Volunteers Collect Leftover Apples from Morris Orchard for Those in Need

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by Sherese Gore, New Era Progress, Amherst, Va.

Instead of allowing produce to go to waste, one area orchard is donating its leftover fruit to the needy.

Volunteers, coordinated by the Big Island-based Society of St. Andrew, have collected leftover apples from Morris Orchard in Monroe over the last few weeks.

The Society of St. Andrew salvages and distributes about 30 million pounds of food a year to feeding agencies nationwide.

Morris Orchard donates to ...

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USDA 2015 Guidelines Acknowledge Barriers to Access

Fruits & Vegetables

By Jean Blish Siers *

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest dietary guidelines for the American people. There was good news for some of us (Yippee, eggs are good!) but bad news for all of us: According to USDA data, about half of American adults (or 117 million people) have one or more preventable chronic disease. And about two-thirds of us (nearly 155 million people) are overweight or obese. ...

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Ash Wednesday: Share Your Bread with the Hungry


By Jean Blish Siers *

Isaiah 58:6-7:  “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bands of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them,  and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, when the Christian community ...

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SoSA – Charlotte Lost a Good Friend


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 in the ...

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The Power of One

By Liz Sheahan *

She found herself in rural Alabama with a bunch of newly–found friends learning about hunger and waste, and picking black-eyed pears for the hungry people of that rural area. And she wasn’t from that area – by any stretch.

Dr. Lesley Huffaker, a resident of the San Diego area, is a grandma, cancer survivor, and retired special ed teacher specializing in advocating for kids with dyslexia. At church one Sunday morning in 2008, she read a flyer about ...

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A Day in the Field

Gleaning is nothing new to Rebecca Page. She’s been out in the fields of North Carolina, working as our Triangle Area Gleaning Coordinator since April 2011. But she had unexpected notoriety last December when one of her gleanings was covered by the CBS Evening News.

That day, Rebecca was working with dozens of volunteers in a potato field owned by former NFL center Jason Brown. The St.Louis Rams player quit football in 2012, in the midst of a high-paying contract, so ...

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In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

Photos, videos, and other images in which I, or a registered family member, appear that are taken during gleanings may be used by the Society of St. Andrew for news coverage, newsletters, reports, displays, and for other print, broadcast, web, or electronic news or promotional purposes.

I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

For a PDF print version of this waiver, click here.

How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.