Human Services

The Society of Saint Andrew, Inc.

  • Big Island, VA

Mission Statement

To introduce people to God's grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers: Food for the body, God's word for the spirit, Community of love for the heart, Opportunity for those who desire action.

Main Programs

  1. The Gleaning Network
  2. The Potato and Produce Project
  3. Harvest of Hope

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Mr. Steven Michael Waldmann

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hunger, food, feeding the hungry, food bank, nutrition, gleaning

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Also Known As

Society of St. Andrew


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

1. SoSA saved over 32 million pounds of produce from going to waste in 2013. 2. SoSA provided over 97 million servings of food to the hungry in 2013. 3. SoSA had over 37 thousand volunteers in 2013. 4. SoSA's overhead costs were just 3.4% in 2013 5. SoSA provided highly nutritious food into every county in the state of VA. 6. SoSA's goal is to increase the amount of fresh produce saved from going to waste and distribute that food to our state's increasing number of hungry citizens. 7. SoSA's goal is to increase the number of volunteers participating in these programs. 8. SoSA's goal is to expand our operations into underserved regions.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

The Gleaning Network

Whether harvested mechanically or by hand, millions of tons of produce that does not meet top market specifications are left behind in the fields during harvest. SoSA coordinates with hundreds of farmers across the country who generously donate their leftover crops to feed the hungry. We then coordinate and supervise field gleaning events where our tens of thousands of volunteers simply pick-up the good crops left behind. Each year, about 3,000 gleaning events are conducted that result in millions of pounds of nutritious produce being saved and distributed to the hungry. SoSA volunteers then take this fresh produce directly to hundreds of feeding agencies and programs right in the local area where the gleaning is conducted. SoSA provides all the coordination and supervision among farmers, volunteers, transportation, and vital feeding programs that receive the food at no cost. Those receiving this nutritious food include: Food Banks (large and small), soup kitchens, homeless shelters, AIDS hospice homes, Salvation Army feeding programs, Senior feeding centers, and a host of other essential feeding programs in local areas. All are in desperate need of the fresh produce that this program provides in order to meet the nutritional need of those they serve.


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Program 2

The Potato and Produce Project

After being harvested, fresh produce is sent to a packing facility where it undergoes another ""grade out"" process before it is packaged for final shipping. Once again, millions of pounds of produce that is perfectly good to eat are discarded as not meeting top market grade. This excess bounty is normally dumped in our nation's landfills when it could be used to feed the hungry instead. SoSA intercepts as much of this food as possible and ships truckloads of this perfectly good, but rejected, produce to all 48 contiguous states. The produce is donated at no cost, but SoSA must pay the packing and freight cost associated with shipping it to feeding agencies across the country. Each truckload saved is about 45,000 pounds of produce that will result in over 135,000 nutritious servings.




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Program 3

Harvest of Hope

Harvest of Hope is our education program. It is designed to inform people about the hunger problem while encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to becoming part of the solution. At Harvest of Hope, participants work in fields gleaning food for the hungry, study hunger issues, participate in Christian worship, and have fun! A variety of events take place throughout the year: week-long retreats for senior high youth (completed grades 9-12) and their adult sponsors; weekend retreats for junior high youth (completed grades 6-8) and their adult sponsors; a weekend retreat for college groups and young adults (ages 18-30); and weekend intergenerational retreats for ages 10 to 100. Harvest of Hope educates participants about the hunger problem domestically and globally and encourages them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.




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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to end hunger in the U.S. Although we cannot accomplish this alone, We do all we can every year to rescue good food that would otherwise go to waste, and instead feed hungry people. Every year, we are successful in providing fresh, nutritious food to millions of hungry people.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have three primary programs to achieve our goal. Each year we: 1) coordinate the shipment of tractor-trailer loads of fruits and vegetables directly from farms and packing houses to volunteer groups who bag up the food and then straight to food banks and other feeding agencies, 2) we coordinate the generous donations of generous farmers and tens of thousands of volunteers to pick and deliver fresh food to food pantries and food banks, 3) we run camps in the spring, summer, and fall in which groups of youth and inter-generational groups learn about hunger in America, learn how to do something about it, and take their experience, knowledge, and commitment back to their communities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have proved to be remarkably successful in our coordination of farmers, packing houses, volunteers, and feeding agencies. All of our constituent groups are eager participants - as long as we provide the initiative and expertise. We have now done so for more than 30 years. Our coordination results in more than 30 million pounds of fresh food delivered to the hungry across America every year.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We carefully track all of our work. We always know how many events we have held, how many volunteers we have coordinated, and how many pounds of exactly which foods we have delivered. Although there are great variations in weather and food markets, we always know exactly how we are doing, where we might focus our efforts, and how many people have received food due to our work.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our progress is measured month-by-month, year-by-year. Progress is feeding a hungry person. Despite variations in weather and markets, we still exceed 30 million pounds every year in food delivered.

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Funding Needs

1. The key components to this successful ministry that we seek to increase are: a. Growers/farmers to donate leftover fresh produce b. Volunteers to help glean and distribute the millions of pounds of produce we save and distribute each year c. Financial supporters that help make all this possible. We use no government funding so all our funding comes from Individuals, churches of all denominations, and Foundations and Corporations. 2. At less than 3 cents per serving it is easy to determine how much food each donation will provide.



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The Society of Saint Andrew, Inc.



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Mr. Steven Michael Waldmann


Retired Coast Guard officer with 20 years extensive experience in Command positions as well as operational and fiscal management. A volunteer with SoSA for 6 years before coming on staff in 1994. Since 1996 he has served as the Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all day-to-day operations and was promoted to Executive Director in 2008.


"Society of St. Andrew is one of the most successful, effective, and efficient nonprofits in the country. SoSA addresses two very real and vital problems in our nation: hunger and nutrition, and does so in a way that "just makes sense". Our programs prevent waste and reduce our nation's landfills. SoSA engages tens of thousands of volunteers, thousands of farmers and produce growers, and thousands of essential feeding programs. As a result, we feed millions of hungry Americans at just pennies per pound. SoSA brings it all together in a remarkable way. And we do this with a total overhead cost of just 3.4%! With distribution reaching into all 48 contiguous states, the Society of St. Andrew has a broad impact on a critical problem. The importance of SoSA's ministry is highlighted by the fact that we are often the only source of fresh produce available to many of the poor in our land. Nutrition is essential in any diet, and especially so for those who may get just one meal a day. The fresh fruits and vegetables that SoSA provides are often the only highly nutritious food available to those in poverty. Food Banks, soup kitchens, and other feeding agencies also depend on SoSA as a source of fresh produce to balance the long shelf-life food donations they normally receive. In 2012 we set all new records in all our important metrics. Achieving these accomplishments in the current economic environment is a hallmark of our success. The Gleaning Network, the Potato and Produce Project, and the Harvest of Hope all had a very successful year. That success was made possible by a wonderful network of thousands of farmers and growers, tens of thousands of volunteers, and thousands of feeding agencies; as well as individual, church, and corporate financial supporters in every state; and a remarkable staff and a dedicated and engaged Board of Directors. It all came together so that millions more hungry Americans could be fed."



Mr. Gil Hanke

United Methodist Men

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2013


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