The Complexity of Hunger

By Lynette Johnson *

Take away the noise, the loudest voices, the folks who say, “If only this…” or “If they just…” and what we have is a complex web of issues, nuanced and difficult, with lots and lots of gray and very little black and white.

We could start by looking at hunger by its time frame: immediate, short-term, and long-term.

On the immediate level, for example, hunger is not having access to food to eat today. We can qualify that by ...

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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 ...

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How to feed the 9 billion

by Jean Blish Siers *

In a 2013 piece in the New York Times, one of my favorite food writers Mark Bittman wrote, “The world has long produced enough calories, around 2,700 per day per human, more than enough to meet the United Nations projection of a population of nine billion in 2050 … There are hungry people not because food is lacking, but because not all of those calories go to feed humans (a third go to feed animals, ...

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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 ...

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How to Make a Difference

Can a regular person make a huge difference in this world? The answer is a clear and resounding “yes!” Daniel Karslake show us 5 ordinary people making an extraordinary difference. One of them is Gloria Henderson, a SoSA gleaning coordinator in North Carolina. This 90-second promo, with music by Kati Perry, is a quick introduction to a full-length documentary that shows what these five people are doing.

Every Three Seconds is a ...

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Every Three Seconds Film

Every Three Seconds is a film by Daniel Karslake. The title refers to the death a person every three seconds due to extreme poverty and hunger. The film shows the work of five ordinary people who are make an extraordinary difference because they have engaged in innovative was to make a difference. One of those people is SoSA Gleaning Coordinator Gloria Henderson, who has volunteered for years to direct gleaning efforts in North ...

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