Vote With Your Wallet to Fix Our Broken Food System

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We have everything we need to feed every mouth in America, but we do not. Why is policy in the way of a healthy, equitable food system? Add Passion and Stir guests Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors and Victor Albisu of Del Campo restaurant in DC sit down with Share Our Strength founders Billy and Debbie Shore to explain what we can do to change this unacceptable inequality in our vast American food system. “Food access is one of the simplest things to fix in this country, and yet it’s become one of the most intractable political issues,” says Eric. Policymakers are lagging behind what Americans want and need. So what can each of us do? We can vote both with ballots AND with our wallets. The choices you make, the foods you buy, the restaurants you patronize all make our food system better or worse and lead to overall systems change. Listen to hear about how to vote with your wallet.

Listen and Learn:

· Why the U.S. food system is a social justice issue

· How to address food waste

· How to effect systems change

Resources and Mentions:

· No Kid Hungry: (nokidhungry.org): Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

· Arabella Advisors (arabellaadvisors.com): Arabella is a team of passionate problem solvers dedicated to helping clients make a difference on the issues that matter most to them.

· James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp (jamesbeard.org/education/bootcamp): The Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change provides an opportunity for civically and politically minded chefs to become more effective leaders for food-system change.

· Del Campo (delcampodc.com): The lifestyle and food culture celebrated on an estancia, a large South American vineyard estate, is the inspiration for Victor Albisu’s flagship restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The airy, 174-seat agrarian space is home to a meat-driven, wine-centric menu that is a product of Albisu’s Latin American roots and travels throughout Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.

Resources and Mentions:

No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

Arabella Advisors

Arabella is a team of passionate problem solvers dedicated to helping clients make a difference on the issues that matter most to them.

James Beard Foundation Chefs Boot Camp

The Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change provides an opportunity for civically and politically minded chefs to become more effective leaders for food-system change.

Del Campo

The lifestyle and food culture celebrated on an estancia, a large South American vineyard estate, is the inspiration for Victor Albisu’s flagship restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The airy, 174-seat agrarian space is home to a meat-driven, wine-centric menu that is a product of Albisu’s Latin American roots and travels throughout Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.