Hunger’s Devastating Effect on Our Seniors

By Jean Blish Siers *

A couple years ago, I visited a soup kitchen where one of my drivers delivers a lot of produce. Sandy, the kitchen manager, told me how much the fresh produce meant to them and to the neighbors they serve. It’s within walking distance of low-income senior housing and a lot of older folks stop in each day. Sandy said Fridays are particularly heartbreaking, when she’ll see elderly ladies wrapping up parts of a sandwich or a ...

Continue Reading →
1

The Value of Food

Food Art at St. John the DivineBy Jean Blish Siers *

Until April 3, 2016, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City continues a multi-media installation, The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet. Tucked into the bays and chapels of this grand cathedral (Interesting fact: Although still technically under construction, it is the largest cathedral in the world!), the exhibit grapples with food insecurity, food waste, accessibility, and ...

Continue Reading →
0

Happy National Nutrition Month!

by Jean Blish Siers *

Choose My Plate

March is National Nutrition Month, according to the US Department of Agriculture website, and a time to celebrate healthy eating! There should be much to celebrate. Most of us are familiar with the “My Plate” logo, adopted in 2010, which puts greater emphasis on vegetables and fruits, with smaller portions of grains, dairy, and proteins. And earlier this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report ...

Continue Reading →
0

A long weekend

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

biscuits Last year I visited one of the soup kitchens that receives fresh produce from us. They serve a hot lunch five days a week in an area that has become part of suburban Charlotte. From I-77, the driver sees shopping centers and shiny new housing developments. But a few blocks from the off ramp, in a quiet and well-kept neighborhood, dozens come daily for food and fellowship.

Volunteers bring plated ...

Continue Reading →
0

Cold choices

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

When the weather turns cold, as it’s been the last few weeks, with temperatures dipping to single digits at night and hovering near freezing during the day, I start to stew. And bake and sauté and simmer. I might have chicken broth bubbling on the stove while bread rises on the counter and a pie bakes in the oven.

Since I was a little girl growing up in Minnesota, winter ...

Continue Reading →
0

SoSA – Charlotte lost a good friend

Watermelons

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

In the winter, when the fields are quiet, I don’t hear from my volunteers as often. I had last seen Cheryl in late October when my husband and I took her a load of turnips and greens on a warm Sunday afternoon. Although she had been in and out of the hospital this summer, she said she was doing well and was already calling neighbors to come share ...

Continue Reading →
0