The Cabbage Not Wasted

– From an article by Lynette Johnson, SoSA Executive Director

The field of cabbage in Screven, Georgia stretched in all directions almost as far as the eye could see. In years past, the farmer filled the field with watermelons, but a friend suggested that cabbage was the new way to go. So this year, for the first time, the farmer took a chance and planted lots and lots of cabbage. He even had a sales contract in place for it all. ...

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A Thanks to United Methodist Men

In February 2017, Wade Mays, of SoSA’s Big Island, Virginia office, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend a national meeting of the United Methodist Men. Each year, Mays honors the top fund-raisers for the “Meals for Millions” program and also presents a “Bud the Spud” award to the region with the largest increase in giving.

In 2016, the most money for the hunger-relief program was raised by the men’s group in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference (regional area) of The United ...

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Getting Something Green Into the Food Desert

By Jean Blish Siers *

A new study out of North Carolina State University challenges the conventional wisdom of food deserts, but in doing so, emphasizes the importance of gleaning groups such as Society of St. Andrew and their ability to get nutritious fresh food into under-served neighborhoods.

Food deserts are those areas where residents have limited access to a full-service supermarket or to a car to reach one. Full-service supermarkets have a ...

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More Than a Spark of a Good Idea!

By Jean Blish Siers *

William Shakespeare wrote, What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And yet, when we refer to perfectly edible food as “ugly produce” or “salvage,” it denigrates something that deserves a great deal more respect. That’s why a recent story in The Washington Post caught my eye: Baldor, a company that provides produce and other products to restaurants, hospitals, ...

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Best If Not Wasted

By Jean Blish Siers *

The Washington Post this week reports that the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry (the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association) announced new standardized product dating for food labels. While the adoption of the new labels is voluntary, it’s a small step toward clearing up the confusion that causes American consumers to trash perfectly edible produce.

It’s estimated that, of the 40% of food that goes to waste in our country, consumers ...

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Strawberry Fields . . . in Season

By Jean Blish Siers *

At the grocery store yesterday, I heard a very frustrated woman approach an employee and say, “Don’t you have any strawberries?” Her cart already held plump red peppers and robotic tomatoes. This was the first week of February in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m hoping for my first juicy strawberry in April, and will probably wait until June or July for tomatoes and peppers. But the stocker told her, “Oh, yes. We have plenty,” and pointed her ...

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