Healthy Food Movement Q&A with Founder, Rayna Andrews
Q: Who are you?
A: I am Rayna Andrews, mom-preneur, Chief Hunger Fighter of the Healthy Food Movement and author of the “Book Alex McGreen and the Tale of the Mysterious Kale.”
Q: What is the Healthy Food Movement?
A: The Healthy Food Movement is a wellness initiative focused on food security and food literacy in underserved communities.
Q: Why did you create the Healthy Food Movement?
A: As a former food banking executive, I saw the important impact we were making by getting food to people who truly needed it. I also saw the amount of food waste that resulted from people not knowing how to use the food they were given and would discard it. I started my company to bridge the gap. The food literacy gap!
Have you or anyone you’ve known, maybe a teenager, ever looked in the pantry and saw shelves of ingredients, but then say there’s no food in the house? That’s because they are food illiterate. There’s a lack of knowing how to make food with whole ingredients.
This is the case for more than 50 million Americans.
Q. Do you have a personal connection to food security or food literacy?
A: As a woman of color, I noticed that the people who look like me are the most severely impacted by hunger, poor food access, diet-related illness and other problems with the food system.
It is my personal experience of being a mother, the granddaughter of a dietician and having personally experienced food insecurity as a child and an adult that pushes me to disrupt this cycle of health disparities that exist at the intersection of food insecurity and food illiteracy.
Q: What does the Healthy Food Movement actually do?
A: The Healthy Food Movement fills the meal gap by:
Providing medically tailored meals directly to those with emergency needs.
We teach food literacy education intergenerationally
We facilitate equity training for emergency food practitioners in space to consider how racial inequality at the structural level connects with social justice issues, like ending hunger and poverty.
I talk about this in greater detail and other portions of my food journey in the TEDx I did at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee called “Food Insecurity is a Public Health Concern.” You should check it out on my website!
Q: What do you envision for the movement long-term?
A: Simply put, I envision a movement that unites people using food as a tool to build lasting community connections and knowledge; where food not only builds health, but also builds bridges between people for generations to come.
That’s why I created the Healthy Food Movement. Check us out! Join the movement!