Too Ripe for Stores, Just Right to Eat

A grocery store rejected these cantaloupes, so the truck driver found himself with a BIG problem! He had another load to pick up across town in two hours, and his truck was full — with 42,000 pounds of beautiful cantaloupes the grocery manager just said were too ripe to sell.

The truck driver phoned his dispatcher, and the dispatcher called the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). Could we find somewhere to re-route the truck driver, so he could offload the cantaloupes ...

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“Prosperity” in Hunger Action Month

by Sandee Gertz *

(originally published in Clarksville Online, used with permission)

Nashville, TN – A tube of toothpaste. A New Testament mini-bible. A can of Old English Malt Liquor beer. That was all I found at the base of trees of the State Capitol lawn where a young man had been lying in the sun without a shirt on for two days in the Nashville heat.

A cardboard sign was propped up against his tennis ...

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Supplementing the Supplement

By Jean Blish Siers *

North Carolina has the fifth highest level of food insecurity in the county. Nearly one in five North Carolina residents lives in a household that cannot consistently put enough nutritious food on the table to feed all members of the home. Homes with children fare even worse. An estimated one-in-four children lives in a food-insecure home.

Sometimes people ask me why Society of St. Andrew needs to take food to people who are already receiving SNAP benefits. ...

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Truck Drivers Without Trucks

By Jean Blish Siers *

“ . . .if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

The other night, I gave a talk to a United Methodist Men’s group and spoke about how much I depend on my truck drivers. They are the faithful group of men and women who come to a field or a ...

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Something from Nothing

By Jean Blish Siers *

PicklesAt Society of St. Andrew, we’re all about seeing the good in food others might throw away. Not much went to waste on the farm where I grew up. My parents planted huge gardens and we all helped tend and harvest them each summer, as well as preserve the produce for later. This was in northern Minnesota, where the growing season was short, the winter was long, and my parents had four ...

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Working Together with Unarmed Truth

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

– The Reverend Martin Luther King

By Jean Blish Siers *

Since the tragic attack at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, there has been a lot of talk about what separates us – ...

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