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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

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Society of St. Andrew does an excellent job of rescuing fresh fruit and vegetables from the fields and getting it to people who need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

WOW! Fresh produce direct from growing fields provided free to people at risk of hunger is a commodity they seldom have the benefit of receiving. And the number of charities, regardless of their mission, that perform as effectively and financially responsibly as the Society of St. Andrew are very few and very far between. The thousands of people of all ages and walks of life who volunteer their time and energy to glean this food from fields are so desirous of and dedicated to helping those in need that they often volunteer time and time again, year after year. The Society of St. Andrew, with their Gleaning Network, Potatoe and Produce Project and educational Harvest of Hope program, is the leader in hunger relief with fresh produce. This charity is more than worth supporting both with volunteer hours and financial donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! Our church has supported them for many years and cannot think of a better group to donate to.

Donor

Rating: 5

Society of St. Andrew does a great job in gleaning and donating the produce to food pantries to be distributed to persons who otherwise wouldn't have fresh produce.

haqiqu

Donor

Rating: 5

There is no better warrior to end hunger than The Society of St. Andrew. They take fresh produce, gleaned from the fields or donated by farmers and farmer's markets and see that it is distributed to people in need. Nearly 100% of their funds are used to this end. They are the best!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

There is absolutely nothing negative I could say about this organization. Their work is win-win-win. Farmers have a place to donate their abundance of crops, the food goes to hungry people in the same area and good people come together to glean those crops, package them and get them to the hungry/homeless. The Society of St. Andrew perfectly embodies "waste not, want not." This is truly love in action!

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Mary480

Donor

Rating: 5

Aside from their superlative efficiency with the money I donate, I especially like this charity because they accept no government funds.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I am not able to volunteer, I am able to donate funds each month to SOSA. It has been one of our greatest joys to be able to say we helped. It is a great organization and being from Big Island I can say that with all sincerity. Keep up the good work!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Society of Saint Andrew is doing a phenomenal job bringing together two different groups in need -- farmers who have an excess of produce or produce they are unable to harvest and those in need and hungry. Working with individuals, organizations, and churches, they are able to harvest and distribute amazing amounts of food that would otherwise go to waste. Always happy to support their efforts.

jdevine18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have praised this organization before, and gladly do so again. They reclaim good food that otherwise would go to waste, and they distribute it to people who need it. Win-Win! They provide opportunities for volunteers to get out into the fields to see where food comes from, and for people of faith to put that faith into action (and get their hands dirty). They reduce environmental hazards due to wasted food; they increase nutritional well-being for people who don't regularly receive fresh food. Makes sense on so many levels. I have gladly supported them for more than 30 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For three decades now, I have personally supported this organization. Doesn't it make all the sense in the world to save good food that would otherwise be thrown away, and take it to hungry people? There's no reason for hunger in the USA. SOSA knows "enough is enough". There IS enough food for everyone. The challenge is to distribute it. And that's what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

God's Hands & Feet Global Ministry has been blessed by the ministry of the Society of St Andrew their Advent & Lenten Devotionals and also the Vacation Bible School materials that they freely provide are spiritual food for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Society of St. Andrew nonprofit ministry also provides a powerful witness for Christ with their gleaning ministry that feeds many who are hungry! In addition to supporting SOSA financially we also do so spiritually interceding on behalf of all those who've put their hand to the plow in order to serve the people of God in this great way! During our Annual Easter Basket Blessing we placed a SOSA Lenten Devotional and Coin-box in each basket.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This 30-year-old non-sectarian national hunger relief agency distributes fresh produce and a wide variety of other healthy foods to a wide variety of frugal community agencies nationwide.
It recruits volunteers to glean quality produce directly at farms and orchards, as well as food donations from a variety of food vendors, thereby salvaging much food that otherwise would be wasted!
It has grown steadily over 30 years in the quantity and quality of donated food distributed and the number of volunteers of all ages.
It also has programs educating teens and all ages in causes of and solutions to hunger in America and worldwide.
Its overhead costs are under 8% - excellent in comparison to many other worthy charities!
I have personally supported its healthy food gathering and distribution throughout its 30-plus years, and have been continually blessed by being a blessing to so many of the hungry in this way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have not attended any of their gleanings or distribution events, I have supported them monetarily for many years. I have also encouraged many of my fellow church members to donate to SOSA to get more "bang for their buck."

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Donor

Rating: 5

They use the money we've raised and sent them to feed way more people than we ever could on our own. They make use of everything and every opportunity!

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Donor

Rating: 5

These guys do the most incredible job of matching need with an excess of supply. They provide through the gleaning network and many volunteers the means for good but excess produce to reach those who need it most. This helps the growers who need to dispose of excess produce and provides healthy food for those in need. They also do this for a phenomenally low overhead so that donations go to help those in need. I have been a supporter of SOSA for over 30 years and have never had any reason to regret supporting them. They continue to amaze me with what they can accomplish.

1 Joyce58

Donor

Rating: 5

Have never been able to help with gleaning or gathering produce, but have supported financially for years. Appreciate the genuine concern for people who are hungry and the major efforts put in to gather food and see it put to good use.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOSA has done some amazing work and we are happy to have donated to this group over the last 2 years. Most recently we used their VBS materials to educate our young children about hunger and poverty locally and nationally. Living in a rural community our children are familiar with gleaning. To reach beyond our borders has been eye opening for them. We are very thankful for these hard working people and their continued mission rescuing food that otherwise would be wasted! Robin

1 South Austin C.

Donor

Rating: 5

We at South Austin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) financially support Society of St. Andrews. We enjoy the uplifting devotionals they give to us at no cost for participating in their seasonal programs. We are looking forward in giving to this worthy cause again!

Donor

Rating: 5

Years ago a representative from the Society of Saint Andrew made a presentation at our church. We were so impressed with the depth of commitment that was evidenced in what we learned about the Society that began to make regular contributions. Since that time we have never missed an opportunity to support this program for it is carrying out one of the basic teachings of both the Old and New Testaments, namely feeding the hungry. Over the years we've been increasingly impressed with the extent of the Society's outreach while operating on a very basic budget. We can't imagine a more meaningful or effective use of the monies we set aside for charitable contributions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When the Society was formed it was to help organize efforts at moving produce that would otherwise be left in fields to rot. The resulting gleaning programs succeeded beyond expectations and spawned other projects that all aim at delivering food to those without the resources to provided adequately for themselves and their families. From humble beginnings the Society of Saint Andrew remains unassuming in its headquarters and staff. Maybe the most inspiring aspect of all this is that so little of the contributed monies go to maintaining offices and personnel. Theirs is truly a ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always been enthused about the mission and work of Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) - the principle of salvaging use-able fresh foods and sharing it with food banks so that it goes directly to people who can use it. Gleaning events are hands-on and inter-generational, and the Harvest of Hope programs are longer sessions which include spiritual and educational components. I love the annual Christmas "donor" cards with their unique and inspirational art. I always look for ways to promote and support SoSA.

Donor

Rating: 5

I research each and every charity that I donate to, and Society of St. Andrew has the least amount earmarked for administrative costs! The bulk of monies received goes to do the work of feeding the hungry! I also love being able to send Christmas cards each year through St. Andrews. Each year is a different artist with their own design proclaiming the birth of Jesus the Savior! Also, they have beautiful Advent materials you can print out! Wonderful organization! If you donate, you are assured it is used most efficiently!