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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Seed Potatoes Help Feed Appalachia

When a family receives a ten-pound bag of potatoes, they may be able to eat them for a week or two. But when a family receives a bag of seed potatoes, they can raise their own crop, and then have food to eat for months.

Seed Potatoes, ready to cut and plantEach spring, SoSA delivers several truck-loads of certified White Superior U.S. Seed Potatoes, mostly to impoverished regions of the Appalachian Mountains. These hearty seed potatoes ...

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Long & Scott Farms Help Feed the Hungry in Florida

It wouldn’t be possible to feed the hungry with fresh fruits and vegetables without farmers like Hank Scott. Long & Scott Farms, of Mt. Dora, Florida, have been working with Society of St. Andrew since 1999.

One day, 16 years ago, Hank Scott and his family invited SoSA to send volunteers out and pick some surplus corn. Their Zellwood Sweet Corn is beautiful food, and SoSA was glad to pick it and distribute the bounty to Florida food pantries.

Since that day, ...

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