About the Podcast:

Clancy questions her assumptions about the picky eating of the people receiving food from her food pantry. This 8-minute “Candid Clancy” episode will stop judgement in its tracks!

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Clancy’s believes that food dignity is when you work with people to define their barriers to see if they can figure out their own solution. It’s not about pushing your solutions on them.

About Clancy Harrison:

As a registered dietitian, TEDx speaker, international speaker, and author, Clancy Harrison challenges the way food insecurity is approached in the US. Her mission to demolish the stigma around healthy food access places her on the cutting edge of advocacy.  

Clancy is the founder of the Food Dignity® Project, a strategic program for leaders who want to shift how they approach nutrition outreach by making healthy food access a priority. She transforms the lives of thousands of people through her work with corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities.

 Currently, Clancy is an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics Food Insecurity EPIC program, Ambassador of the National Dairy Council, and the President of the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry.  Since the onset of COVID-19 Clancy has distributed nearly 1 million meals in her community to improve access to healthy food through effective collaborations.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • Clancy describes a transition in how her food pantry distributes food to protect food pantry recipients and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers began packing food boxes for guests and placing them in people’s trunks.
  • Food pantry volunteers began seeing food from the boxes that families did not like being left outside the pantry. To prevent food waste, volunteers began to tell guests, “You get what you get. Don’t get upset.”
  • Kate Scarlata is a registered dietitian and creator of a grassroots campaign, IbelieveinyourStory that raises awareness of digestive issues, gathers fund for research, and creates education surrounding these issues. Now, she’s on a mission to share how the food insecure may be suffering from digestive problems with limited affordable food options. Kate questioned the impact of Clancy’s volunteers’ saying. She asked if food pantry guests had food intolerances and were ridding of the food that made them sick. This question made Clancy rethink her initial understanding of why people left food outside her food pantry.
  • Health professionals often assume they know the food that people need to eat. In reality, it’s up to the client to choose the healthy options for themselves. These two solutions might look completely different.

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