Food During Covid-19 Pandemic

Improved Child Tax Credit Will Lift Many Out of Poverty

E143: Improved Child Tax Credit Will Lift Many Out of Poverty

September 2021

As many as 13 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes, meaning that these households don't have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. Hunger is a problem that most often affects children from low-income families. And today we're going to discuss the Child Tax Credit aimed at helping low-income families and the historic increases in the credit made through the American Rescue Plan in 2021. Our guest today is Billy Shore, the founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty, both in the United States and around the world. Share Our Strength is also the parent organization for the well-known No Kid Hungry campaign, the national policy, advocacy, outreach, and research effort to improve childhood nutrition, support school meals, and provide resources to schools, food banks, and community groups working to end hunger. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E143: Improved Child Tax Credit Will Lift Many Out of Poverty »


E135: How did SNAP do during COVID and What Changes Need to Stay?

E135: How did SNAP do during COVID and What Changes Need to Stay?

July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives and led to mandated business and school closures, families and communities all around the country experienced record levels of unemployment and record levels of food insecurity. This led to unprecedented policy innovation designed to increase access to nutritious food through the supplemental nutrition assistance program, known as SNAP. The program that was formerly known as Food Stamps. In today's podcast, we'll talk with the authors of a new report entitled, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Waivers and Adaptations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, A Survey of State Agency Perspectives in 2020. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E135: How did SNAP do during COVID and What Changes Need to Stay?  »


How Big Data is Fueling Youth Obesity

E134: How Big Data is Fueling Youth Obesity

July 2021

America's children and teenagers spend tremendous amount of time on the internet and never more than during the Coronavirus pandemic, with families at home so much, people ordered food, got news and engaged with family and friends online. Youngsters whose schools closed relied on YouTube for educational videos, attended virtual classes on Zoom and to Google Classroom and flocked to TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram for entertainment and social interaction. The cost of digital immersion has a serious health downside however, because the nation's youth have been exposed to a steady flow of marketing for fast foods, soft drinks, and other unhealthy products. Today we'll be discussing a new report from the Center For Digital Democracy entitled, "Big Food, Big Tech, and the Global Childhood Obesity Pandemic." Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E134: How Big Data is Fueling Youth Obesity »


E128: MAZON Series - Why are Some US Military Families and Veterans Going Hungry?

E128: MAZON Series - Why are Some US Military Families and Veterans Going Hungry?

May 2021

Food insecurity strikes all corners of American life including the lives of military families. For the currently serving military families there is a barrier that makes it more difficult for them to qualify for needed assistance from the SNAP program. A person who knows a great deal about this is Josh Protas, Vice President of Public Policy at MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger, which is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and in Israel. This is the third in our series of episodes on food insecurity, done in partnership with MAZON. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E128: MAZON Series - Why are Some US Military Families and Veterans Going Hungry? »


E125: Women, Food Insecurity and the Feminization of Poverty in the US

E125: Women, Food Insecurity and the Feminization of Poverty in the US

April 2021

Hunger affects all communities, but you may not know that 40% of single mothers struggle with food security. Women dominate our central workforce, yet they face persistent structural barriers to food security and economic stability. COVID-19 has only exacerbated these challenges. Today, Abby J. Leibman, President and CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, discusses the urgent and unique needs single mothers face, and the work she's leading to advance the anti-hunger movement. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E125: Women, Food Insecurity and the Feminization of Poverty in the US »


E124: Food Insecurity Issues are Community Issues

E124: Food Insecurity Issues are Community Issues

March 2021

So what comes to mind when you think of these words: life around the table? Do you think of good food or family or sharing maybe? But what about spirituality and faith? So we're continuing our exploration of food and faith issues in today's podcast. And I'm speaking with Reverend Dr. Michelle Lewis, the executive director of an organization called, Life Around the Table, an ecumenical non-profit organization focused on food and on environmental justice. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E124: Food Insecurity Issues are Community Issues »


E118: Joel Pitkowsky on MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger

E118: Joel Pitkowsky on MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger

March 2021

You may not automatically think of faith organizations as advocates for a stronger food system, but boy are they ever. I'm talking today with Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky of Teaneck, New Jersey. Rabbi Pitkowsky, in addition being a rabbi, is a leader and is on the board of directors for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. This is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and in Israel. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E118: Joel Pitkowsky on MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger »


E117: Society’s Hunger Conundrum: Who is to blame, and who is responsible now?

E117: Society’s Hunger Conundrum: Who is to blame, and who is responsible now?

February 2021

Food and security, poses one of the most pressing development and human challenges in the world. This has been true for a very long time. And still there is a little social consensus on who ought to do what to solve the hunger problem. Today we're talking with Dr. Michelle Jurkovich, Author of a new book entitled "Feeding The Hungry Advocacy and Blame in the Global Fight Against Hunger." She argues that food is a critical economic and social right, and presents a toolkit of ideas for more effective rights advocacy. Dr. Jurkovich is a Political Scientist on the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E117: Society’s Hunger Conundrum: Who is to blame, and who is responsible now? »


Blueprint for a National US Food Strategy

E100: Blueprint for a National US Food Strategy

November 2020

This podcast focuses on the need for a national food strategy and why now is the right time to fix the US food system. I'm talking today with two food policy experts who have collaborated on an effort with an ambitious title of Blueprint for a National Food Strategy. They argue it's time to coordinate policymaking that identifies national food systems priorities, and develop a process that gives the public an opportunity to weigh in on the trade offs inherent in food policymaking. Emily Broad Lieb is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic. And Laurie Beyranevand is the Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law school. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E100: Blueprint for a National US Food Strategy »


Eleni Towns, No Kid Hungry

E98: The COVID-19 Pandemic Response of No Kid Hungry

November 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system. Today we’re looking at how responses to the pandemic have affected food availability and nutrition for one of America’s most vulnerable populations – young children. Joining me is Eleni Towns, the Associate Director of the No Kid Hungry Campaign at Share Our Strength. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E98: The COVID-19 Pandemic Response of No Kid Hungry »


 Can a New Commission Jumpstart Progress Towards Zero Hunger?

