Skip to main content

Putting Food On The Table: Food Insecurity

Putting Food on the Table: Food Insecurity

In Northeast PA, multiple organizations are working to keep their communities well-fed

Do you know where your next meal will come from? Will you be able to afford a nutritious meal for yourself and your family? In the year 2017 alone, 1.5 million Pennsylvanians lacked access to affordable food and were at risk of going hungry. In Northeastern PA, multiple organizations are working every day to lower that number and keep their communities well-fed, even in areas known as food deserts

Panelists

Allison Hess

Vice-President of Health Services, Geisinger

Gretchen Hunt

CEO Weinberg Food Bank

Joe Arthur

Executive Director, Central PA Food Bank

Previous Episodes

About the Show

Healthcare is constantly changing as technology finds new and better ways to help people live longer, healthier lives. Host Tonyehn Verkitus will address the issues that are important to the people in our community, including the ongoing pandemic, concerns about vaccines, food deserts, childhood trauma and child abuse, mental health, environmental issues, and the rising cost of staying healthy with leaders and experts who are positively moving the needle in our region. Tonyehn's work as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies, a wholistic life coach, and founding member of the Africa Community Exchange will help her educate the community on health and food, community activism, and healing through self-care.

About the Host

Tonyehn Verkitus

Tonyehn Verkitus is the Executive Director of the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies. Her work in the nonprofit world has mostly centered on health and food though she also spent many years training organizations and communities on fundraising and telling their mission-based stories.

In 2007, Tonyehn along with other family members and friends started Africa Community Exchange, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support an effective model of education for youth and educators. Currently their work centers in Liberia with plans to expand to neighboring countries. Tonyehn also sits on the boards of the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education Department; WVIA Community Advisory Board; and leads professional education programs for the Luzerne County Opioid Task Force through the District Attorney’s Office.

As a Wholistic Life Coach and writer, Tonyehn is interested in the intersection between personal stories and community activism. As a person with many personal stories that shatter and empower she has developed and facilitated workshops on healing and reducing personal trauma through self-care and shared stories.

Support for Keystone Edition is Provided By

Support for Keystone Edition Health is Provided By