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Lunch Agenda is a virtual lunch date that offers us all a chance to be food activists. Kiko spent three years interviewing neighbors served by the Capital Area Food Bank about how they like to eat. She’s learned that in order for everyone in America to eat better, we need to listen to different perspectives from our own and pursue change on many levels. She’ll sit with doctors, parents, policymakers and more to hear their agenda for the food system, and will ask each guest for one action listeners can take to change things for the better.

This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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    Institutional Food, Episode 4: Prison Food (Identity & Entrepreneurism)

    Beyond the public safety and public health impacts of inadequate nutrition in correctional facilities, the food served there affects the emotions, relationships and aspirations of those on the inside. Kiko learns about issues of food environment from Leslie Soble, an ethnographer with Impact Justice. The series ends on a high note in conversation with Seth Sundberg, an entrepreneur whose mission-driven nutrition bar company began during his five years in federal prison. Stick through the end of the episode, when Kiko reveals two guest hosts who will be your Lunch Agenda dates over the summer during her maternity leave!

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    Institutional Food, Episode 3: Prison Food (Nutrition Justice)

    Roughly 2.8 million incarcerated Americans--who on the outside would present significant power as consumers--are often ignored or forgotten in our food system. Kiko talks with Halim Flowers about the lived experience of eating while incarcerated for 22 years in facilities from the east coast to the west coast; Halim shares why he’s especially worried about adolescents whose bodies and brains develop on the inside. We also hear from Kanav Kathuria about the Farm to Prison Project that is using food to change the consciousness of people in his Baltimore community toward those who are incarcerated.

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    Institutional Food, Episode 2: Hospital Food

    Our institutional food exploration moves to hospitals, another setting where huge amounts of people (who don’t necessarily have a choice in the matter) eat every day. Kiko speaks with Jeff Klova, Executive Chef at Temple University Hospital and Shelley Chamberlain, the Healthy Food in Healthcare Specialist for Philadelphia's Good Food Healthy Hospitals initiative, about sourcing more ingredients locally, serving less meat, wasting less food, and "nudges" that steer people to use food as medicine while at the hospital.

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    Institutional Food, Episode 1: Hotel Food

    Kiko kicks off a long-awaited series examining food offerings in hotels, hospitals and prisons. In conversation with Spike Gjerde of A Rake's Progress in the Line Hotel DC and Jessi Silverman of Center for Science in the Public Interest's report on hotel food, we explore why food served in institutions lacks the transparency of sourcing, accountability to nutrition and standards of flavor that we expect elsewhere...and what is being done about it.

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    Investing in Food, Episode 4: Reaching for Food Sovereignty

    If you’re an investor looking to drive equity through your funding decisions, today’s episode is for you. Kiko talks with Dennis Derryck of Corbin Hill Food Project about how he’s structured that non-profit around equitable ownership and participation. Then Olivia Rebanal of Capital Impact Partners shares her perspectives as a funder who has worked to break down barriers for those traditionally left out of food investment so they can equally access the funds on the table. Leave this series armed with practical tips to inform your action plan for consciously driving towards the food system you want to see!

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    Investing in Food, Episode 2: Filling the Gaps with Chris Bradshaw & Tom McDougall

    Chris Bradshaw and Tom McDougall identified gaps in Washington’s food landscape, and founded a non-profit (Dreaming Out Loud) and a business (4P Foods) to address them. In the second episode of this series, the two entrepreneurs are joined by Katie Jones, the Director of the Bainum Family Foundation's Food Security Initiative, to discuss how they source and deploy investment to fuel their work.

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    Investing in Food, Episode 1: Inside the Mind of the Investor

    Want to get inside the head of people who invest in food concepts? In partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, Kiko kicks off a special series all about the who, why and how of food investment. Today’s guests--Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors, Leila Otis of the Bainum Family Foundation, and Celeste James who leads Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Philanthrophy in the Mid-Atlantic region--help us understand the different types of food funding that exist in 2019, and give us a window into how funders make their decisions.

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    Black Food History Month, Episode 3: Tambra Raye Stevenson on Marking this Moment

    We’re nearing the end of February and Black History Month, but there are 10 months left this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing on American soil. Kiko talks with Tambra Raye Stevenson, the DC-based food educator and founder of NativSol Kitchen and WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture, about creative ways to honor the milestone. We preview the workshop we'll offer at Rooting DC this Saturday 2/23, and explore how to teach black food history without being “Tone Deaf as F%$k".

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    Black Food History Month, Episode 2: Leah Penniman on Agricultural Organizing

    Leah Penniman co-founded Soul Fire Farm with a committment to ending racism and injustice in the food system, and last year published Farming While Black, a how-to guide for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their agency. In today's episode Kiko asks her about Ujumma, Susus, and other ways African farmers have organized, pooled resources and supported each other both in Africa and her diaspora.

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