Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday

By Jean Blish Siers *

World Food DayWalking into my local Costco a couple weeks ago, I realized Christmas had arrived, with trees, cards, gift-wrap and bows! Whole aisles of toys replaced the gardening supplies and back-to-school lunchboxes and backpacks. Which would be fine, I guess, if it hadn’t been September. And 95 degrees outside. And if we weren’t skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving in our rush to get to Christmas.  For me, it was ...

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The Not-So-Golden Years

By Jean Blish Siers *

Positive reports have been released lately indicating that while food insecurity in the United States remains higher than it was before the Great Recession began in 2008, it has declined slowly but steadily since 2011. Along with this bit of good news, there is troubling note: The number of food insecure seniors is not only higher than the average for other groups, it has not declined.

According to the U.S. Census, the numbers of seniors facing food ...

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Lucky Number 13?

By Jean Blish Siers *
Lucky 13For the past year, I’ve been trying to learn Italian (because it’s a beautiful language and I love the food and the people, and I think and hope it will keep my brain young!) It’s slow going, but every now and then I actually understand a phrase or two in a movie or conversation. I call it progress and keep plugging along.

Learning another language involves learning more ...

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Hunger’s Devastating Effect on Our Seniors

By Jean Blish Siers *

A couple years ago, I visited a soup kitchen where one of my drivers delivers a lot of produce. Sandy, the kitchen manager, told me how much the fresh produce meant to them and to the neighbors they serve. It’s within walking distance of low-income senior housing and a lot of older folks stop in each day. Sandy said Fridays are particularly heartbreaking, when she’ll see elderly ladies wrapping up parts of a sandwich or a ...

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The Value of Food

Food Art at St. John the DivineBy Jean Blish Siers *

Until April 3, 2016, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City continues a multi-media installation, “The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet.” Tucked into the bays and chapels of this grand cathedral (Interesting fact: Although still technically under construction, it is the largest cathedral in the world!), the exhibit grapples with food insecurity, food waste, accessibility, and sustainability. The ...

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Happy National Nutrition Month!

by Jean Blish Siers *

Choose My Plate

March is National Nutrition Month, according to the US Department of Agriculture website, and a time to celebrate healthy eating! There should be much to celebrate. Most of us are familiar with the “My Plate” logo, adopted in 2010, which puts greater emphasis on vegetables and fruits, with smaller portions of grains, dairy, and proteins. And earlier this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report acknowledging ...

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VOLUNTEER WAIVER

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.