Sweet Potatoes Distributed in Chicago by Zoroastrian Center

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SoSA crop drops are held in parking lots of schools, convention centers, municipalities, and a variety of faith groups. Volunteers come from colleges, civic organizations, scouts, and congregations. Last September, a truckload of potatoes arrived in the parking lot of the Zoroastrian Center of Chicago in nearby Burr Ridge, Illinois. This faith group took on its first crop drop experience in a very big way – and they’re eager to do it ...

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Gleaning is Underway in Indiana

 

SoSA’s new Indiana office is open and food distribution has begun. The first gleaning by the new region was held in February, netting 165 pounds of apples. In March, a volunteer group cut and tied 800 bags to be used at a crop drop The first grant to help support the work came from Kosciusko County in March. And SoSA Indiana has become a member of Indiana Grown (a grassroots movement to encourage Hoosiers to buy, sell, and share food and ...

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Eating “More Fresh!”

By Jean Blish Siers *

Bag of Fruits and VegetablesI just got home from grocery shopping. My big cloth bags were heavy on avocados, cara cara oranges, salad greens, hothouse tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers (something needs to pep up my salads until the real stuff starts coming in!) I had potatoes, onions, and garlic. I had celery and carrots and a big old cabbage. It can get expensive, but eating a healthful diet matters: ...

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Mind the Gap

By Jean Blish Siers *

According to a recent report by the Urban Institute and the University of Illinois, in Mecklenburg County, where I live in North Carolina, the average cost of a buying groceries and preparing a meal is $2.44. (See the very cool interactive map here.) In Charlotte, Mecklenburg County’s largest city, that feels like a pretty good deal compared with eating out. We’re fortunate to have ...

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Spring is Sprouting!

By Jean Blish Siers *

Some days, just about the only mail we get at our house comes from developers who want to buy our house to tear it down. My husband and I have a joke that one day we’ll return home and find our little house in rubble, knocked down by mistake as a careless surgeon might remove the wrong limb. Our close-in Charlotte neighborhood stood sleepily-still the first 25 years we lived ...

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Blaming the Victim

By Jean Blish Siers *

“I don’t think there’s a lane here!” Elise said as she steered the rented van from I-77 onto I-85, leaving Charlotte for Durham, NC, for a couple days of meetings. I assured her that the two lanes extended all the way until we were completely on I-85. “But that truck is coming over!” Elise said. Sure enough, we were well on the way to being squished between a concrete barrier ...

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