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Challenging the Dominant Narratives Around Hunger

The stories we tell ourselves about hunger shape our approach to solutions. Is it time to challenge the long-standing narratives surrounding food insecurity?

Amanda Nickey and Stephanie Solomon on site at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a Community Food Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana.

We’ve  identified that there is a dominant narrative around hunger, specifically,  and that often it can perpetuate the very conditions of poverty and hunger. –Stephanie Solomon

Today on our show, as promised we have a conversation about what it means to challenge the dominant narratives around hunger in the United States, and why some emergency food providers are looking at root causes of food insecurity as they face growing numbers of people seeking food assistance.

Amanda Nickey and Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a Community Food Resource Center in Bloomington Indiana join us in the studio, and we couldn’t fit it all into one episode! This is the first installment of a two part series.

Next week we’ll look at unicorn stories, (you know, the tales of special individuals rising up from difficult circumstances, to lead successful lives?) and how those often inspirational stories can end up clouding our understanding and even masking the structural inequities that are built into our society. [Listen to Part II]

Harvest Public Media takes a look at labor shortages on farms in the face of the Trump administration’s immigration crack-down.

And from Chef Daniel Orr, we have quick and tangy salad, which could almost serve as a meal in itself.


Music this week comes from Nickel Creek, Dirty Three, Fredrico Y Su Combo Latino, and Yo La Tengo.

Stories On This Episode

Chickpeas with Feta and Sorrel

Garden Sorrel (not to be confused with Wood Sorrel, which has a small, clover like leaf) is a perennial with broad leaves and a lemony flavor.

Rights Groups Blast USDA Plan For Faster Pork Production

The USDA has proposed changes that would increase line speeds at pork processing plants, a move advocates say will increase worker injuries.

Labor Shortage For Farm Work And Trump’s Immigration Stance

Agriculture-based businesses across the Midwest and Great Plains that depend on immigrant labor are scrambling to keep their operations staffed.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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