About the Podcast:

We eat in patterned ways that reflect our social, emotional, and economic status. Registered Dietitian Leslie Bonci shares what it's like to eat healthy on a limited budget, ways to expand access to good food, and ideas for cultivating a diverse team to solve inequalities in our communities.



Leslie Bonci



Supplemental Material:

Free 20-page recipe book full of shelf-stable food items from local food banks

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Her #1 tip to improve access to healthy food:

Meet people where they are, so everyone has a seat at the table.

About Leslie Bonci:

Leslie J. Bonci , MPH,RD,CSSD, LDN, is the owner of Active Eating Advice, a nutrition consulting company and is the co-founder of Performance365, a sports nutrition consulting company. Her company, Performance 365, will provide sports nutrition services for the XFL, the new football league starting in 2020. She is the sports dietitian for the 2020 Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs.

She is the author of Sport Nutrition for Coaches and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Guide to Better Digestion and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, Walk Your Butt Off, The Active Calorie Diet and Bike Your Butt Off. She has authored chapters for sports medicine and sports nutrition manuals. Leslie is also a blogger for US News and World Report Eat + Run; has a monthly television segment on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Today Live show; and is a regular guest on local and national radio programs.

Leslie is passionate about having people eat within their salary cap. Most of her audiences and clients are not paid like professional athletes, but they need to eat well to play well and stay well. Her goal is to find a way to create an #enabledtable that allows everyone to eat within their means.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • Clancy is a dietitian, author, a recovering food elitist, the president of a food pantry and founder of the Food Dignity Project®.
  • This podcast explores stories of hunger fighters, popular misconceptions, and food racism. Clancy will talk to people who live or have lived in real-life hunger experiences. She will discuss the national anti-hunger programs. Anything that provides insight to the concept of food dignity concept, she will tackle it.
  • The podcasts guests are inspiration to others educators, professors, storytellers, healthcare providers, non-profit leaders, corporate executives and survivors. She wants to lift up the hidden voices of hunger.
  • She wants to challenge her perceptions, misconceptions, and judgements. Because guess what? She judges. The fact is, we all judge. The question becomes, what do we do with that judgement? Do we carry it with us, or do we take a step back to learn about and explore it?
  • Conversations will cause all listeners to take a step back; ask questions; challenge what the thought they knew about themselves, others, and about hunger.
  • Who Clancy sees in her food pantry are people just like you and me. She sees people who lost their jobs, are working multiple jobs without enough pay to support their family, veterans, elderly who have slipped through the cracks of society, people who have a diagnosis like diabetes and cancer, and more.
  • Hunger can be defined by the physical pain of not having something to eat. Food insecurity is when people worry about running out of food before their next paycheck. This looks like only having $50 to shop for food for the week. In this case, a family may have to resort to affordable, not-so-healthy options. Eating like this causes malnourishment, fear and hunger pains.

  • The purpose of this podcast is to challenge the stigma and change the culture with dignity.
  • Over the next decade, Clancy wants to seek meaningful conversations that unleash more empathy and compassion in herself and others…in our families...in our country...around the world.

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