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The Colin McEnroe Show
Tue June 3, 2014
Connecticut Is the Land of Plenty, for Some
If you're like me, you'll have a lot of thoughts about food today but they won't be about how to get some. It will be about what you want for lunch and what you feel like having for dinner.
You might have an argument with yourself about whether you can afford to eat a snack or dessert, but to you the word "afford" has to do with your weight and your waistline.
So it's always a shock to realize there are people living quite nearby who really can't afford food, people who would be in serious trouble if there weren't federally-funded food programs and kitchens and pantry's run by religious groups.
You'll meet two of those people on our show today. The other lesson you'll learn has to do with transportation. If you're poor, you often don't have a car and the shoddy, spotty transit system in the state can make it shockingly hard to get to the food you need.
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- Jiff Martin is a sustainable food system associate with UConn's Cooperative Extension System and the co-author of a new study by UConn Zwick Center for Food Resource Policy and the Department of Cooperative Extension, 2012 Community Food Security in Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns
- Lucy Nolan is the Executive Director of EndHungerCT
- Cheryl (Bedore) Trzcinski is the founder and CEO of Master's Manna. You can also watch Master's Manna video here.
- Lisa Weborg is a shopper and volunteer at Master’s Manna
- Nydia Faez is a shopper and volunteer at Master's Manna
Spoiler Alert: the Food Pantry Wins