helping farmers receive tax credits for their donations to SoSA, they help to ensure financial viability for the small farm sector as well. Furthermore, when a farm was in jeopardy of a road realignment near Charlotte, NC, the gleaners were instrumental in demonstrating to the state DOT the value of the farm in feeding its community. I am glad to tell people early and often about the SoSA for these reasons. I'm glad they do the good work they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SOSA is a weel run orgianization ehlping to bring farmers and the hungry together. I run an agrucultural research station and we have been able to produce over 10,000 lbs of produce for the hungry in our community. SOSA plays a very important role on our station by picking fruit and vegetables that if left, would cause disease problems in the fields. All of the voulunteers are committed to getting the produce out of the field and to the homes or agency where it is greatly needed. It is good to know that we can provide a service to the communtiy by the research that is being done and by proving the proceeds for or work to the hungry.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SoSA is great. We are a state agricultural research station that works with SoSA. Over the past 5 years SoSA has gleaned well over 100,000 lbs.of fruits and vegetables from our facility. It has been win win for everyone. We allow gleaners to gather food for those in need at a savings to the state. The gleaners in turn help us by harvesting fruits and vegetables that must be removed from plantings. And it's good PR. Everyone where I work is supportive of SoSA's efforts and word has spread. More research stations across the state are on board and have SoSA glean their fields. We've have a great working relationship with SoSA. They're good(will) folks.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with the Society of St. Andrews has made it possible for us to provide tons(literally) of food for those who are hungry. I am thankful to partner with them to spread the joy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've seen the Society of St. Andrew's work at both ends --- gleaning in the fields and distributing from the food bank. They do a wonderful job of moving food from where it is wasted to where it is needed. And they do it efficiently.