About the Podcast:

Nonprofit Director Robin Mallery knows nutrition education can strike a nerve. People should not only have access to healthy food, but they should learn about it in a way that recognizes how stresses of poverty affects behavior, dismisses shame, and promotes mental and physical well-being.

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Her #1 tip to improve access to healthy food:

When we donate fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries, we cultivate a healthy next generation.

About Robin Mallery: 

Robin is passionate about food! As the Director of Urban Seeds, Robin is active in implementing programs that increase access to fresh, nourishing foods to those who are nutrient-insecure, thereby elevating the Food Justice conversation. She is committed to supporting locally-grown food as one of the many opportunities to create a vibrant local foods economy. Her professional experience as a cardiovascular and diabetes nurse provides the platform for her teaching a "Food as Medicine" philosophy. As Director, Robin is able to engage in impactful and collaborative community initiatives such as supporting a Trauma Informed Nutrition Care training, “Shopping and Cooking on a Budget” classes, and food rescue opportunities. Robin is also active with the Healthy Communities Partnership initiative, sponsored by Welborn Baptist Foundation and Purdue Extension.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • “High priority food area” is the new term for “food dessert”.
  • It is time to embrace moral obligation, and serve children food that is nutrient dense.
  • Use “nutrient security” instead of “food security”. It is less about a food shortage and more about poor access to nutrient dense food.
  • Let’s look at the big picture and understand that people may not know how to make a dinner with the food given to them through hunger relief organizations.

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