Not Just Farms
The mission of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is to bring people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. Most of their efforts are through gleaning farms, but if there is an opportunity beyond the field that allows SoSA to reduce food waste and feed hungry neighbors, they will take it.
In May 2019, the Tennessee region of Society of St. Andrew received a call from Gameday Market grocery store, in Cleveland, Tennessee, who said they would be closing their doors. The owner wanted the food to be used, and found SoSA from a Google search. SoSA found a local agency People Feeding People, in Benton, TN and the Caring Place in Cleveland, TN, and connected them with the market.
Through this glean, there were 3,288 pounds diverted from the landfill. This included the following:
• 7 cases of Bush’s Baked Beans
• 3 cases sourdough pretzels (12 bags/case)
• 1 case horseradish
• 3 cases ketchup
• 3 cases yellow mustard
• 3 cases spicy mustard
• 3 cases relish
• 1000 bags of chips
• 6 cases frozen cookie dough
• 1 case gyros
• 10 banana boxes of meat equaling about 650 pounds
• 5 cases of frozen bread
• 4 cases of tea/energy drinks/flavored water
“We’re glad Dominic found us online—he didn’t want to see all this food go to waste, says Jeannie Hunter, regional director for Society of St. Andrew – Tennessee. “We’re glad we could facilitate the donations. It’s a shame when good food gets wasted, and we’re always glad to help make sure that doesn’t happen”.