Indy Hunger Network recently held a first-time-ever event, bringing in guest Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh to share insights about her book ‘How the Other Half Eats’ with a discussion led by Tikilia Tinker-Martin, the Community Engagement Coordinator with the City of Indianapolis. 

In ‘How the Other Half Eats,’ Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh explores the influence of varying household incomes on the food choices made by families across the socio-economic spectrum. Her research follows families of different economic backgrounds and researches how these families make the food decisions they do and what factors influence their decisions. 

At this event, Tikilia Tinker-Martin facilitated a discussion with Dr. Priya Fielding-Singh, focusing on the connection between her book’s research and local food pantries. The conversation delved into why individuals who visit food pantries may not always choose the most nutritious options and explored how pantry leaders can incorporate this knowledge into their operations and plan for future steps.

Generous support from IHN’s sponsors, including Eskenazi Health, the City of Indianapolis, the Pacers Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, enabled Indy Hunger Network to bring this nationally-known expert to Indianapolis. A total of 220 people registered, primarily comprised of food pantry leaders, representatives from partner organizations, and agencies dedicated to hunger relief in the Indianapolis community.

In 2022, the Indy Hunger Network staff read Dr. Fielding-Singh’s book together as a professional development activity, and we found the research and its applications to be directly relevant to our work promoting food security in the Greater Indianapolis area. IHN’s Food Assistance Programs Manager, Alexandra Sindorf, shared her own perspective, saying, “As someone who works with food insecurity every day, I approached the book not anticipating groundbreaking insights or fresh ideas. However, it proved to be an eye-opening experience, providing me with a wealth of new knowledge and perspectives.”

If you would like to take part in Indy Hunger Network’s next event, all food pantry leaders are invited to join us for a day of training and networking at the annual Food Pantry Summit, scheduled for March 6th, 2024, at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Join our food pantry list for updates on events like these by emailing