The Society of Saint Andrew, Inc.
3383 Sweet Hollow Road
Big Island VA 24526-8517
Mission Statement

To introduce people to God's grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers: Food for the body, God's word for the spirit, Community of love for the heart, Opportunity for those who desire action.

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Gleaning Fruit
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynette Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Randy Beardsworth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Catalyst
Contact Information
Address 3383 Sweet Hollow Road
Big Island, VA 245268517
Telephone 434 299-5956
Fax 434 299-5949
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $2,980,190.00
Projected Expenses $2,980,190.00

To introduce people to God's grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers: Food for the body, God's word for the spirit, Community of love for the heart, Opportunity for those who desire action.

1. SoSA saved over 28.8 million pounds of produce from going to waste in 2014. All of the food was donated to feed the hungry.
2. SoSA provided over 86.4 million servings of healthy food for the hungry in 2014.
3. SoSA had over 35,000 volunteers in 2014.
4. SoSA's overhead costs were just 3.21% in 2014
5. SoSA provided highly nutritious food into every county in the state of VA.
1. SoSA's goal is to increase the amount of fresh produce saved from going to waste so it can be distributed to agencies that help feed the hungry.
2. SoSA's goal is to increase the number of volunteers participating in our gleaning programs.
3. SoSA's goal is to expand our operations into under-served regions.
Our 5 most pressing needs are as follows:
 1. Establishing new partnerships with produce growers/farmers
 2. Volunteers to help glean and distribute the millions of pounds of produce we save and distribute each year
3. Sustainable giving through our 3 main income sources: individual donors churches of all denominations, and foundation/corporations.
4. At less than 3 cents per serving, it is easy to determine how much food each donation will provide.
The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) was founded in 1979 by Rev. Ken Horne and Rev. Ray Buchanan to help resolve the problem of hunger in America. Ray and Ken led workshops on responsible lifestyles and hunger issues. At a hunger awareness workshop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a farmer named Butch Nottingham questioned Ken and Ray about the facts they presented regarding food waste. From the discussion that followed, the Potato and Produce Project was born. This first load of salvaged sweet potatoes was delivered to the Central Virginia Food Bank in Richmond. Since that first load in 1983, the Society of St. Andrew's Produce and Potato Project has distributed well over 700 million pounds of food to America's hungry. 
In 1985, the Society of St. Andrew launched Harvest of Hope, a gleaning and study mission retreat for youth. The first event was held at Camp Occahannock-on-the-Bay on Virginia's Eastern Shore. A major component of Harvest of Hope is field gleaning. As more and more people became exposed to gleaning, they wanted to introduce it to their own churches. As a result, the Gleaning Network was established in Virginia in 1988. Since then, gleaning has expanded dramatically. 
Beginning in 1992, the Society of St. Andrew expanded into other states in the form of regional offices and gleaning satellite operations. The Society of St. Andrew is now the only organization in the country that conducts these programs on a nationwide scale.
CEO Statement

2014 was SoSA's 35th year of feeding the hungry, and my 20th year on staff with this super organization. SoSA has grown during those years as new technologies have increased our efficiency and new opportunities have come our way. But throughout its 35 years, SoSA has stayed focused on what it does better than anyone else in the country: gleaning America’s fields and feeding America’s hungry.

SoSA has created an effective network of thousands of farmers across the country, tens of thousands of volunteers, and thousands of vital feeding programs in all 48 contiguous states. That network is supported by a sustainable funding mix of individuals from all 50 states, foundations & corporations from all over the country, and churches and faith communities representing all denominations and faiths. This diverse funding mix has proven resilient in any economic environment.

In 2014, this dynamic network saved and distributed over 28 million pounds of healthy, fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. This nutritious bounty resulted in over 86 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables which fed millions of people in this country who don’t have enough to eat. For most of those receiving this food, SoSA was their only source of fresh produce.Twenty-eight million pounds of fresh produce saved and distributed, and SoSA doesn’t own a single truck or warehouse ...SoSA uses resources that already exist.

