By Woody Woodrick
Efforts to feed the hungry in
Bob Fritchey was scheduled to spend this week at SoSA’s offices in
The Society of St. Andrew is a hunger relief organization. The group promotes programs that gather edible but commercially rejected foods from fields, food service organizations and other sources and channels it to those in need.
“I have worked for the past eight years in
“Once I got to know the people behind SoSA I knew I wanted to work with them to help make this goal a reality.”
The 2005 Mississippi Annual Conference in June committed to funding a regional office for two years. The office will be located on the campus of Wood Institute in Mathiston.
“I am delighted to welcome the new SoSA staff as they begin work among us,” said Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. “The generous offering at the 2005 Annual Conference has made this ministry possible, undergirding the work now unfolding in very intentional and productive ways.”
Said Mike Waldmann, director of operations for Society of St. Andrew: “The Society of St. Andrew is thrilled to have Bob come aboard to run our new office in
Fritchey won’t be working alone. Plans call for hiring a program director.
“My position is more involved in telling the story, visiting churches and potential people to be involved,” Fritchey said. “I’ll also be connecting with the growers and people who have stuff they want to get rid of.
“The program director follows that effort with building the volunteer base; hands on people gleaning fields and hosting the potato drops.”
Fritchey said establishing those links are vital to the success of the program.
“I hope to bring together the farmers, volunteers, churches, food pantries and organizations throughout the state that want to help feed the hungry,” he said, “believing that once they see how this can be accomplished by capitalizing on their strengths and resources that they will become strong supporters of the SoSA effort. With God’s help and direction, I hope to bring my experience and talents to the Mississippi Regional Office of the Society of St. Andrews to make it a huge success. When this is accomplished I feel that
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