The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is a national nonprofit hunger-relief ministry that rescues 25-30 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year that otherwise would go to waste for various marketing reasons. This food then is distributed to critical feeding agencies across the country – at no cost to the agencies or the hungry people they serve.
To date, well more than 1,000,000 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 29 truckloads) already have been delivered by Society of St. Andrew to agencies in 12 states.
However, there still is much more to do!
A North Carolina grower has offered a donation of up to 6.3 million pounds of sweet potatoes that SoSA can ship to feeding programs.
This is more than 18 million servings of food for hungry people. But funds are needed to cover the transportation costs to keep the trucks rolling.
As of May 24, 66 truckloads have been scheduled – however, it will take up to 150 full truckloads to move the sweet potatoes to feeding agencies across the South, as far north as New York, and west to Kansas. Each truck carries 42,000 pounds of food to its destination for $1,000-$2,500, depending on distance. That's only 2.5 to 6 cents per pound! A ton of potatoes is delivered for just $50-100.
How can you help?
You can donate securely online here or send a check to Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Rd., Big Island, VA, 24526-8517. In the memo line, write: Emergency Sweet Potato Appeal.
One hundred percent of funds from this appeal will go directly to packing and delivering these potatoes.
More information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger-relief programs – Gleaning Network, Potato & Produce Project, Harvest of Hope, and Hunger Relief Advocate Initiative – is available online at endhunger.org.
Resolution #4093 in the 2008 United Methodist Book of Resolutions:
Be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church commend the Society of St. Andrew, a national Christian hunger-relief ministry, as a partner organization with The United Methodist Church in the alleviation of hunger in the United States.
Furthermore, we commend this partnership between local churches and the Society of St. Andrew through volunteer service and gifts through the Advance Special.