“There are some similarities [to 9/11] in terms of displaced workers, in terms of need for help, but those workers actually got help after 9/11. And in this situation, I think we’re teetering on the brink of a real great depression very similar, if not worse to, what we saw in the 30’s in terms of people outside looking for food.”
“Nothing beats going out to a restaurant, I really look forward to the day that we’re all able to eat together again in some of our favorite places”
“How do we treat each other when things are going well, and then how do we treat each other when things are really hard?”
“If part of what comes from this is that we realize all the people who are handling the food from the beginning on the farm to the end of the chain are really vital. We need to treat them better, pay them better, give them benefits.”
“It’s kind of like going through a grieving process, I would imagine. Because our restaurants are our second homes.”
“Government policies and laws are very important – and have enabled an inefficient system – and that has to change.”
“Our own industry- they are the folks. There are twenty, thirty thousand people who worked at food companies, who now don’t have access to food,” warns Chevalier.
Today on “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg,” Dani interviews Kimbal and Christiana Musk. They discuss the importance of providing nutritious meals for students who are food insecure and rely on school lunches for sustenance.