Mind the Gap

By Jean Blish Siers *

According to a recent report by the Urban Institute and the University of Illinois, in Mecklenburg County, where I live in North Carolina, the average cost of a buying groceries and preparing a meal is $2.44. (See the very cool interactive map here.) In Charlotte, Mecklenburg County’s largest city, that feels like a pretty good deal compared with eating out. We’re fortunate to have ...

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Blaming the Victim

By Jean Blish Siers *

“I don’t think there’s a lane here!” Elise said as she steered the rented van from I-77 onto I-85, leaving Charlotte for Durham, NC, for a couple days of meetings. I assured her that the two lanes extended all the way until we were completely on I-85. “But that truck is coming over!” Elise said. Sure enough, we were well on the way to being squished between a concrete barrier ...

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Another Hole in the Safety Net

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramBy Jean Blish Siers *

I guess I should be happy. It seems like job security of a sort for any of us in the business of feeding our hungry, most vulnerable neighbors. And we all like to feel secure, right? Well, I’ll let you judge for yourself.

Here’s an excerpt from a Charlotte Observer front page story this morning: “Up to 10,000 people in Mecklenburg County could lose their food stamp benefits ...

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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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