Two creative ways to get involved with Society of St. Andrew

6/2/2009

Special to the Advocate

BIG ISLAND, Va. — The Society of St. Andrew (Advance #801600) has announced two new ways for its supporters to get involved in its national hunger relief ministry. From the youngest supporters to the most dedicated, SoSA wants everyone to help celebrate 30 years of “Gleaning America’s Fields — Feeding America’s Hungry.”

Drawing contest for kids
Do you know an artistically talented child between the ages of 6 and 12? The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is giving them an opportunity for their talents to be recognized. Have them design an illustration on an 8½ X 11 sheet of paper, in either color or black and white and in any medium, which represents one of the following themes:

• Fresh produce
• Food waste
• Gleaning
• Feeding the hungry
• A related biblical verse

The Society of St. Andrew will use winning designs on its thank you cards to our major donors, giving full credit to the artists. We will also spotlight a different artist each month in our electronic newsletter.

Are you living a simplified lifestyle?
SoSA would like to hear about families or individuals, of any age, who are living a simplified and responsible lifestyle while living out their faith by providing in some way for our sisters and brothers who are in need.

For 30 years, the Society of St. Andrew has based its ministry on this simple verse: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.(1 John 3:18) SoSA was founded by two United Methodist pastors and their families on a small farm in rural Virginia where they raised their own vegetables and livestock while doing something about the hunger crisis in the world. Their efforts have grown into the largest gleaning operation in the nation. 

Although not everyone is capable of growing vegetables and raising livestock, there are many other ways that people are living responsible lifestyles. Perhaps they regularly glean in fields to help feed the poor, or volunteer their time at a local food pantry, or grow fresh vegetables or fruit that they donate to food banks. Some people are cutting back on non-essentials and donating the money saved to hunger relief agencies. Whatever the way, the Society of St. Andrew would like to hear about folks who embody the SoSA lifestyle. We will recognize qualifying nominees in SoSA’s print and electronic newsletters. To nominate someone you know please provide:

• A brief description of why they embody the SoSA lifestyle
• Contact information for your nominee(s)
• Your contact information

E-mail submissions to megan@endhunger.org or mail to: Society of St. Andrew, 3383 Sweet Hollow Rd., Big Island, VA 24526. Please send your submissions by July 10. Artwork will not be returned.

For more information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger relief programs call 601-850-4018 or toll free 800-333-4597; e-mail sosams@ednhunger.org or sosainfo@endhunger.org, or visit www.endhunger.org.