Potato Project


Potato Project

Potato Project is a program of the Society of St. Andrew. It's a cost-effective way to move produce to the tables of hungry Americans instead of to landfills, reducing waste and fulfilling a social need at the same time. Since the Potato Project was started in 1979, over 500 million pounds of produce have been salvaged through this and other SoSA programs.

Although logistics can get tricky, the concept of the Potato Project is practical and straightforward: tractor-trailer loads of potatoes and other produce are often rejected by commercial markets or potato chip factories due to imperfections in shape, size, surface blemishes, or sugar content. Usually, these perfectly edible rejected loads end up at landfills. Through the Potato Project, however, the Society of St. Andrew is able to redirect these 45,000-pound loads of fresh, nutritious produce to soup kitchens, Native American reservations, food pantries, low income housing areas, local churches, and other hunger agencies for distribution to the poor.

The produce is donated, so the Society of St. Andrew only pays for the transportation and packaging of the food — just six cents per pound. Since one pound of produce averages about three servings, that means the cost of each serving of food is under two cents per serving! The food is passed along to those in need at no cost to them. SoSA programs operate on individual donations, church donations, and foundation grants at less than 7% overhead.

External links

* [http://www.endhunger.org Society of St. Andrew] .


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Project Runway (season 7) — Project Runway Season 7 Winner Seth Aaron Henderson Original run January 14, 2010 – April 22, 2010 Filming dates June 2009 – July 2009 February, 2010 No. of episodes 15 …   Wikipedia

  • Potato — Irish potato redirects here. For the confectionery, see Irish potato candy. For other uses, see Potato (disambiguation). Potato …   Wikipedia

  • Sex Lives of the Potato Men — Infobox Film | name =Sex Lives of the Potato Men caption = DVD cover director = Andy Humphries producer = Anita Overland writer = Andy Humphries starring = Johnny Vegas Mackenzie Crook Mark Gatiss music = Super Preachers cinematography = Andy… …   Wikipedia

  • Sweet Potato Whitefly — Taxobox name = Sweet Potato Whitefly regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Exopterygota ordo = Hemiptera subordo = Sternorrhyncha superfamilia = Aleyrodoidea familia = Aleyrodidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • Minidoka Project — All female survey crew on the Minidoka Project in 1918 The Minidoka Project is a series of public works by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to control the flow of the Snake River in Wyoming and Idaho, supplying irrigation water to farmlands in… …   Wikipedia

  • Interest Project — An Interest Project is a merit badge of the Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts of the USA. They are earned through completing skill building activities and certain requirements. Each Interest Project comes as a patch or badge and each represent an… …   Wikipedia

  • Pomme de terre transgénique — Pommes de terre transgénique Amflora Une pomme de terre transgénique est une variété de pomme de terre (Solanum tuberosum) dérivée d une variété existante génétiquement modifiée par transgenèse, c est à dire dont le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Society of St. Andrew — The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian ministry dedicated to solving the problem of hunger in the United States. By gleaning America s fields, volunteers feed America s hungry; the problem is complex, but the… …   Wikipedia

  • Life Sciences — ▪ 2009 Introduction Zoology       In 2008 several zoological studies provided new insights into how species life history traits (such as the timing of reproduction or the length of life of adult individuals) are derived in part as responses to… …   Universalium

  • Pomme de terre — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Pomme de terre (homonymie) et Patate (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français