Lynette Johnson to Speak at the New York City Food Tank Summit

 

Foodtank 2017 Summit

SoSA Executive Director Lynette Johnson will be a featured speaker at the inaugural New York City Food Tank Summit on September 13. The theme is “Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste” and will be held in partnership with Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Fink Family Foundation.

The event is sold out, but you can follow it live on facebook.

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Lynette Johnson on Pennsylvania Radio

 

In a radio interview aired on Saturday, May 20, SoSA’s Executive Director, Lynette Johnson, explained gleaning to listeners across the Pennsylvania countryside. SoSA has a gleaning network active in Lancaster County, and has partnered with Pennsylvania gleaners for many years. Discussion also covered the ways in which SoSA is active in the state, and what kinds of food is gleaned there.

Listen to the interview:

 

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Cumberland Valley Christian Radio operates WPFG in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania area. ...

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Lynette Johnson – New Executive Director of SoSA

The SoSA Board of Directors has named Lynette Johnson to take on the position of Executive Director on January 1, 2017. Johnson has been with the Society of St. Andrew since 2010.

Her first assignment with the organization took her to Nashville, where she served as Regional Director for Tennessee and Alabama. She extended SoSA’s gleaning network into Tennessee and oversaw day-to-day operations in both states, putting 14 million servings of nourishing produce on the tables of Alabamians and Tennesseans at ...

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Vote to End Hunger

By Lynette Johnson *

Vote to End HungerIt has been a very long, very contentious election season, and it’s not over yet. On November 8, people of good will throughout the United States will make critical leadership choices that will determine our country’s direction and values in the coming years.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Society of St. Andrew cannot lend its support to any one candidate over another. What we can do, ...

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The Complexity of Hunger

By Lynette Johnson *

Take away the noise, the loudest voices, the folks who say, “If only this…” or “If they just…” and what we have is a complex web of issues, nuanced and difficult, with lots and lots of gray and very little black and white.

We could start by looking at hunger by its time frame: immediate, short-term, and long-term.

On the immediate level, for example, hunger is not having access to food to eat today. We can qualify that by ...

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Practically Perfect Peaches

By Lynette Johnson *

In my early 20s, I lived briefly in upstate South Carolina. Eagerly stopping at a roadside peach stand one summer day, I asked for a basket of peaches.

What I got was an education. “Ma’am, we have 22 varieties of peaches out today. You’ll need to tell us what kind you want.”

It’s peach season again, so I found myself dithering at a roadside stand in Virginia last weekend. Just three choices this time, though, all freestone. I chose ...

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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.