Some Highlights of Society of St. Andrew Food Recovery and Distribution During March 2020Continue Reading →
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We’re hearing from people all over the country who want to be of service and do something to help address hunger needs during the current pandemic. Every nonprofit and faith-based organization in the world, including the Society of St. Andrew, needs your financial support in these days to keep doing the important work they are doing. If you’re able to give, now is a good time to do that.
We also recognize it’s an incredibly important time to be safe and ...Continue Reading →
By Jean Blish Siers *
Quarantine comes from the Italian “quaranta giorni” (or forty days), the length of time ships (and their crews) had to remain in the Venetian harbor before they were deemed safe from the plague and allowed to enter the port. Forty days.
We’re smack in the middle of Lent right now, which in the Christian calendar is the solemn time of reflection and repentance leading to Easter ...Continue Reading →
By Jean Blish Siers *
This time of year, when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer seems to be everywhere, I hear a lot of discussion about The Island of Misfit Toys. For those who have been living in a vacuum for the past 55 years, in the 1964 TV movie based on the song, Rudolph and his friends, fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster, end up on an island filled with not-quite-perfect toys. The toys live on the island until they can find ...Continue Reading →
By Jean Blish Siers *
A couple weeks ago, I received a windfall. If you think a distant relative left me a fortune, you would be, in a word, wrong! “Windfall” has two meanings, and in the gleaning world, they feel closely related. It can mean an unexpected and unearned gain (like that vast fortune I did not receive); and it also means a fruit – apple, orange, ...Continue Reading →
This potato drop didn’t have the smoothest start, but through people working together and a few answered prayers, it had a perfect ending.
Jessica Fitzgerald of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia served on the team that organized this event. She shares, “The truck with the potatoes was an hour late. There was a 30% chance of rain. Over 100 volunteers showed up, but since the potatoes had not arrived, some were restless and left. When potatoes arrived, we unloaded two pallets, ...
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.
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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.
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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name
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.