Monthly Mission Focus – Society Of St. Andrew
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL HUNGER ACTION MONTH!
Over 70 million people in the U.S. today are food insecure. We throw away billions of pounds of good food each year. Formed in 1979 Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors.
Partnering with faith groups, secular groups, schools, and individuals, SoSA sends willing volunteers to glean (pick, dig, or gather) fresh fruits and vegetables from fields and orchards. Sharing healthy and nourishing food with hungry people, prevents food waste, and spreads the abundance that we are provided.
Potatoes this year cost an average of $0.89 per pound. Last year St. Mark’s partnered with SoSA and provided 40,000 pounds of potatoes for only $0.16 per pound! Please help us reach our fundraising goal of nearly $7000 to host this annual Potato Drop, on October 21.
- 265,432 pounds gleaned
- 1,061,728 servings of nourishing food distributed
- 1298 volunteers’ hours engaged in gleaning
- 93 hunger relief agencies sharing healthy food with hungry people in their communities
How can you help?
Financial donations to SoSA may be made online at stmarkscarmel.org/give or by using the mission offering envelope in the blue attendance pads.
Download the DAILY CALENDAR FOR PRAYER AND ACTION: scripture reading and related activity for each day of September.