She Could’ve Been My Grandmother

by Barbara Sayles *

Senior volunteers bag corn at the AARP convention in Miami. Earlier this month, Society of St. Andrew was invited to host a multiple-day Produce Drop at the National AARP Convention in Miami, Florida. On Thursday morning, we unloaded 40,000 pounds of sweet corn. By noon, 300 convention volunteers had bagged it, and it was on its way to the Feeding South Florida food bank.

The next day, 40,000 pounds of red and green sweet peppers arrived, as did ...

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A Talent for Feeding the Hungry

Dr. Nies and his students.Anyone can find some way to help SoSA feed the hungry. But very few can do so by playing The Complete Keyboard Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach! This most-creative approach was taken on last November by long-time supporter, Dr. Craig Nies, when he presented two benefit concerts, performed by some of his students at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

In the photo, students who played in the concerts pose ...

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Share Your Best Fruit or Vegetable Recipe

Fruit and Vegetable Dishes

What is your best recipe highlighting fruits or vegetables? Will you share it with us?

Society of St. Andrew is preparing a new cookbook that will invite people to enjoy the nutrition and delicious nature of the best our nation’s farms have to offer. We invite you to contribute to the effort by sending a favorite recipe to us for possible inclusion in the book.

Recipes must not be copied from ...

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The Adventures of Logan

(You can be a superhero, too.)

This past March, a 5-year-old boy showed up at the apple drop being held in the parking lot of Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, Ala. He wore no mask, but was still recognizable as Logan Todd, the little superhero who appeared in SoSA publications back in 2013.

Two years ago, Logan’s photo (the little superhero) caught our attention as he picked up his Society of St. Andrew collection box. The church had just held a ...

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New VBS Program Released

Abundance Orchard VBS ProgramAbundance Orchard, Year 2: New Testament has been released by Society of St. Andrew for use in churches of all denominations.

The New Testament program joins the Old Testament VBS program released last year. Each of the two offers a complete, stand-alone, all-in-one hunger-action themed VBS program. Use of the programs also helps to feed the hungry as they include the opportunity for mission offerings through SoSA. All materials are available free of charge.

On the

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Missing Art Shoemaker

Art ShoemakerWe lost a tireless worker this year, a man with a great attitude and a big heart. His name was Art Shoemaker, and he died on Valentine’s Day after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Art is missed by the Society of St. Andrew, as well as by lots of friends and by a number of organizations that he supported with his own hard work. For SoSA, he was an HRA – a ...

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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.

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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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