From Farm to Women’s Shelter

By Jean Blish Siers *

Strawberries in ThomasvilleMost strawberry farms sell only what is picked that day, allowing them to provide the freshest berries to their customers. Society of Andrew is grateful when those growers call us and allow us to pick up the still wonderfully fresh fruit and get it to neighbors in need.

A couple weeks ago, the owner of Mabe’s Berry Farm, north of Winston-Salem, NC, called to tell me she had 40 ...

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Lynette Johnson on Pennsylvania Radio

 

In a radio interview aired on Saturday, May 20, SoSA’s Executive Director, Lynette Johnson, explained gleaning to listeners across the Pennsylvania countryside. SoSA has a gleaning network active in Lancaster County, and has partnered with Pennsylvania gleaners for many years. Discussion also covered the ways in which SoSA is active in the state, and what kinds of food is gleaned there.

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Cumberland Valley Christian Radio operates WPFG in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania area. ...

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Executive Director’s Action Alert on FY 2018 Budget

 

Currently in the U.S., more than 42 million people find themselves in a position where they sometimes don’t have the money they need to purchase food. About 95% of the help they receive comes from government programs. Only about 5% of those hunger needs are met by a web of hunger-relief programs, food banks, and churches. In response to the administration’s proposal to severely cut government food assistance programs, the Society of St. Andrew releases this statement:


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Food Banks Call for Help

 

Mobile Food Pantry in Hurley, VA. This week on NPR, reporter Pam Fessler focused on the rising need at two Feeding America food banks, one in Southwestern Virginia, the other in Roanoke. The stories also looked at the need for fresh fruits and vegetables where the poor gather to receive food assistance. In her first story, broadcast on Morning Edition on May 22, she showed up at a mobile food pantry in the coal ...

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Fasting in Solidarity with the Poor and Hungry

 

A long-time supporter of the Society of St. Andrew, Tony Hall is also former director of The Alliance to End Hunger, and has served as both a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Ambassador. Hall has an abiding concern for our citizens most in need, and he sees America failing to step up and care for the poor and hungry. On Sunday, May 21, he joined with other faith leaders to begin a time of fasting, prayer, and advocacy. Here, you ...

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Understanding Food Deserts

Every year, Society of St. Andrew provides millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to feeding agencies that serve people living in food deserts*. Highlighting a number of cities in Virginia, the Virginia State University documentary, Living in a Food Desert, provides a clear picture of the reality of urban food deserts. This 46 minute film is the result of the Virginia Food Desert Study Report that identifies challenges, consequences, strategies, and resources to address food deserts – and offers ...

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