Did you know that 1 in 5 children classify as food insecure in the United States?
Childhood food insecurity has far-reaching effects on the growth, development and academic potential of the young child. Food assistance programs and affordable food are critical to the health and well-being of food insecure children and help remedy child hunger.
In this episode, I talk with registered dietitian and food insecurity expert Clancy Harrison about childhood food insecurity and affordable food.Food assistance is a hand up, not a hand out. -Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN Click To Tweet
What You Will Learn:
- The difference between child hunger and food insecurity
- The rate of food insecurity in children in the United States
- The nutritional, social and emotional consequences of food insecurity
- Common misconceptions around food insecurity
- The stigma associated with food assistance programs
- How to fight hunger with dignity
- The myriad food assistance programs available to kids
- The many barriers to participation in food assistance programs
- Ways to make affordable meal planning the norm
What We Cover:
- How Clancy and I met
- How she became involved as a Food Pantry Director, which ultimately took her to Congress
- How Clancy was blinded by her own privilege
- How demonizing food strips away the dignity of food
- How we talk about food as a society is harmful
- Clancy’s wish list for changes in food assistance programming
- High nutrient foods that are affordable
Links Mentioned in the Show:
Click below for Clancy’s free meal planning course with meal plans and the affordable, nutrient-rich food list.
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: February 2, 2017
Updated on: November 5, 2019