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Empty Bowls & Burrito bowls

Monte Belmonte and Lev BenEzra speak outside the Amherst Survival Center.
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Monte Belmonte and Lev BenEzra speak outside the Amherst Survival Center.

Hosts Monte Belmonte and Kaliis Smith talk with Phil Korman from CISA and with Bob Lowry from Bueno y Sano about the history of that now-iconic western Massachusetts burrito shop. They even get a DoorDash delivery and a briefing about how DoorDash is impacting the restaurants and the communities the restaurants serve.

And then, a conversation with Lev BenEzra, executive director of The Amherst Survival Center about the upcoming Empty Bowls Dinner and about how a cut in pandemic-era SNAP benefits is affecting the greater Amherst community.

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.