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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Lucky Number 13?

By Jean Blish Siers *
Lucky 13For the past year, I’ve been trying to learn Italian (because it’s a beautiful language and I love the food and the people, and I think and hope it will keep my brain young!) It’s slow going, but every now and then I actually understand a phrase or two in a movie or conversation. I call it progress and keep plugging along.

Learning another language involves learning ...

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VOLUNTEER WAIVER

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.

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