SoSA Board Member Loves Filing Taxes

Andrew Benjamin has filed 50,000 tax returns. Andrew loves preparing returns to help other people.

At the Society of St. Andrew, we know Andrew Benjamin as a member of our Board of Directors. He flies from Minnesota to the hills of Virginia twice a year to meet with other board members and help guide the work of feeding the hungry. Now the world knows Andrew as the man who helps others in the way he knows best. His story was recently carried on KARE-TV in Minneapolis – see that story below. After that, the story was picked up and aired nationally on the NBC Evening News. You’ll see why. It’s a story that will lift your spirits, maybe even make your day.

Thank you, Andrew. We appreciate what you do for SoSA. And now we appreciate what you do, and have done for the past 35 years, for so many others.

Andrew Benjamin

Andrew Benjamin, SoSA Board Member, hauling potatoes at a potato drop held in Virginia in 2016.

This photo shows Andrew relentlessly carrying bags of potatoes to a staging area. Andrew and the rest of the Board of Directors worked at a potato drop held in 2016 when we all recognized Executive Director Mike Waldmann as he retired from SoSA. More than 40,000 pounds of potatoes were bagged up that day and put onto feeding agency trucks and trailers.



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.