Many of us probably have family recipes that have been passed down from generation to  generation. These recipes, which have transcended time, are a reminder of how elders in our family tree continue to have lasting influences on our lives, even and especially in a time of isolation.

This week, we dedicate our stories to elders, grandparents and family members who came before us. First, we follow a food delivery program for elders on a rural island in Maine as they bridge the distance to build community. Then we  take a seat at the table to learn how retirement home residents are rejoicing in the simple act of dining together. We journey to Georgia, where a farmer is continuing a century-long family legacy and we dive into the various ways food is used to remember ancestors around the world.

Further Reading and Listening:

Check out Robyn Grant’s research and work with The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care here

You heard a clip from Episode 1 of Jupiter’s Almanac. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. (Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS).

You can pre-order Matthew Raiford’s book Bress 'n' Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer here.

Learn more from Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife

Elders

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