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Cultivating Food Security (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-11-27

Duration: 00:56:47

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Food security


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Perkins, Peggy Interviewee
  • Lathan, Alphonse Interviewee
  • Deloach, Connor Interviewee
  • Richards, Theo Interviewee
  • Patty, Korey Interviewee
  • Saloy, Kathy Interviewee
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Interviewee
  • Champagne, Catherine Interviewee
  • Smith, Aldreamer Speaker
  • Mintz, Danny Speaker
  • Myers, Candice Speaker
  • Robinson, Press Speaker
  • Burkett, Andrew Speaker
  • Seghers, Bridget Speaker
  • Grisby, Kathryn Speaker
  • Brock, Erin Speaker
  • Irvine, Betsy Speaker
  • Houghtaling, Bailey Speaker
  • Patty, Korey Speaker
  • Parker, Kathryn Panelist
  • Cage, Edgar Panelist
  • Elwood, Stephanie Panelist
  • Caldwell, Clint Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 27, 2019, features Natasha Williams leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on food insecurity in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Peggy Perkins, a Top Box customer; Alphonse Lathan, a Top Box customer; Connor Deloach of Top Box; Theo Richards of the Capital Area Transit System in Baton Rouge; Korey Patty, the executive director of Feeding Louisiana; Kathy Saloy of HOPE Enterprise Corporation; East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome; and Dr. Catherine Champagne of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The audience members then discuss how their organizations are working to combat food insecurity. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Kathryn Parker, the executive director of Market Umbrella; Edgar Cage of Together Louisiana; Stephanie Elwood of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center; and Clint Caldwell, the general manager for Shoppers Value Foods. They discuss: the biggest challenge to food security in Louisiana; encouraging healthy diets; incentivizing retailers in food deserts to carry fresh foods in their stores; mobile farmers markets; the importance of teaching people how to grow their own food; the reasons why grocery stores do not open in food deserts; combating food insecurity on college campuses; encouraging farmers to grow more fruits and vegetables; and the Baton Rouge Healthy Food Retail Initiative. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Natasha Williams