SoSA at Farm Aid 2016

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews occupy the front row on the stage for a news conference at Farm Aid 2016. Society of St. Andrew hosted a tent in the Farm Aid village for the second time, explaining our feeding ministry to farmers and others who gathered for the concert.

Demonstration Board

A close-up of the demonstration board — headed to the food pantry!

“There’s a revolution starting! It’s called eating good food that your neighbors made for you … Let the earth bring us all together back to the roots. Eat good food.” These words came from Neil Young on the stage at Farm Aid 2016, held in Bristow, Virginia in September. Young has been with several musical groups, including Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He joined with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp back in 1985 to create the first of what is now an annual concert to support family farmers in America.

This year, the Society of St. Andrew was invited to be part of the “village” on the concert grounds. SoSA set up in a tent where it presented our gleaning solution to hunger in America. In addition to feeding millions of people, SoSA gleaning reduces food waste and reduces the production of dangerous greenhouse gases.

Jenny Trevey at the SoSA booth

Jenny Trevey at the SoSA booth

Jenny Trevey, our public relations associate, created a demonstration board where visitors spun an arrow that sent them on their way down one of four paths. On the 2×4 foot board, the user would then drive the little truckload of potatoes to a food pantry to feed people, to a farm to feed the animals, back to the field to be buried in the ground, or to a landfill to become nothing but gas-producing garbage.

Jenny and SoSA staffers Renee Scott and Stella Carson ran the booth in the tent all day, speaking with hundreds of farmers and other concert-goers who came by to learn more about gleaning and the work of the Society of St. Andrew. That evening, the 2016 concert featured Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and many other musical groups, entertaining the huge crowd, and reminding them that we depend on America’s farmers to feed us all. America’s farmers also work with SoSA to feed the hungry across the nation. We appreciate them and their generosity every day.

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VOLUNTEER WAIVER

In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

Photos, videos, and other images in which I, or a registered family member, appear that are taken during gleanings may be used by the Society of St. Andrew for news coverage, newsletters, reports, displays, and for other print, broadcast, web, or electronic news or promotional purposes.

I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

For a PDF print version of this waiver, click here.

How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.