About the Podcast: 

Media producer, Felicia Glover gives her unique take on food access, from starting her life in a single-parent household in poverty to feeling out a rich, white neighborhood as a grown, black woman. She dives into the racial, generational, and economic complexities surrounding healthy food and water access.

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Felicia Glover

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gloverfelicia@gmail.com

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Her #1 tip to improve access to healthy food:

Try to understand before jumping into judgement.

About Felicia Glover:

Felicia is a native of Washington DC. She grew up in a single-parent household and later became a single mom at the age of 18. Felicia decided to go back to college at the tender age of 25 where she would work hard to complete her degree with her two sons at toe. Now, she inspires moms in many avenues, one being her YouTube channel, @PuttingOnPampersintheDark, where she encourages black women to breastfeed and gives practical mom advice. She also offers motivational coaching to single moms and is a public speaker who loves to provide power to those who feel powerless. She is a proud mom of three and a soon to be wife!

Discussion Takeaways:

  • Hunger is REAL! Hunger hurts physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • You desire healthy food because you were born.
  • When a child acts out in school because they don’t know how to deal with hunger emotions and physical feelings, they are sent to the principal’s office. They get punished for experiencing hunger.
  • Food oppression goes back to slavery and is still the narrative today! Black people still get to scraps in 2020!
  • Healthy eating is not a priority when you don’t have access to food. When people have to ask if there will be food on their plate, how can they even think about what kind of food will be there?
  • Food oppression has a trickles-down effect. Everything– food access, education, health, and more– is affected when someone doesn’t have food. Addressing food security could ultimately solve all those problems and improve the food system as a whole.
  • We need to take basic needs into consideration to create safe havens for each other.
  • You can’t just take a bus to get food. Even if you have access to a bus, there are challenges (like rules limiting the number of allowable bags on public transit, the cost of bus fare, schedule delays, walking distance to the station, neighborhood safety, etc.). It takes a lot of planning!
  • Until we pull back layers, we will always have issues. We have to unite as a community to create change. We ARE the narrative to create change.
  • The change starts within YOU.

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