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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One Week: Pumpkins, Muscadines, and Blackberries

By Jean Blish Siers *
Volunteers with PumpkinsI love the week after Halloween, when we at Society of St. Andrew get to save those pumpkins that didn’t end up as decorations. It breaks my heart each year when I see perfectly good, perfectly edible pumpkins plopped into garbage cans the day after Halloween, discarded like unloved candy or Christmas trees with no needles. But, ironically, those that didn’t get chosen as displays can ...

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“Outperforms Most Other Charities in America”

4 Star Rating from Charity NavigatorWe’re so pleased. Today, Charity Navigator* informed us Society of St. Andrew has been named a 4-Star charity for the 7th straight year!

Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator provides this notification: We are proud to announce The Society of St. Andrew has earned our seventh consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and ...

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Vote to End Hunger

By Lynette Johnson *

Vote to End HungerIt has been a very long, very contentious election season, and it’s not over yet. On November 8, people of good will throughout the United States will make critical leadership choices that will determine our country’s direction and values in the coming years.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Society of St. Andrew cannot lend its support to any one candidate over another. What we can do, ...

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Oh, Beans!

By Jean Blish Siers *

faoWorld Food Day, celebrated this Sunday, October 16, isn’t some foodie event about finding the most obscure cheese or the darkest chocolate. It’s not recognizing that there isn’t enough food in the world. It’s about acknowledging that there is plenty of food in the world, but that not everyone has equal access to that food. It’s about good food that’s wasted instead ...

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Going Bananas? Yes, Thank You!

By Jean Blish Siers *

Here’s something I’ve learned after four years of working with Society of St. Andrew: If someone calls on Monday morning with 18 tons of bananas that need to get dropped somewhere by Monday afternoon, say, “Yes, thank you!” and then get busy finding ministries all over the area that will get them out to people whose diet will be greatly enriched by fresh fruit.

That’s what happened a couple weeks ago. After a busy weekend (two Saturday ...

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