INSIDE THE FLX: Food scarcity, community unity focus of effort from GRHF & STEPS (podcast)

A coalition of organizations are coming together to generate positive change in some of the most-challenged communities in the Finger Lakes.

The Greater Rochester Health Foundation, along with Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions – also known as ‘STEPS’, as well as the Lodi ‘Food for All’ Food Pantry are helping educate and build community in communities hit hardest by poverty and food scarcity.

Dr. Deborah Puntenney, Theresa Lahr, and Karel Titus – who all serve an important role in the overall effort were recently in-studio – discussing the work, and progress made since the effort launched.


Puntenney is an asset based community development expert for the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. She’s also a retired professor from Northwestern University.

Lahr serves as project coordinator for STEPS, and leads networking efforts among the three organizations to connect people with potential projects in South Seneca.

Titus is a resident workgroup leader for STEPS and serves as pantry director for the Lodi ‘Food for All’ Food Pantry, which operates weekly in the village of Lodi.

Listen to the trio discuss efforts and success stories – while addressing the fundamental question: How do we bring health, wellness, and education to rural parts of the Finger Lakes?

Reporting in this story by News Director Josh Durso. He hosts #InsideTheFLX on FingerLakes1.TV and FL1 Radio. Email tips and leads to [email protected].

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