SoSA FL offers suggestions for how to recruit, manage, and appreciate volunteers.
Volunteer and donor relation plays a role in marketing but so does grant and fundraising activities. Take a look at their fundraising events and potential grants list.
How to maintain relationships with grower donors.
With many popular produce growing from trees in Florida, safety is their number one priority for their volunteers, SoSA personnel and even the falling fruit.
What to do if there's nothing to glean but lots of volunteers!
When there is nothing for volunteers to glean, they are not turned away. Instead, they are redirected to farms who need assistance.
Check out the benefits of U-Pick Gleaning
Check out SoSA FL's best practices for row crop gleans.
Tips on what information you need from food pantries and community agencies as you partner with them to distribute your gleaned produce.
The Society of Saint Andrew (SoSA) can trace its humble origins to two families and a sheep shed in Big Island, Virginia in 1973. From these roots, the nation’s premier food rescue nonprofit has blossomed. SoSA’s primary function is gleaning, going into a field to harvest leftover or unwanted produce, and then giving this food to agencies free of charge. Additionally, SoSA has the Potato & Produce project, gathering truckloads of produce for distribution, and the Harvest of Hope, a retreat program for long-distance volunteers to glean and serve. Since 1995, the Society of Saint Andrew has maintained a presence throughout the state of Florida. The primary program, the Florida Gleaning Network, mobilizes over 3 thousand volunteers to gather 4 to 6 million pounds of produce annually. The Sunshine State is a veritable agricultural cornucopia, providing such produce as: onions, white potatoes, bok choy, peaches, pears, strawberries, cabbage, lemons, cucumbers, squash, starfruit, oranges, avocados, and the infamous Zellwood sweet corn.
The Florida office is located in Orlando and oversees all projects and events for the state. The state office team holds three full-time staff: the State Director, a Program Coordinator, and a Harvest Against Hunger AmeriCorps VISTA. The state is sectioned off into geographical regions: South, East, West, West Central, Central, and the Panhandle. Each area holds a satellite gleaning coordinator position who works part-time to carry out gleans in the district.