The “Not So Sweet” Side of Sugar

By Jean Blish Siers *

Coke BottleOne of the more popular stories in the New York Times this past weekend was David Leonhardt’s  “A Month Without Sugar.”  In it, the columnist challenges us to spend 30 days with no added sugars in our diet, and offers a fun, interactive quiz to see where sugars might be hidden in our daily menus. That means the sugars naturally occurring in fruits and dairy, for instance, are ...

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Lynette Johnson – New Executive Director of SoSA

The SoSA Board of Directors has named Lynette Johnson to take on the position of Executive Director on January 1, 2017. Johnson has been with the Society of St. Andrew since 2010.

Her first assignment with the organization took her to Nashville, where she served as Regional Director for Tennessee and Alabama. She extended SoSA’s gleaning network into Tennessee and oversaw day-to-day operations in both states, putting 14 million servings of nourishing produce on the tables of Alabamians and Tennesseans at ...

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SoSA at Farm Aid 2016

“There’s a revolution starting! It’s called eating good food that your neighbors made for you … Let the earth bring us all together back to the roots. Eat good food.” These words came from Neil Young on the stage at Farm Aid 2016, held in Bristow, Virginia in September. Young has been with several musical groups, including Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He joined with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp back in 1985 to create the first of what is now an ...

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A Fitting Tribute to Mike Waldmann

Loading a TruckSoSA’s executive director, Mike Waldmann, will retire at the end of this year, after 22 years with the organization. He first joined as director of the North Carolina office following a career in the Coast Guard. Waldmann then became operations manager in the Virginia office, and for the past 8 years, he was director of the entire organization. SoSA celebrated his time with us in a most appropriate way – bagging up ...

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No Small Potatoes

By Jean Blish Siers *

Potatoes from Walther FarmIn the gleaning world, once November comes, the produce supply can become pretty thin. This year was particularly rough in the Charlotte area where I work. A hot and exceptionally dry summer meant we missed a lot of the corn we typically harvest. The crops were simply too sparse for the farmers to have spares. The heat lasted into the fall and destroyed our most dependable late ...

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Gleaning: Passion and Commitment to Stop Hunger

By Gwen Sisson in the  September 9, 2016 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter *

It was a hot August day in the Mississippi Delta, but for Eve Priester of St. James United Methodist Church of Columbus, gleaning watermelons meant many hungry children in Columbus would have a special treat that day.

“Gleaning is one of the best ways to stop hunger,” Priester said. “If you have the heart, the passion and the desire to do something outside of the box for ...

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