In this episode of Add Passion and Stir, three chefs from three U.S. cities share the revelations they had while bearing witness to hunger and poverty in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. Chefs John Currence (Oxford, MS – City Grocery, Big Bad Breakfast), Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, IL – Monteverde) and Matt McClure (Bentonville, AR – The Hive) sit down with Share Our Strength Associate Director of Field Management Jillien Meier and founder and CEO Billy Shore to reflect on the tour they had of schools and communities seeing the effects of hunger and poverty. These social activist chefs explain why they feel a responsibility to use their platforms to help feed needy families in their communities – and their voices to demand better systems and policies for all families. Spending time with the No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign further inspired them to keep driving change in their communities and beyond. As John Currence says, “We have the tools. We know that the money is there to do it. There’s absolutely no reason in the world that we should have a kid in this country that goes without breakfast in the morning.” Hear about the motivation they get from their “giving profession” and learn how you too can bear witness and make change.
Listen and Learn:
· How chefs activate on food and hunger issues
· What the No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign is doing about child hunger
· How you can bear witness in your own community
Resources and Mentions:
· No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign: The No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign is the product of a public-private partnership that includes the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Education, and several corporate partners. Together, we work to end childhood hunger in the Commonwealth.
· Move On Up Mississippi Foundation: Move on Up Mississippi inspires and funds educational youth initiatives focused on health, wellbeing, and physical activity. Recognizing the negative impact of obesity and other ailments, we drive awareness of problems and solutions, develop effective tools and programs, and recognize and support change agents to realize a healthier future for Mississippi children.