Accomplished January 1 to September 30, 2017
13,689,093 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
8,317,114 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 22,006,207 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
66,018,621 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
4,153 Events Held and 20,635 Volunteers Engaged
News and Events
The Smith Family of Presque Isle, Maine Recognized for Its Generosity
Smith’s Farm has donated white potatoes to SoSA since 1984 — more than 800 truckloads!. The farm was recently recognized for both its business effectiveness and its generosity. Tara Smith Vighetti, a 6th-generation family member (2nd from left in photo) says, “We strive to minimize food waste, and we help others who need it,” The company is a major provider of potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower to Hannaford Supermarkets.
The Rev. Willie Petty — a Model of Volunteering
Rev. Willie Petty and his wife, CeeCee, began volunteering with the Society of St. Andrew by gleaning fields and picking up excess produce at warehouses. Now, he coordinates efforts over a large region of the state of Mississippi. This photo shows Rev. Petty and a volunteer getting ready to move a pickup truck of potatoes to a food pantry.
Girl Scouts Feeding the Hungry with SoSA and the Haywood Gleaners
Girl Scouts, ages 7 to 14, from Asheville and Waynesville, North Carolina, recently picked apples they sent to nine recipient agencies that serve food-insecure Haywood County residents. The day was organized in cooperation with the Haywood Gleaners, a group that connects with growers to get any produce that would be left to rot after harvest into the hands of those who need it. Haywood Gleaners is affiliated with the Society of St. Andrew.
Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry Distributes SoSA Potatoes for the 5th Year
The Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry in Ironton, Ohio holds an annual Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. Some of the 42,000 pounds of potatoes received from SoSA will go into that dinner, and some was distributed by the food pantry. In addition, much of the load was shared with South Point United Methodist Church, Trinity Assembly of God Church, Chesapeake Community Mission Outreach, Lawrence County Community Center, Sandhill Church, and Ironton City Mission. SoSA potato deliveries are usually shared among many feeding agencies.