E97: Can a New Commission Jumpstart Progress Towards Zero Hunger?

November 2020

Progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger is stalling, and the Covid-19 Pandemic is erasing the progress of the last decade in many parts of the world. Is it possible to re-energize on this issue? Could a new commission make a difference? Today, we’re talking with the authors of a new report entitled "High Level Commissions and Global Policymaking Prospects for Accelerating Progress Toward SDG2." Geoff Gertz is a fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. And Sarah Zoubek, is the Associate Director of the World Food Policy Center here at Duke University. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E97: Can a New Commission Jumpstart Progress Towards Zero Hunger? »


Saskia Osendarp

E95: COVID-19 Disruptions to Nutrition for Mothers and Children Could Cost the World a Generation

October 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system. Today, we're looking at how the pandemic is driving up numbers, children experiencing or at risk for malnutrition, for wasting, and for possible death. Our guest expert is Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director of The Micronutrient Forum in Washington, DC. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E95: COVID-19 Disruptions to Nutrition for Mothers and Children Could Cost the World a Generation »


How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic

E86: How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 2020

This podcast is part of a series on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. And in this interview, we'll be exploring how one North Carolina farming business has coped with the unique challenges of the pandemic and particularly disruptions to longstanding markets and supply chains for farm products. Our guest is Jim Warenda from Wilson, North Carolina. Jim runs a diverse organization that includes Fresh-Pik Produce, the Southeastern Growers Association and Dean’s Farm Market. He's also the President of North Carolina's Strawberry Association. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E86: How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic »


Carolyn Barnes on SNAP and WIC

E85: Changes to SNAP and WIC in Response to the Pandemic are Innovations

August 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today, we are talking about the changes policymakers have made to SNAP and WIC, the country's largest federal nutrition assistance programs. Our guest is Public Policy Professor Carolyn Barnes from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E85: Changes to SNAP and WIC in Response to the Pandemic are Innovations »


Caitlin Welsh

E84: COVID Highlights Need to Change Food Security Strategy

August 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. We’re interviewing Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington DC. Caitlin is a leading expert on global and US food security and particularly on the relationship between food security, urbanization, climate change, and conflict. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E84: COVID Highlights Need to Change Food Security Strategy »


Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Trouble with Charity Food

E80: Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Problems with Charity Food

July 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're exploring today, the role of charitable efforts to address food access. Places such as food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries. Janet Poppendieck has studied the emergency food system in the U.S. for decades. She is professor emerita of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York and the author of the book, "Sweet Charity, Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement." Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E80: Janet Poppendieck - COVID Highlights the Problems with Charity Food »


Janet Poppendieck - Time for Universal Free School Meals

E81: Time for Universal Free School Meals

July 2020

This podcast is part of series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. When the pandemic forced schools to close, school districts and states scrambled to keep a nutritional safety net working for vulnerable students. Millions of US students rely on school meals and summer feeding programs to get food each day. I am delighted to welcome Janet Poppendieck from the City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute to this podcast. She is the author of "Free for All: Fixing School Lunch in America." Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E81: Time for Universal Free School Meals »


Andy Fisher

E79: Andy Fisher on Exploring the Connection Between Industry and Food Banks

July 2020

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is exposing a deep flaw in the country's food system, namely stunning levels of food insecurity, but also the transformation of emergency food assistance into what some have characterized as an industry as food charity become big business. Andy Fisher, our guest today is a leader in the Food Security and Food Justice Movement. He founded and led The National Community Food Security Coalition and led Federal Legislation campaigns to gain more than $200 million for community-based food security and farm to school projects. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E79: Andy Fisher on Exploring the Connection Between Industry and Food Banks »


Elle Evans Peterson, Morgan Wittman Gramann

E78: How NC School Nutrition Programs are Grappling with Covid

June 2020

On March 14th of this year when Governor Cooper issued his Executive Order and closed North Carolina public schools statewide, the first challenge was how do we continue to offer this essential service and feed our students? This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today we're looking at how North Carolina's School Meal Programs have adapted during the pandemic and how some school children are continuing to get the nutrition that they need. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E78: How NC School Nutrition Programs are Grappling with Covid »


Katie Wilson, Urban School Food Alliance

E77: School Meals During a Pandemic – What Works with Katie Wilson

June 2020

About 33 million children access school meals every day across the country. Today, we're exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young students: children who receive much needed nutrition through their school. We interviewed Dr. Katie Wilson, executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance. The Urban School Food Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of the largest school districts in the U.S, including New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E77: School Meals During a Pandemic – What Works with Katie Wilson »