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Milestone in Alabama – More Than 1 Million Pounds

Map of AlabamaWe’re very happy to announce that our regional office in Alabama saved and delivered more than one million pounds of food in 2015.

Amounts have climbed steadily since the office was established in 2005, and exceeding one million pounds is due to the farmers, volunteers, donors, and our partner churches and organizations.

A nod is due to sweet potato farmers Steve and Connie Penry in Daphne, and Clark Haynes in Cullman, for more ...

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A Faithful Partnership with Brother Leotha Woodson

74-year-old Leotha Woodson is the founder of a charity organization known as Noah’s Ark. Every Saturday, Woodson offers a truckload of donated food to hungry residents living in northeast Washington, D.C.

Woodson is often provided fresh food by Society of St. Andrew for his deliveries into the nation’s capitol. One day in the late fall, a group of high school students, church groups, and families gleaned for two hours in the Marker-Miller Orchard in Winchester, VA. Elderly volunteers brushed dirt from ...

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Food Takes a Bite Out of Crime in a Depressed Community

By Michael Binger *

Hunger has many side-effects in a community, including loss of hope, depression, desperation, and crime. In working with local feeding agencies, the Society of St. Andrew seeks to address all these concerns.

East Greensboro, North Carolina is a community where more than one-fourth of the households experience hunger sometime during the year. The week before Christmas, a potato distributor donated several truckloads of white and russet potatoes – as long as they could be distributed before the holiday. ...

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SoSA Delivers Food to Refugees

By Jean Blish Siers *
Refugee carrying food from SoSA
Each Wednesday, rain or shine, blazing 90-degree heat or freezing February cold, a truck with a Society of St. Andrew volunteer behind the wheel makes a 60-mile round trip from a distribution center in Monroe, NC to Refugee Support Service in East Charlotte. Those dedicated drivers do it because they know that no matter what the weather, approximately 60 families will be there ...

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Remembering Jackie Usey

By Mike Waldmann  *

I don’t often write about our staff because we stay focused on those we serve and all the people who make this ministry possible. But I’ll make an exception and tell you about someone who is just pretty special.

Since 2009, Jackie Usey was our Gleaning Program Coordinator in Mississippi. In March of last year, Jackie was diagnosed with a particularly bad form of leukemia. On December 27th, Jackie finished that battle and went on to a far ...

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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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