Society of St. Andrew is in the running for $250,000 grant

9/15/2010

front page photo from http://www.endhunger.org

The Society of St. Andrew is in the running to be awarded a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project. If the organization is selected, that money would help provide 9 million servings of food to hungry Americans.

The Society of St. Andrew is a grassroots, faith-based, hunger relief nonprofit organization working with all denominations to bridge the hunger gap between 96 billion pounds of food wasted every year in the United States and the nearly 40 million Americans who live in poverty. The organization relies on support from donors, volunteers and farmers as volunteers glean nutritious excess produce from farmers' fields and orchards after harvest and deliver it to people in need across the United States.

During 2010, the Pepsi Refresh Project will give away more than $20 million to “refresh the world,” one idea at a time. Each month, Pepsi will award up to $1.3 million in grants to the ideas with the most votes. Pepsi will accept up to 1,000 new ideas every month and the public decides who wins by voting for a project online or through text message.

In order to receive the grant, The Society of St. Andrew needs to be a top vote-getting idea. For more information and ways to vote for the Society of St. Andrew, visit their website at www.endhunger.org. Individuals may vote every day during the month of September.

The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) gets it’s name from the biblical disciple Andrew who was always introducing others to our Lord. Most notably, Andrew played a crucial role in the feeding of the 5,000 when he brought the boy with five barley loaves and two small fish to Jesus, which he multiplied to feed the crowd.

In it’s work, the SoSA targets two main points of large volume food waste: farmers' fields after harvest and packing operations. At both locations, millions of tons of edible food that simply is not perfect enough for grocery stores is left behind or taken to landfills and dumped as waste.

The food recovery program coordinates growers, volunteers, and feeding agencies to save millions of pounds of produce left behind in fields during harvest. They coordinate and supervise field gleaning events where more then 34,000 volunteers a year simply pick up the good crops left behind. Volunteers take the fresh food directly to feeding agencies.

In addition, SoSA saves tractor-trailer loads of donated produce from packing operations where it undergoes another "grade out" process. Usually rejected loads end up at local landfills. However, SoSA redirect this bounty of fresh, nutritious produce to vital feeding agencies across the nation. The hungry receive this food at no cost.

The SoSA website notes, that if the organization wins the $250,000 grant the funds will not be used to cover any personnel, administrative, fundraising or other overhead related costs. Instead the funds would be used as follows:

  • $ 150,000 freight for 9 million servings of food for the hungry
  • $ 95,500 packaging for 3 million pounds of donated produce
  • $ 4,500 field gleaning equipment

For the Pepsi Refresh Project, Pepsi is partnering with three organizations dedicated to making a positive difference in the world: GOOD, a leading platform for thought and action revolving around pushing the world forward; Global Giving, an online marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them; and Do Something, the largest non-profit teen charity. The Pepsi Refresh Project can be found at www.refresheverything.com.


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