Hungry and Obese: Food and America’s Well-Being

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One of the things that impresses me the most about my move to Los Angeles has been how welcoming the community has been.

When I first arrived, nonprofit leaders like Mark Loranger of Chrysalis and Bill Pitkin of the The Hilton Foundation sent notes of welcome…and ever since, there has been a steady stream of how-do-you-do’s and invitations to connect from folks at every corner of this amazing town.

Case in point, I recently met with Nancy Ozeas of the Milken Institute, and she immediately invited me to be part of an upcoming panel discussion: Hungry and Obese: Food and America’s Well-Being. It’s another in an long string of invitations that allow me to flesh out the vision for L.A. Kitchen AND meet leaders in L.A. who are as excited about change, advocacy and social enterprise as I am. Plus…it’s a who’s-who of thought leaders, including Laurie David, Kelly Chapman Meyer of the American Heart Association Teaching Garden, and Lawrence Soler of Partnership for a Healthier America.

Stop by if you can. It’ll be at the Institute with L.A. Kitchen staff from 4 – 6:00pm on Tuesday the 10th. Here’s a link to the registration page.

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Similarly, another GREAT new friend, Flori Shutzer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, has invited me to speak at an event they are hosting (along with MAZON) on September 24th, celebrating the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It will focus on Innovative Strategies that Address Hunger Locally and Globally, and I really hope you’ll consider coming to that gig also.

L-O-N-G story short…this is a town that knows how to get down, and if you know me, then you know that, like James Brown, I’m always up for getting down. As we continue to build L.A. Kitchen’s infrastructure, we hope you’ll get to know us out and about town.