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Filling the low-income plate: How Wholesome Wave is shaking up preventative health and the future of food security
Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM PDT - 11:00:00 AM PDT
What would happen if lack of funds wasn’t a barrier to accessing fresh fruit and vegetables? Access to healthy food directly correlates to health — and a lack of it prevents low-income communities from managing diet-related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Where can we focus our interventions to have the most impact? 

US-based Wholesome Wave is not only making a case to prevent diet-related diseases before they start, they’re putting into practice an innovative model that has shown measurable results and have recently received significant funds to scale up. By working across sectors with doctors, farmers, and policymakers, their programs marry food education and subsidized healthy food access in ways that are seeing promising improvements in both health and local food systems downstream.

In this one-hour webinar, we’ll look at how Wholesome Wave is getting good food into the hands of vulnerable communities — from prescriptions for fruit and vegetables and matching incentives at farmers markets to a national network that offers grants and training for programs offering subsidized healthy food access. 

Michel Nischan, award-winning chef and CEO of Wholesome Wave joins us to share his recipe for addressing diet-related chronic disease at the root, with measurable benefits to people’s health. CFCC’s Chief Operating Officer, Kathryn Scharf, will moderate the conversation.


Michel Nischan
Wholesome Wave founder and CEO Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard award-winning chef with over 30 years of leadership advocating for a more sustainable food system. In addition to founding the former Dressing Room Restaurant with the late actor Paul Newman, he is also Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network. In 2015, Nischan was honored as the James Beard Awards’ Humanitarian of the Year.

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