In this episode of Eat, Drink, Think we’re digging into the important issue of Hunger. Unfortunately, it’s more timely than ever. Last year saw the first uptick in food insecurity in America in years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our guests are:
Ben Perkins, CEO of Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit working to increase access to healthy food for all. Before joining Wholesome Wave, Ben held leadership roles with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. He’s also an ordained minister with a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School.
Leanne Brown, author of the cookbook Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day. The book began as her Master’s thesis project in food studies at NYU. She wrote it to help people on a tight budget, especially SNAP recipients. She has always offered the book as a free PDF and it’s been downloaded more than 15 million times.
Mark Winne is a food activist who’s worked on issues related to hunger and nutrition for 50 years. He’s an author and a Senior Advisor to the Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future. His most recent book, Food Town USA, explores seven often-overlooked American cities that are now leading the food movement.