StudioTulsa Medical Monday: A Discussion with Katie Plohocky
On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we chat once again with Katie Plohocky, the founder and director of Tulsa's Healthy Community Store Initiative. This initiative is an umbrella for several programs that Plohocky runs, all of them focused on healthy eating, healthy living, and healthy communities -- these programs include R&G Grocers (Tulsa's mobile grocery store), Cooking for Health (a program that brings farm-fresh food and nutrition to at-risk populations), and a farm-to-table catering operation. She's also the mastermind behind the annual Oklahoma Food Security Summit, which took place last month at the Tulsa Community College campus in North Tulsa. At this summit, Plohocky gave an address about her recently-created program called Hands 2 Harvest. This program, as we learn, is focused on gleaning, which means, basically, both collecting and redistributing excess produce from area farms, gardens, farmers' markets, grocers, restaurants, etc. Plohocky herself gleans from a number of local sites that aren't able to use or harvest all that they have grown or cultivated. As she tells us on today's show, she routinely enlists the aid of volunteers to execute this community-assisting, recycling-minded, waste-decreasing, health-enriching, all-important work.