By Jean Blish Siers *
The past few weeks, I’ve been wondering about sweet potatoes in Christmas stockings. When I was a little girl, my mother always put an orange in the toe of our Christmas stocking, but wouldn’t a sweet potato work just as well?
Here’s what got me thinking about it: Just before Christmas, Society of St. Andrew hosted a potato drop at New Friendship Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. The morning of the drop was pretty darned cold. ... Continue Reading →
SoSA’s executive director, Mike Waldmann, will retire at the end of this year, after 22 years with the organization. He first joined as director of the North Carolina office following a career in the Coast Guard. Waldmann then became operations manager in the Virginia office, and for the past 8 years, he was director of the entire organization. SoSA celebrated his time with us in a most appropriate way – bagging up ... Continue Reading →
By Jean Blish Siers *
Anyone who has ever had a leaky roof knows that it takes a lot of drops to fill a bucket. At first, so little happens that it feels like all noise and no substance. But eventually, with enough rain, that bucket will be filled to overflowing. Sometimes we diminish things by saying, “Oh, that’s just a drop in the bucket!”
But drops can be spectacular! In my role as the ... Continue Reading →
By Michael Binger *
Hunger has many side-effects in a community, including loss of hope, depression, desperation, and crime. In working with local feeding agencies, the Society of St. Andrew seeks to address all these concerns.
East Greensboro, North Carolina is a community where more than one-fourth of the households experience hunger sometime during the year. The week before Christmas, a potato distributor donated several truckloads of white and russet potatoes – as long as they could be distributed before the holiday. ... Continue Reading →
Story content and photos provided by Hughey Reynolds *
What the Society of St. Andrew does best is make connections that feed people. It takes many people, filling many roles, to create a potato drop. SoSA does this as many as 200 times a year, and each time the benefit to hungry families in the region is miraculous.
On Saturday morning, December 12, a flatbed truck pulled into the parking lot of Asbury UMC in Madison, Alabama. It carried bins loaded with ... Continue Reading →
Potato Drop at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin
(Video by Liz Groth) Continue Reading →
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.