This week’s edition of Everything’s On the Table takes on hunger in the city. HRN’s Erin Fairbanks is joined by guest co-host Kate MacKenzie, the Director of Policy and Government Relations at City Harvest, a Food Systems Network NYC Leadership Comittee member, and Co-Chair of FSNYC’s Goverance Committee. Erin and Kate are joined by a wealth of guests who are passionate about making healthy food affordable and available to all communities in New York City. Tune in to hear from Jan Poppendieck, Policy Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and a Professor Emerita in Sociology at Hunter College. Hear why Jan believes that low incomes are one of the biggest contributors to a lack of food access and security for so many people. Find out why current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits do not provide enough credit for healthy foods, and how cuts to SNAP threaten the health of the city to an enormous degree. Michael Hurwitz is the Director of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC. Hear why Michael believes that wireless food stamps have made fresh produce inaccessible to most low-income communities. Rick Luftglass, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, speaks to the role of philanthropy in relation to governmental assistance. Cathy Nonas directs the New York City Health Department’s Physical Activity and Nutrition program. Tune in to hear Cathy talk about the need for governmental pressure on advertisers, and how the next administration should make access to healthy foods a priority. Thanks to our sponsor, HeritageRadioNetwork.org. Thanks to takstar for today’s music.

“Why do so many of our neighbors not know where their next meal is going to come from? The answer is actually very simple- not enough income.” [4:00]

Jan Poppendieck on Everything’s On the Table

“Every community and family wants access to the freshest, healthiest food available.” [15:00]

Michael Hurwitz on Everything’s On the Table

“We need to continue to push industry, both locally and federally, to stop promoting unhealthy foods to low-income communities.” [28:55]

Cathy Nonas on Everything’s On the Table

“Private philanthropy can’t make up the difference in budget gaps.” [30:00]

Rick Luftglass on Everything’s On the Table