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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My Kettle Chip Conundrum: A Food-waste Puzzle!

Kettle Chips


By Jean Blish Siers *

I begin 2015 with a big problem: A third of a bag of kettle chips lurks in my pantry, left over from holiday celebrations with friends and family. First, please note that there are some left over, which is impressive because they are truly my guilty pleasure! Second, I should confess that it’s not an ordinary bag, but a Costco-sized bag, enormous and filled with oily, salty delight.

Like many of ...

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How to Make a Difference

Can a regular person make a huge difference in this world? The answer is a clear and resounding “yes!” Daniel Karslake show us five ordinary people making an extraordinary difference. One of them is Gloria Henderson, a SoSA gleaning coordinator in North Carolina. This 90-second promo, with music by Kati Perry, is a quick introduction to a full-length documentary that shows what these five people are doing.

Every Three Seconds ...

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Every Three Seconds Film

Every Three Seconds is a film by Daniel Karslake. The title refers to the death a person every three seconds due to extreme poverty and hunger. The film shows the work of five ordinary people who are make an extraordinary difference because they have engaged in innovative was to make a difference. One of those people is SoSA Gleaning Coordinator Gloria Henderson, who has volunteered for years to direct gleaning efforts in North ...

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St. Norbert Crop Drop

Potato Drop at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin

(Video by Liz Groth)
As part of SNC’s Into the Streets service event, over 40 first year students served their community through the Potato Drop. SoSA partnered with a Wisconsin grower to coordinate the donation of the potatoes. SNC students served by unloading the truck and readying the potatoes for distribution to local food pantries. — at De Pere, Wisconsin.

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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.

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