Help Feed the Hungry in Virginia
SoSA Virginia needs your help to continue its work of saving produce from going to waste and feeding hungry people across the country.
SoSA depends on donations from churches, individuals, and foundations to sustain our programs. We operate with a firm belief in good stewardship. About 95% 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.
We partner with farmers, growers, packers, and other produce handlers to turn culled and graded-out produce into nutritious, healthy meals for millions of impoverished Americans. Through our Potato and Produce Project, farmers, growers and other produce handlers donate semi-trailer loads of culled or graded-out produce that we deliver directly to food banks capable of their distribution. We also provide this produce to churches that provide volunteers to package and deliver it to food banks, pantries, and other feeding agencies as part of their community outreach programs. 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 workers.
Across America, 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, we partner with area farmers that provide volunteer opportunities throughout the growing season and give us the opportunity to obtain some of the harvest as well as the gleaned crops. We appreciate all volunteers.