The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is an ecumenical Christian ministry that feeds the hungry all year-long by saving fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and giving it to the needy. SoSA’s unique approach is the “Gleaning Network,” a project that coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage food for the needy.
Each year, 35,000 volunteers from churches, synagogues, scout troops, senior-citizen groups, and other groups coordinated by Hunger Advocates participate in Society of St. Andrew gleaning activities. They salvage over 11 million pounds of produce for the poor. Monetary gifts for this program are encouraged from October through November. Locally, gleaners are hard at work in the fields from May-October picking a variety of produce for local and state wide food pantries.
Relief Supply Kits for Annual Conference
Each year our congregation packs kits to take with us to Annual Conference in June. We primarily take school kits and health kits, although a wide variety of kits are needed. These kits are collected and then distributed any place there is a need. Some end up in other countries and others end up close to home when a disaster strikes. More information on these Relief Supply Kits, the items needed to put them together and where they end up can be found at UMCOR’s website.
Through the Samaritan’s Purse, we participate in packing shoe boxes to offer hope to children everywhere. These boxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies will begin to fill the church in October. We know that Christ’s love is changed through these small boxes and it is joy to be a part. Look for your shoe box coming to church soon! Or use your own. The link above will give you all the information you need to know.