Accomplished January-March 2018
3.7 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
2.1 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 5.8 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
17.4 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
654 Events Held and 4,950 Volunteers Engaged
News And Events
Feeding Hungry People — That’s Why We’re Here
On average, SoSA donors and volunteers, with the support of farmers, provide food for almost 235 thousand people every week.
In Ohio, George Jensen is Known as “Tater” — There’s a Reason for That
Jensen has gleaned with the Society of St. Andrew for about 20 years. He thinks (at age 80) this might be his last year of leading the gleaning effort in Ohio. Meantime, he’s gearing up for the 2018 growing season, providing this encouragement: “We want to give the producers a reminder since it’s getting close to planting time. We pray for bountiful harvests; so bountiful that we would appreciate the leftovers to help feed the hungry of this country,” Thanks for years of great work, George.
Greenhouse Gleaning in Georgia
How do you glean in Georgia in March? Why not go to a greenhouse? Sam “The Gourdmaster” White is director of The Village Community Garden in Sylvester, Georgia. He also volunteers with SoSA. He and our Georgia office coordinated with food educators on “Ancestor’s Day” to collect greens and vegetables to create healthy and delicious salads.
Florida Gleaning Season Continues
Larry Rood is our gleaning coordinator in North Florida. He says “It’s a lot of work, but I do it because I’m passionate about helping those in need and keeping food from going to waste. Recently the Anastasia Island Community Journal ran a nice story about churches and schools gleaning with SoSA.
Chicago Area Potato Drop
Located in the nearby town of Burr Ridge, the Zoroastrian Center of Chicago knew there were many feeding agencies helping to feed the poorest people in and around the Windy City. They worked with SoSA for a potato drop that supplied plenty of potatoes to the Illinois Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, the Interfaith Food Pantry, and several local food pantries. Zoroastrians believe in “good thoughts, good words, and good deeds” — a SoSA potato drop is a great way to participate in all three!