Add Passion and Stir: Courageous and Inspiring Conversations About Food

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Food plays a central role in our lives, from our health and environmental impact to a child’s educational achievement and opportunity.

That’s why Share Our Strength — the nonprofit behind No Kid Hungry — brings you Add Passion and Stir, the weekly podcast about people changing the world of food and beyond.

Every other week, Share Our Strength's founder and chair Billy Shore connects with thought leaders from across hospitality, government, arts and entertainment, philanthropy, non-profit, education and more to discuss food and its effect on our lives

Guests have included Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, World Central Kitchen founder Chef Jose Andres, actor Anthony Anderson,  and rockstar P!nk, among many other diverse voices.

The podcast started in 2016 and currently has more than 200 episodes. Each month, over 2,000 listeners download the podcast to learn about hunger, food equity, race and representation, the role of government in food, and much more.

Here are some examples of the voices and ideas you’ll hear on the show:

Award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi and Salamander Hotels & Resorts founder Sheila Johnson recently spoke about Black culture and diversity in the restaurant industry.

“We will continually shine light on the issues until we can get the problem solved. We really want to level the playing field here. No more hiding in the shadows. No more being afraid to move forward,” said Johnson promoting the Family Reunion event, a celebration of Black and brown contributions to the industry.

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Author Kathy Edin and social entrepreneur Tom McDougall had a courageous conversation about poverty and solutions for equity.

“We can’t talk about fixing the food system,” McDougall shared, “unless we talk about money and politics… subsidies… institutional racism… the history of farming. If we move the needle just a tad on food equity, it means we’re moving a lot of other needles along the way.” 

Academy-award winning actor and No Kid Hungry national spokesperson, Jeff Bridges, joined his daughter Isabelle Bridges-Boesch for an emotional Father’s Day episode.


“As you get older, you realize that the value you have and what’s really precious in life are these family relationships,” reflected Bridges.

This September, Add Passion and Stir shares a series of episodes explaining the history and impact of the Child Tax Credit. This credit has given families with kids an end-of-year credit on taxes to support the cost of raising a family. This year as part of the American Rescue Plan passed  legislation to ensure the credit supports — at least temporarily — the most vulnerable Americans who had traditionally been left out. Experts say this could lift as many as 5 million kids out of poverty.

Listen to the first episode of the Child Tax Credit series here. Join Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) in a conversation about the evolution of the legislation and the Child Tax Credit as part of a bigger historic change to fight poverty in America. 

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Subscribe for upcoming episodes, and check out these popular episodes that focus on key themes explored on the show:
Cooper and Brand on hunger and food equity
Mark Bittman on the food industry
Jennifer Steinhauer on government’s role in fighting hunger
Marcus Samuelsson and Lauren Bush Lauren on giving back
Bill Novelli on leadership