New Program Coordinators Head to the Fields

Three energetic new SoSA program coordinators are now working with farmers, volunteers, and feeding agencies across four states. All three met for training and to talk with staff at the national office in Big Island, Virginia in April.

Kelsey King, Jewel Scruggs, and Andy Lemmon

Our new SoSA program coordinators, gathered at the SoSA national office in Big Island, Virginia. From left to right: Kelsey King (Tennessee,) Jewel Scruggs (Alabama,) and Andy Lemmon (Mississippi and Arkansas.)

They are all very busy at their jobs now, gleaning thousands of pounds of fresh food every week and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry. We are happy to introduce our new SoSA representatives:

Kelsey King (Tennessee) is originally from Herndon, Virginia. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, with a degree in religion and the arts and a minor in creative writing. She has come to SoSA from working at She Reads Truth, a devotional resource for women. She has also interned at Thomas Nelson Publishers. She says, “God consistently teaches me there is enough to go around. SoSA operates in tangible opposition to an economy of scarcity, and instead exists in the reality that God’s economy is abundant!”

Jewel Scruggs (Alabama) grew up in Memphis, and is currently a student at Ashford University. She has been very involved in church missions and her new job allows her to continue that passion. Jewels says, “Helping others is very rewarding, and being able to help those in need in our own communities is just as rewarding. I love being able to give my time and energy for a great cause.”

Andy Lemmon (Mississippi and Arkansas) is originally from Memphis, and grew up in Mississippi. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and religion, and an M.S. in counseling from Mississippi State University. He is also a lay speaker in the Mississippi United Methodist Annual (regional) Conference. Andy and his wife, Lindsey, own a home in Brandon, MS. He says, “I couldn’t imagine a more meaningful career than helping to strengthen relationships and churches, and helping to feed the hungry right here at home.”



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.