PAFII Episode 17: Lindsey Seegers & Jenna Umbriac, Manna Food Center

About Lindsey Seegers

Lindsey Seegers, Manna Food Center

Lindsey Seegers is Manna Food Center’s Program Manager of Nutrition Education. At Manna, she recently co-designed a school bus turned mobile kitchen and pop-up pantry that provides culinary education to kids, and fresh produce to families with limited food access. For over four years, she has led multi-lingual Cooking Matters classes at the grocery store, teaching participants about shopping on a budget.

In addition to these roles, Lindsey also facilitates workshops on diabetes prevention for mothers of young children and for seniors at low-income apartment complexes. She speaks publicly about domestic hunger issues, healthy eating, and using social media for social justice.

Lindsey’s work has been featured by Share Our Strength, Voice of America, MyMCMedia, WDVM, and Green Door Gourmet. Currently, she is an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, where she served as a cookbook tester, children’s cookbook judge, and 2016 conference presenter on “Using Our Culinary Expertise for Good”.

Lindsey is an Adoption Speaker, and Licensed Episcopal Preacher, with a B.A. in Social Work, and a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition. She shares the kitchen with her husband and Australian Shepherd in Springfield, Virginia.

Get in touch with Lindsey: Email | LinkedIn

About Jenna Umbriac

Jenna Umbriac, Manna Food Center

 Jenna Umbriac is a registered dietitian and Director of Programs and Policies at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, MD. At Manna, Jenna directs the weekend food assistance program, Smart Sacks, nutrition education programming, and designs policies to ensure Manna is providing a safe and healthful food supplement.  She also works to provide regionally produced and nutritious food to Manna’s participants through donor education and partnerships with local farms and farm markets.
In addition to her work at Manna, Jenna serves as co-chair of the Montgomery County Food Council’s Food Recovery and Access working group.
Jenna has an M.S. in nutrition from Bastyr University and a B.S. in biology from Loyola University Maryland.   

Get in touch with Jenna: Email

About Manna Food Center

Manna Food Center strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County, Maryland, through food distribution, education, and advocacy. Manna shares fresh produce and shelf stable food with around 33,000 neighbors each year. Manna’s vision is that our community is a place where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County, Maryland, a place where all live in dignity.

Learn more about Manna Food Center: Website | Blog

Follow the adventures of Manny the Mobile Kitchen by following Manna Food Center on social media: #mannythemobilekitchen

Our Conversation

Two years ago I joined the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and through that I have met some awesome people – one of whom is Lindsey Seegers, the program manager for nutrition education at Manna.

The first time we met, she took me on a tour of the warehouse at Manna and showed me how they do things. I was so intrigued… This tour happened before I started this podcast, but as soon as I started the show, I immediately thought Lindsey would be a great person to have on. While I was there visiting, I also attended one of Lindsey’s “Eating Healthy on a Budget” classes in a Giant supermarket. So much of our conversation stuck with me and I knew she’d be great to have on.

In our wide reaching conversation, we discuss:

  • Nutrition: Manna’s point of view
  • How Manna is making a difference
  • How Manna stands out from other food bank operations
  • Food Security/Insecurity
  • Food Waste and Waste Prevention
  • The differences between food banks and food pantries
  • Cooking (especially with limited resources)
  • Food Education
  • Importance of Food-Based Nutrition on Personal Health
  • Food Labeling and Branding
  • Food Deserts
  • Composting
  • Making Smart Food Donations
  • Hunger – and why it’s a problem
  • And so much more!

Photos!

While I visited Manna for the interview, I captured some photos to give a little more of a visual of what is going on over there

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