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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Senior Hunger: A Troubling Reality

By Jean Blish Siers *
Senior Hunger: A Troubling RealityIn the Charlotte, North Carolina area where I work, approximately 25% of seniors are food insecure. That’s a pretty stunning statistic in our shiny New South city, where average rents have inched up to more than $1,000 a month and luxury car dealers abound. And yet we see it every day, in the people who come to the churches where we deliver, or stop ...

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Film: Seed & Sprout

Society of St. Andrew is one of the sources of a new film to be premiered February 24 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, Colorado. The film is Seed & Sprout: Growing the Food Rescue Revolution, by Maryanne Galvin. Here is the trailer:

BOSTON, MA—The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF), which uses film to motivate, educate, and inspire viewers from awareness to action, will feature the World Premiere of Boston filmmaker Maryanne Galvin’s eleventh ...

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SoSA on Simply Southern TV Show

 
What a great job Mary Johnson did telling the story of Society of St. Andrew! This 4-1/2 minute segment of the show, Simply Southern, highlights the hard work our volunteer gleaners do to bring food to those less fortunate in Alabama. Many thanks also to Arnold Caylor and his staff at the North Alabama Horticulture Station.

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