National Site: Society of St. Andrew GA

Background

Volunteer Relations

Check ou these excellent suggestions for volunteer recruitment, management, and appreciation.

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Donor Relations: Farmers

Society of St. Andrew GA offers suggestions for how to start and manage partnerships with farmers.

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Produce Recovery

Fruit Tree/Orchard Gleans

Best practices on coordinating an orchard or fruit tree glean.

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U-Pick Gleaning

Use SoSA's suggestions for a successful u-pick glean.

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Row Crop Produce Recovery

How to organize a row-crop glean.

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Managing Partnerships with Emergency Food Distributors

Suggestions for how to find, manage, and maintain partnerships with community agencies who distribute emergency food.

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Gleaning Tips & Tricks

Some great tips from SoSA GA

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Society of St. Andrew Georgia Gleaning Network opened in Tifton in 2007. It is a southwest Georgia town with a population of about 20,000 citizens but rich with crop farmers in the immediate area. Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) covers a gleaning operation for all of the state of Georgia, overseen by the Program Coordinator. The state currently has one Area Coordinator in Cleveland, Georgia, covering the mountain region in North Georgia. The VISTA works alongside the Program Coordinator in Tifton, gathering best practices of gleaning to expand the gleaning network to other regions in south Georgia. Being located in a Southern U.S., rural area presents several challenges including transportation for both volunteers and recipients, aging populations, lack of economic development in small communities, lack of access to fresh produce, and racially divided communities. Georgia ranks ninth in the nation when it comes to food insecurity for the senior population, and overall food insecurity for the state is 16.7 percent in 2015. As of November 2017, the SoSA Gleaning Network with has collected 1.3 million pounds of produce that has been distributed to community agencies throughout Georgia.