The Portion Left Over

Scenes from a recent Saturday afternoon glean at the farmer’s market. Gleaning is a practice that goes way back; in fact, it’s mentioned in the Book of Ruth. Yup, Ruth was an OG Gleaner. Anyway, the custom was to take the remains of a harvest and use it primarily for the poor who had little or no means of supporting themselves. These disenfranchised people were often the widows and the elderly who had lost their husbands or relatives due to death or abandonment and had no other way to survive. So I work with as a Glean Team Leader for a wonderful nonprofit called Food Forward, and we go into farmers markets and ask the vendors if they would like to donate any of their unsold produce to be given to underprivileged families. So awesome.

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Conscious Consumerism: 3 Ways to Make a Positive Impact with Your Purchases

People want to do something. When discussing social issues, what I’m struck with is the desire people have to contribute and make an impact on their community and beyond. They want to give, help, advocate for change…but they oftentimes don’t know how. The methods for advocacy are as voluminous as there are problems, and such overwhelm can lead to paralysis. However making a difference does not require charging up Capitol Hill. Rather, being an advocate can start with being a conscious consumer. In other words, one can effect change by simply making routine purchases of goods and services more thoughtfully, so that one’s ideals are reflected in those choices.

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