Nashville Radio Show: Society of St. Andrew

The Society of St. Andrew brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors.

What we do: we glean food at farms, farmers' markets, and processing houses to collect food that might otherwise go to waste. We arrange for it to be delivered to food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters, where people get to eat fresh, healthy stuff instead of overly processed canned/boxed food and day-old pastries.

Food waste: In America, we throw away 40% of what we grow, which means we're wasting food, the money we paid for that food, and all the resources that went into growing and transporting it (labor, seed, fertilizers, tractor fuel, pesticides, trucking, etc.). Food waste in landfills causes methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Society of St. Andrew is unique because we glean food at the farm level, meaning we collect fresh, healthy produce pre-consumer. It's sometimes the produce that isn't "pretty" enough for grocery stores (they're very specific about shape, color, size, etc.), sometimes excess, sometimes a farmer is done for the season, and there's still food in the fields...

16% of Tennesseans are food insecure, meaning they have had to wonder how they were going to get their next meal in the last year. When you consider how much food is wasted, it's pretty awful. So our work uses one problem to solve another!

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