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Addressing Hunger in America with Susannah Morgan of the Oregon Food Bank

We’ve gone from serving 1 in 5 people in Oregon to closer to 1 in 3.

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Tough times for food banks

The work food banks do to feed Americans who have fallen on tough times has taken on a whole new significance because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

One of the saddest and most frustrating ironies of food waste in the US is that we waste close to 40% of our food supply every year while one in seven Americans struggles with hunger. Working to bridge the gap between these two tragic failings of our food system is our nation’s network of food banks. 

Susannah Morgan is the CEO of the Oregon Food and has spent 24 years working in food bans across America. In this episode, she candidly shares the lessons she’s learned in a career in food banks. Susannah shares her learnings on causes of hunger in America, and how anyone can best support food banks and reduce hunger in this country. 

She clears up some common misconceptions about hunger in America and outlines why donating money is better than donating food. Susannah explains how food banks are really the last line of defense against hunger and not just about hunger relief. We close by discussing how addressing homelessness and healthcare in America interconnect and why she hopes to one day put herself out of business. 

This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to truly understand why hunger is such a tough problem to solve even in wealthy countries. You’ll leave with a newfound appreciation for your local food bank. 

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