Hunger and the Environment: A New Podcast from Second Harvest Heartland


November 14, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: Hunger Stories

It’s nearly impossible to talk about hunger without talking about food waste. Approximately 72 billion pounds of food is wasted each year, including 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables that go unharvested. This perfectly good food—from every point in the food production cycle—ends up in landfills and incinerators instead of in the mouths of the more than 1 in 11 Minnesotans, including 1 in 8 children, who experience hunger.

“Hunger and the Environment” is about the intersection of food and the environment.

Produced by Second Harvest Heartland’s own Director of Produce Strategy, Bob Branham, and Minnesota GreenCorps member, Anne Marie Greenwood, “Hunger and the Environment” aims to inform, inspire and educate the public about our hunger relief work and how it connects to environmental sustainability.

The goal, according to Branham, is to make conversations about these topics more mainstream.

“It’s our hope that this podcast helps to create a dialogue about how the topics of environmental sustainability and hunger relief are not only related but are truly inseparable in our current food system,” said Branham. “We want listeners to walk away with an increased awareness of the intersectionality of hunger and environmentalism.”

The podcast is hosted by Second Harvest Heartland Produce Cooperative Sourcing Specialist, Katharine Reed, Volunteer Experience Ambassador, Caroline Hofmeister and FoodRx Coordinator, Karen Javurek.

Topics will include the food donation journey, agriculture and waste, policy and technology and innovation as it relates to hunger relief and sustainability. You can listen to the first three episodes now on BuzzSprout and iTunes. Our inaugural episode features Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O’Toole.  






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