Mind the Gap

By Jean Blish Siers *

According to a recent report by the Urban Institute and the University of Illinois, in Mecklenburg County, where I live in North Carolina, the average cost of a buying groceries and preparing a meal is $2.44. (See the very cool interactive map here.) In Charlotte, Mecklenburg County’s largest city, that feels like a pretty good deal compared with eating out. We’re fortunate to have ...

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Spring is Sprouting!

By Jean Blish Siers *

Some days, just about the only mail we get at our house comes from developers who want to buy our house to tear it down. My husband and I have a joke that one day we’ll return home and find our little house in rubble, knocked down by mistake as a careless surgeon might remove the wrong limb. Our close-in Charlotte neighborhood stood sleepily-still the first 25 years we lived ...

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Blaming the Victim

By Jean Blish Siers *

“I don’t think there’s a lane here!” Elise said as she steered the rented van from I-77 onto I-85, leaving Charlotte for Durham, NC, for a couple days of meetings. I assured her that the two lanes extended all the way until we were completely on I-85. “But that truck is coming over!” Elise said. Sure enough, we were well on the way to being squished between a concrete barrier ...

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Something Versus Nothing

By Jean  Blish Siers *

Over the holidays, I found myself seated across the table from a wonderful woman who volunteers each week at her local food pantry. A retired health care worker, she cares deeply about making sure everyone in her community has plenty to eat. I mentioned an agency we work with that provides free health counseling and medical checks for people who live with chronic illnesses (such as heart disease and diabetes), ...

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SoSA Expands Gleaning in Indiana

 

In 2018, Society of St. Andrew goes into high gear in Indiana! SoSA has gleaned in the state in the past, but now we will make a significantly larger impact on the fresh produce available through food banks and food pantries across the Hoosier State.

In the first year, we expect to glean about one million pounds of produce from Indiana farm fields. All that food will be distributed by area food banks and food pantries to feed the state’s most ...

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Snow Day: Feast or Famine?

By Jean Blish Siers *

snow on a statureLast week in Charlotte, North Carolina, we had a snow day, or actually several snow days. For Charlotte, snow days are big events. Where I grew up in Minnesota, an inch or two of snow did little to slow us down, but here, where snowplows are scarce and there’s not much budget for clearing the roads, the mere threat of snow can shut down the city.

I’d paid ...

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