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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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.

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! :-)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew has helped feed thousands of people who would otherwise go hungry. Time and time again SofSA reaches out to those in need. God bless the Society of St. Andrew.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

love that SoSA helps with the basic needs of people....supplying food.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SoSA has been gleaning fields of fresh produce for many years to help feed the hungry. They utilize many volunteers from all over the Mid Atlantic. They provide more food to local Food Banks and other sources of distribution than any other organization that I know. They also provide devotional materials to anyone who wants to participate in prayer and spiritual time. They are a wonderful organization for feeding the less fortunate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SoSA's results-based work have consistently and repeatedly earned my trust & admiration. This is faith in action, in all of the very best, most human and caring definitions of that phrase. Well managed and participation oriented, SoSA offers ordinary, busy people a simple, wholesome work experience opportunity within the context of doing good unto others: helping to feed them. What a great concept. Thanks, cheers and blessings to SoSA!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I appreciate SoSA as an organization that takes their mission to love people through and to Christ by meeting their physical needs. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~ James 1:27

Marie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use SoSA devotional materias each year for my church's spiritual growth. I have always received great feedback from the members because these devotions are so meaningful. Each time I volunteer at a potato drop, talk with SoSA staff, or highlight SoSA in my church; I have a positive experience with people who ae committed to helping in any way they can. I have complete confidence in the integrity of this ministry with thse who can help meet the needs of the hungry.

Gayle S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Society of St Andrew is a wonderful organization in that it takes food that would oherwise go to waste and uses this gleaned food to feed the hungry. I have helped on numerous potato drops, cabbage drop and gleaning for apples in the orchard. All of these events have been well organized and well attended. It's amazing to me to see how much food is wasted if not for Society of St. Andrew.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began supporting The Society of St. Andrew when it was first established. I lived in Virginia at the time & had a representative come & share the mission with our church. We have been supporters since that time. They do a fantastic job in gleaning & helping feed the hungry of our county. Karen Coffman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a gleaner. I talked to a frien of mine to help glean. After two weeks (I wore him down) he agreed to help. We gleaned in the morning and delivered in the afternoon. At the end of the day he asked, "Why aren't more people doing this?" I reminded him it only took two weeks to convince him. We had a good laugh and planned the next gleaning.

Emily K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SoSA rocks! I have led youth groups in gleaning with this organization. It's a great way to get involved in peace and justice ministries in the world!