Gleaning America's Fields ~ Feeding
Society of St.
SoSA West needs your help to continue its work of
saving produce from going to waste and feeding hungry people across the country.
SoSA West depends on donations from
churches, individuals, and foundations to sustain our programs. We operate with a
firm belief in good stewardship. No less than 90% of our total income is
directly invested into packaging and transporting produce, so your donations go
directly into feeding 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 those in need.
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 programs.
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
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
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