Fascinating interview by Jeff Smith with researcher and author Andy Fisher who makes the claim that “…the way we address hunger in the US is ineffective and has generated collateral damage to the dignity and health of the poor.
At the heart of this ineffectiveness are the relationships between corporate America and anti-hunger groups. These relationships have been instrumental to solving hunger today, but sell us short in solving hunger for tomorrow, or at a systemic level.
This a time of great change in the anti-hunger community, of groups working toward new goals in different ways. This change needs to be accelerated and institutionalized.
The path forward for the anti-hunger community lies in a new vision grounded in principles of economic justice, health and local economies.
There is a great potential for connecting the anti-hunger community to public health, labor and other sectors to build a much stronger force for progressive politics.”
This interview was conducted online with Andy Fisher, author of the recent book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. We have been thinking about some of the analysis from his book over the years, especially as it relates to food justice.
In recent months we have written articles that have offered a critique of both Feeding American West Michigan and the group Kids Food Basket, which are fairly consistent with the analysis that Fisher provides in his book.
On Tuesday, October 25, there is a public lecture by Any Fisher at the Diocese of Grand Rapids 360 S. Division Ave from 7 – 8:30pm. You can find more details at this link.
GRIID – What would you say are the main points you make in your book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups?
Andy – The way…
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