Gleaning America's Fields ~ Feeding
PO Box 300323
SoSA West needs your help to continue its work of saving
produce from going to waste and feeding hungry people across the country.
SoSA depends on
donations from churches, individuals, and foundations to sustain our programs.
We operate with a firm belief in good stewardship. About 95% of our total income
goes directly into providing food - your donations are used to feed people in
need. Furthermore, we don’t waste money duplicating efforts and processes
already in place in food banks and agencies. Instead, we seek to increase
efficiencies by partnering with them to provide wholesome, nutritious food to
hungry individuals and families.
The western headquarters of Society of St. Andrew seeks to partner with farmers,
growers, packers, wholesalers, truckers/transportation firms, and other produce
handlers across the western United States to turn excess, graded-out or rejected
produce into nutritious, healthy meals for millions of impoverished Americans.
We track all donations, and at the end of each year, we provide each donor with
an itemized report listing all donations they made that year for tax purposes.
Potato and Produce Project
Through our Potato and Produce Project, we work
with large donations of excess or graded-out produce that we deliver by the
tractor trailer load directly to food banks capable of their distribution. We
also provide this produce to churches that organize Produce Drops, providing a
drop site, and volunteers to package and deliver the food to food banks,
pantries, and other feeding agencies as part of their community outreach
SoSA works with transport companies and truckers
in the continental United States to salvage produce rejected at the point of
sale. This means that if you have a full or partial load of fresh produce
anywhere in the continental U.S. that has been rejected for cosmetic reasons
(not for bacterial contamination), you can call 816-921-0856 and we will work
with you to find a place the truck can donate that produce, to avoid dumping
fees and help to feed people in need in that area. We track all donations, and
at the end of each year, we provide each donor with an itemized report listing
all donations they made that year for tax purposes.
Farmers and growers can also participate in our
Gleaning Network by donating their fields and orchards after their harvest. This
allows SoSA volunteers to come in and glean what’s left by the harvesting
equipment or workers.
Across America, 25-30 thousand people volunteer
to glean for SoSA every year. From apples and blueberries, to squash and
pumpkins, SoSA volunteers glean every fruit and vegetable grown in the United
States. We do backyard gleanings of fruit trees, orchard and field gleanings –
wherever food is grown, we will glean. SoSA volunteers also work Potato Drops,
packaging and transporting potatoes and other produce “dropped” in their church
parking lots. Additionally, SoSA West is looking into new ways to partner with
area farmers that will provide volunteer opportunities throughout the growing
season and give us the opportunity to obtain some of the harvest as well as the
gleaned crops. There are volunteer opportunities in the office at SoSA West as
well. We appreciate all volunteers. Just call our office at 816-921-0856 or
fill out our form.
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