Combating Food Insecurity—One Meal at a Time: A Conversation with Dion Dawson
Dion Dawson knows what it’s like to go hungry. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, he faced hunger, homelessness and poverty. Now, he leads a multi-million-dollar organization committed to providing fresh food to his community. Dion’s Chicago Dream delivers over 11,000 pounds of food per month to more than 1,300 Chicago residents each week, helping to alleviate the food insecurity that so many in his community face. Tune in to this powerful and inspiring episode where Dion and Ami discuss how the charitable food experience must be imbued with dignity, the ways that food insecurity is a social justice issue and so much more.
Sep 2022 - 34 min 58 sec
Food Insecurity and Poverty in the LGBTQ Community with Bianca Wilson of UCLA’s Williams Institute
22% of LGBTQ+ adults live in poverty, which makes this community twice as likely as others to face hunger. In this podcast, Ami speaks with Senior Scholar of Public Policy Bianca Wilson, PhD, of UCLA’s Williams Institute about the unique challenges that LGBTQ folks face around food insecurity. What contributes to LGBTQ people coming up against barriers to accessing food? Dr. Wilson and Ami explore cultural, geographic, and other issues that play a factor. To learn more about the research referenced on today’s show, visit https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/projects/pathways-to-justice/.
Jul 2022 - 37 min 09 sec
Engaging Community to Start a Movement with HungerMitao
Anna and Raj Asava knew what hunger looked like in their home country of India but were completely unaware of what was hidden in plain sight in their community in the U.S. In this podcast, Ami talks with the founders of HungerMitao, a volunteer-driven grassroots movement focused on raising awareness about hunger in this country, about what they are doing to raise awareness about food insecurity and how they are enrolling others in the movement to end hunger.
May 2022 - 41 min 10 sec
Amplifying Voices of Advocacy with Capital Area Food Bank and the Client Leadership Council
In this podcast, we meet Latisha Reid, Vanessa Pierre and Adam LaRose who share their experiences with the Client Leadership Council, an initiative from the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington DC designed to enable members to serve as advocates and agents of change for themselves and their communities. Join Ami as she uncovers the power of using our voices and lived experience to advocate for strong, resilient communities.
Apr 2022 - 38 min 57 sec
Changing the Narrative to Nourish Communities with WANDA
In this episode, we explore reclaiming our history, writing a new narrative and redreaming a healthy future where everyday superpowers are activated. Join us as Ami talks with leaders from WANDA, an organization building a movement of women and girls of African descent who educate, advocate and innovate to change the trajectory of their communities.
Mar 2022 - 40 min 23 sec
Uprooting Racism and Seeding Sovereignty with Soul Fire Farm
Chances are you’re familiar with the term “food desert,” but what about the term “food apartheid”? In this episode, Ami talks about food, land and liberation with two leaders from Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous-centered community farm located in Petersburg, New York.
Feb 2022 - 48 min 38 sec
Closing the Racial Hunger Divide with Sherri Green and Allison O’Toole
The murder of George Floyd sparked outrage at myriad systemic inequities faced by people of color. In this episode, Ami's joined by two leaders from the community most closely impacted: Allison O’Toole, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, and Sherri Green, family resource manager at Sabathani Community Center—located just blocks from where George Floyd was killed.
Sep 2021 - 26 min 59 sec
Strengthening Partnerships, Creating Joy with Melanie McGuire and Ada Saenz
On this episode, Ami talks to Melanie McGuire, chief program officer at the San Antonio Food Bank, and Ada Saenz, interim CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, about how they worked together during the pandemic to listen and support their community through this difficult time.
Jul 2021 - 38 min 12 sec
Transitioning From White Space Governance with Community Food Bank of Arizona's Rene Lopez and Michael McDonald
Even with the best intentions, nonprofits have played a major role in maintaining racist systems -- and the makeup of their leadership is one big reason why.
In this episode, we speak with Community Food Bank of Arizona CEO Michael McDonald and board member Rene Lopez about their work transitioning their organization’s traditional whitespace governance into one that represents the communities it serves.
Jun 2021 - 35 min 41 sec
Building an Inclusive Democracy with Susannah Morgan and Liban Satu
What does democracy have to do with hunger? For this episode, we spoke with Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank, and Portland community leader Liban Satu on why building an inclusive democracy is an important step to ending hunger.
May 2021 - 32 min 20 sec
Power and Partnership with Nicole Robinson and Melvin Thompson
In this episode, we focus on the importance of sharing power and building equitable partnerships to end hunger. To discuss, host Ami McReynods sits down with Nicole Robinson, the chief partnership and programs officer at Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Melvin Thompson, the executive director of community development organization located in Chicago’s south side.
Apr 2021 - 39 min 28 sec
Putting Equity into Action with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
In this debut episode, host Ami McReynolds speaks with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. They talk about inequities in poverty and food insecurity, the role of philanthropy, and the power within local communities to create sustainable, transformative change.
Mar 2021 - 45 min 46 sec
In the debut episode, host Ami McReynolds will speak with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. They will talk aboutinequities in poverty and food insecurity, the role of philanthropy, and the power within local communities to create sustainable, transformative change.
Feb 2021 - 01 min 02 sec