SoSA Will Help Victims of the 2017 Hurricanes

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane / Tropical Storm Harvey rainfall as of August 28, 2017

Your gifts for Hurricane Disaster Relief will send fresh produce into areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in the coming months as recovery efforts continue.


At this time, the people in Southeast Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and Florida affected by the 2017 hurricanes need the most basic types of assistance. They likely have no means for preparing or storing food, so shelf-stable, ready-to-eat food makes the most sense. This is not the type of food SoSA acquires or distributes.

Packing Potatoes

SoSA volunteers packing potatoes for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Moreover, the infrastructure for getting food into the area and distributing it is currently a shambles: the flooding is still happening, roads are impassable or destroyed, rescues are ongoing, and distribution command centers haven’t even been set up.

Disaster-relief nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), Episcopal Relief and Development, Mennonite Committee on Relief, Week of Compassion/Disciples Volunteering, and others are trained and equipped to be immediate, efficient responders when natural disasters hit.

A victim of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with potatoes supplied by SoSA.

Intense recovery work in these areas will continue for a year or longer, and that will give way to chronic recovery work that may last more than a decade.

The Society of St. Andrew will stay out of the way in this immediate response time, but will seek opportunities to get fresh produce into affected areas when our agency partners on the ground there tell us they are ready to receive and distribute it.



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.