United in Action episodes will explore topics related to UN and Tzu Chi missions, shedding light on inequity and action.


Join us for our episode on Tuesday, December 27th, as we dig deep with Kelly Moltzen, public health advocate and food and faith coalition member.

TUESDAY,  December 27th, 2022 
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About “United in Action”

Filmed at Tzu Chi Center and in collaboration with the Tzu Chi Global Affairs Team, United in Action is an in-depth conversation between our host, Steve Chiu, and representatives from the United Nations community. 

For 30 minutes, we deep dive into topics included in Agenda 2030 from gender equality to climate action with two topic experts. Together they will explore topics aligned with Tzu Chi and the UN 2022 mission to: 

  • Improve lives and transform communities by eradicating poverty
  • Promote development
  • Uphold human rights

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Episode 9

Transforming Food Systems Through Faith Communities

Food is at the heart of all of our lives, which is why it’s important that we all have quality food. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone. Food insecurity, food deserts, and a lack of food sovereignty impact millions in the US alone. 

On this episode of United in Action, Host Steve Chiu travels to Boston during the annual Planetary Health Alliance meeting to speak with Kelly Moltzen on the unique power of faith communities to transform food systems. They’ll examine food justice in action, showing us the concrete actions that can be taken to ensure healthy and sustainable food for all. 

Join us for our episode on Tuesday, December 27th, as we dig deep with Kelly Moltzen, public health advocate and food and faith coalition member.

About Our Speaker

Kelly Moltzen

Kelly Moltzen is a secular Franciscan, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist working in public health, and tireless advocate of making connections between food, faith, and social justice. In addition to being a program manager for the Institute For Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH initiative, where she has worked since 2010, she is a co-convener of the Interfaith Public Health Network. She is also a Professional Development Co-Chair with the Religion Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she is a member of the Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee of the USA Secular Franciscan Order.

Kelly was a 2015 Re: Generate Fellow with the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program of Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity. She received her Master’s of Public Health Degree from New York University and her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics from the University of Delaware. Kelly was recognized as part of Hunter College’s NYC Food Policy Center 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 and has also been privileged to be on the steering committee of the Center for Earth Ethics’ Faith + Food Coalition, which formed in early 2021 leading up to the UN Food Systems Summit.

Sarah Chu

In developing global partnership and managing humanitarian projects, Sarah Yu-Chia Chu focuses on helping people in need where disaster and emergency occur as senior project specialist in the Global Partnership Affairs Department (GPAD) of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Charity Foundation. Working closely with executives and the Board of Directors, she and her team respond to four interconnected challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic and the human rights it has imperiled; climate change; conflict and humanitarian crises; and faith community backsliding.  

Dallas Conyers

Rev. Dallas Conyers is a community health activist. Her work is centered in helping people be able to live out their creation purpose, with a healthy body, in a healthy environment. 

She leads intersectional conversations, workshops and panels on topics that include the intersection of Health, Faith, Environment, Justice, Climate,Equity, and Racism.

About Our Host

Steve Chiu is Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s Representative at the United Nations. In alignment with Tzu Chi’s work across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Steve works to build relationships, share best practices and develop programs with other organizations to make tangible impacts on the ground, with the mission of alleviating the suffering of those in need. With over 23 years of experience in community-based development and local interfaith partnership, Steve seeks to connect the importance of grassroots action to policies that are being developed on the international level.

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