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Fighting Food Insecurity + 12-Year-Old Baking Star


Hunger is a problem that can be solved. This hour, we talk to people devoted to ending food insecurity. Jason Jakubowski, president and CEO of Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare, joins us to talk about the ways the organization has mobilized to feed the more than 540,000 people at risk of hunger in our state. We’ll also talk to two organizers of Middletown Community Fridge, a project of the Middletown Mutual Aid Collective. What are the challenges of starting a grass-roots community fridge? And finally, did you catch West Hartford’s own Sam Occhiogrosso on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship last year? We want to celebrate this 12-year-old baking star who proved 2020 wasn’t all bad.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.



Jason Jakubowski – President and CEO of Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare

Maya Gomberg – Organizer of Middletown Community Fridge,

Kirk Hart – Organizer of Middletown Community Fridge

(You can contact the Middletown Mutual Aid Collective via email: middletownmutualaid@gmail.com)

Sam Occhiogrosso – Kid baker from West Hartford, Season 8 Runner-Up on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship (@sambakesthecakes on Instagram)

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.