Frequently Asked Questions About Our Programs

How can I donate to the Society of St. Andrew?

The quickest and easiest way to donate to our ministry is to make a credit card donation online. You can do so through our donation page. The page also contains information about other ways to give. Go to Donation Page

Where can I volunteer to glean?

We have gleaning operations active in a number of states. You can volunteer by selecting your state on our volunteer page. Go to the Volunteer Page

How does gleaning work?

Farmers agree to open their fields or orchards to volunteers to collect food left over after the harvest. Sometimes, they will even allow volunteers to harvest crops if market forces make them uneconomical to harvest otherwise. A Society of St. Andrew gleaning coordinator arranges for volunteers to go into the donated fields and orchards to pick up the perfectly edible food left behind. The gleaning coordinator arranges for the food to be either delivered to, or picked up by, local agencies serving the hungry – at no cost to them. More about the Gleaning Network

How does the Potato and Produce Project work?

Fresh vegetables and fruits are donated to us by farmers, brokers, packing houses, and food distribution warehouses. We pay for the packaging (when necessary) of the donated food and for transporting it to an organization that can receive and distribute it. Often these are food banks, but sometimes we deliver truckloads of food to churches, schools, and other places where volunteers then distribute the food of hunger relief organizations. The receiving agencies then distribute this food to organizations that serve those in need at no cost to the recipients. More about the Potato & Produce Project

Where does the Society of St. Andrew operate?

We have regional offices coordinating gleaning in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Additional gleaning is done in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Our Potato and Produce Project operates across the United States. We do not operate outside the United States.

How is the Society of St. Andrew different from my local food bank?

The Society of St. Andrew provides fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to food banks (and other organizations that serve those in need) across the U.S. at no cost to them, enabling these organizations to stretch their already-tight budgets. We do not charge recipient organizations handling fees for the food we provide, and ask that they don’t charge fees for the food we provide them. We are an ecumenical ministry that recognizes the spiritual dimension of helping others and provide spiritual growth materials to those interested. The food we rescue and deliver to recipient agencies would often otherwise end up in landfills. Our efforts therefore have a positive environmental effect.

Where does the Society of St. Andrew get its funding?

About 33% of our funding comes from individuals who financially support our ministry. Donations from churches, church agencies, and groups affiliated with churches account for about 38% of our funding. The remaining 28% of our financial support comes from foundations and corporations. We receive no funding from government. More About our Funding

What is your organization’s overhead cost?

We are independently audited each year and our most recent audit is available online. As with all nonprofit organizations, “overhead” costs include the costs associated with administration of the ministry and the costs for raising funds. We consistently keep these costs significantly below 8% of our expenses. For comparison, the American Institute of Philanthropy, a national charity watchdog service, will give a high grade to charities that spend as much as 25% on raising money. See our Current Numbers

Can I glean if I don’t have a local gleaning coordinator in my area?

YES YOU CAN! In fact, we encourage you to do so. We’ll gladly send you some guidance on how to set up an occasional gleaning event in your area. We only ask that you let us know how it went when you’re finished. Also, let us know if you are interested in serving as a gleaning coordinator in your area.  Email Us   Download Gleaning Handbooks

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