The USDA confirms that each year, Americans waste more food than is needed to feed every hungry man, woman, and child in the country. Much of this waste is at the farm and distribution level - where SoSA focuses its program efforts. The food is available, volunteers are eager to participate, transportation is available, and there are plenty of feeding programs across the country to distribute the food we glean. We don’t need more resources; we need to be better stewards of the resources that already exist.

With extremely low overhead of just 3.21%, SoSA is one of the most efficient nonprofits in the nation.  This is because we focus our resources on our essential mission: feeding the hungry. The deep trust and confidence of our partners and supporters also represent vital resources of which we strive to be good stewards. Throughout its 35 years, SoSA has delivered hundreds of millions of pounds of much needed food to the hungry in all 48 contiguous states, and has also delivered on the characteristics and attributes anyone would expect of an superior organization.
Board Chair Statement

In my first introduction to the Society of St. Andrew, I was told there is only one reason we have hunger in America; it is because we tolerate it. That fact is demonstrated and exacerbated by another fact – that we waste more food in this country than it would take to feed every person living in the U.S. The USDA estimates that 133 billion pounds of perfectly good food is wasted annually.

Since volunteering with SoSA, I’ve been aware of so many aspects of hunger. I wonder: “Are hungry people being provided with fresh fruits and vegetables?” “Are the people in public housing in my city living in the middle of a food desert?” “What might be a kingdom-use of the unused part of our church property?” “Why not have a food drop in my town to help deliver food to the hungry?”

I am so blessed to also be a volunteer for SoSA; and as someone who is employed by another non-profit, I can tell you I am in awe of the way SoSA’s business model works. When I describe what SoSA distributes, and the small cost per serving (about 2¢), and the tiny administrative cost (only 3.1%,) people quickly realize SoSA has been - and will continue to be - in a class of its own. Please join us as we collectively determine that hunger in America really is intolerable. And please join us as we feed the hungry in God’s name.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
SoSA is a national organization that provides food to the hungry in all 48 contiguous states, including millions of pounds highly nutritious food to people in need throughout the Commonwealth. Our national headquarters is located in Virginia and much of our gleaning work happens in Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Randy Beardsworth
Company Affiliation Catalyst
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Randy Beardsworth Entrepreneur
Andrew Benjamin Retired
Andrew Benjamin Retired
David L. Bowen Retried Businessman
Ken Bradford Development Director, Homestretch, Inc.
Jason Brown Farmer
Harriet Bryan United Methodist District Superintendent
Kyle Bullock Cryovac Foods
Sheila Carden Executive, Sheila Card Inc.
Cooper Davidson Accountant, Self-employed
Scott Davis United Methodist District Superintendent
Tom Green Lutheran Men in Mission
Lynette Johnson Executive Director, Society of St. Andrew
Shawn Kiger Director of Youth and Missions, Wright's Chapel UMC
Bill Kuecker Director of Strategic Marketing, Mead Westvaco
Bill Moore Pastor
David Moseley Retired School Administrator
Steve Nailor National Association of Conference Presidents, United Methodist Men
Barbara Perrone Businesswoman / Philanthropist
Hughey Reynolds Farmer / Author / Pastor, First United Mthodist Church
Daryl Smith Retired
Michael Smith Retired
Robert Spencer Attorney / Retired Judge
Cliff Steger Lay Leader
Julie Taylor Executive Director, National Farm Workers Ministry
Jim Tongue Retired Pastor
Drew VanDyke Colby Pastor
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Tamera Brooks community volunteer
Mr. Wallace Bruce retired
Mr. Ed Cooney Community Volunteer
Senator Elizabeth Dole retired
Ambassador Tony Hall community volunteer
Mr. Dean Kleckner Community Volunteer
Ms. Connie Lane Community Volunteer
Mr. Mike Lapsys Community Volunteer
Rep. Jerry Moran Community Volunteer
Senator Pat Roberts Community Volunteer
Mr. Fred Stanback Jr.Retired
Ms. Mary Kay Thatcher Community Volunteer
Senator Craig Thomas Community Volunteer

Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Lynette Johnson
Former CEOs
Rev. Kenneth C Horne June 1979 - June 2008
Mr. Steven M. Waldmann June 2008 - Dec 2016
Full Time Staff 25
Part Time Staff 31
Volunteers 35000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 88
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Whether harvested mechanically or by hand, millions of tons of produce that does not meet top market specifications are left behind in the fields during harvest. SoSA coordinates with hundreds of farmers across the country who generously donate their leftover crops to feed the hungry. We then coordinate and supervise field gleaning events where our tens of thousands of volunteers simply pick-up the good crops left behind. Each year, about 3,000 gleaning events are conducted that result in millions of pounds of nutritious produce being saved and distributed to the hungry. SoSA volunteers then take this fresh produce directly to hundreds of feeding agencies and programs right in the local area where the gleaning is conducted. SoSA provides all the coordination and supervision among farmers, volunteers, transportation, and vital feeding programs that receive the food at no cost. Those receiving this nutritious food include: Food Banks (large and small), soup kitchens, homeless shelters, AIDS hospice homes, Salvation Army feeding programs, Senior feeding centers, and a host of other essential feeding programs in local areas. All are in desperate need of the fresh produce that this program provides in order to meet the nutritional need of those they serve.

Budget $700,000.00
Description After being harvested, fresh produce is sent to a packing facility where it undergoes another “grade out” process before it is packaged for final shipping. Once again, millions of pounds of produce that is perfectly good to eat are discarded as not meeting top market grade. This excess bounty is normally dumped in our nation’s landfills when it could be used to feed the hungry instead. SoSA intercepts as much of this food as possible and ships truckloads of this perfectly good, but rejected, produce to all 48 contiguous states. The produce is donated at no cost, but SoSA must pay the packing and freight cost associated with shipping it to feeding agencies across the country. Each truckload saved is about 45,000 pounds of produce that will result in over 135,000 nutritious servings. 
Budget $900,000.00
Harvest of Hope is our education program. It is designed to inform people about the hunger problem while encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to becoming part of the solution.  At Harvest of Hope, participants work in fields gleaning food for the hungry, study hunger issues, participate in Christian worship, and have fun! A variety of events take place throughout the year: week-long retreats for senior high youth (completed grades 9-12) and their adult sponsors; weekend retreats for junior high youth (completed grades 6-8) and their adult sponsors; a weekend retreat for college groups and young adults (ages 18-30); and weekend intergenerational retreats for ages 10 to 100.
Harvest of Hope educates participants about the hunger problem domestically and globally and encourages them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.
Budget $300,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Beginning in 2012, Society of St. Andrew embarked on a 4-year strategic plan to increase our annual food distribution by an additional 20 million pounds of produce each year. At the end of 2016 we anticipate a sustainable food distribution level of 40-50 million pounds per year. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,980,190.00
Projected Expenses $2,980,190.00
Endowment Value $184,573.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,504,162$1,597,749$1,824,232
Investment Income, Net of Losses$79,650($25,911)$63,912
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$12,978,966$14,045,437$13,703,308
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$15,056,674$15,966,581$15,847,150
Administration Expense$233,738$148,752$146,907
Fundraising Expense$268,922$385,084$377,842
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%97%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%16%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,095,534$2,077,646$2,043,630
Current Assets$1,883,273$1,076,427$1,776,458
Long-Term Liabilities$3,403$19,463$41,477
Current Liabilities$105,439$121,227$95,403
Total Net Assets$1,986,692$1,936,956$1,906,750
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.868.8818.62
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%2%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from churches and civic groups.