Wholesome Wave inspires underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local and regional food. Wholesome Wave began the double-up movement that encourages consumers to spend their federal nutrition benefits (SNAP, WIC, etc.) at farmers markets by matching those benefits when spent on produce. Wholesome Wave now facilitates the National Nutrition Incentive Network: a network of over 730 farmers markets, retail sites, and healthcare institutions incentivizing consumption of healthful produce across 38 states and counting. Wholesome Wave has also piloted important innovations in nutrition incentive programs, including the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program & retail incentives, and is now rolling out best practices to the network on these innovations. In 2014, Wholesome Wave and GW entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to recognize and facilitate a partnership that spans research and data analysis to curriculum development and service learning opportunities for students.
DC Greens partners with a variety of organizations to improve food education, food access, and food policy. Some core programs include work on the DC Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, Cooking Corps, and the DC Produce Plus Program. In partnership with DC Greens, GW faculty and students have been involved in hands-on food and gardening education and have provided assistance with data analysis to help understand and calibrate nutrition interventions.
DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. The organization prepares nutritious meals for 80 nearby nonprofit partners and 11 District schools, trains unemployed adults for culinary careers, and helps rebuild urban food systems through social enterprise. CEO Michael Curtin, Jr. is a frequent speaker on the GW campus and CFO Glenda Cognevich is a MBA graduate of the GW Business School. Students volunteer at DC Central Kitchen and partner with the organization on research. For example, in 2013, a team of MBA candidates developed a return on investment formula to help evaluate the economic impact of DC Central Kitchen’s various programs.
The mission of Miriam’s Kitchen is to end chronic homelessness in Washington DC. Located adjacent to the GW campus, Miriam’s Kitchen provides homeless people with high quality nutritious meals year round, Monday-Friday. Food donations from community partners enable Miriam’s Kitchen to serve a 5-6 item meal for less than $1. The GW student-run GroW Garden donates fruits and vegetables weekly to Miriam’s Kitchen during the growing season. Members of the GW community volunteer at Miriam’s Kitchen on a regular basis and on special service days.
The beekeeping and bee research team of the Biological Sciences Department at The George Washington University recognizes Founding Farmers Restaurant for offering the Founding Farmers Bees Fellowship to two research students at GWU. This fellowship is awarded for the purpose of supporting full-time study (primarily through participation in scientific research) at The George Washington University. In working with Founding Farmers, we strive to create a sustainable and educational environment for all.
Beginning in 2011, José Andrés, an innovative advocate of food education and Special Adviser on food issues to GW’s President Steven Knapp, and Diane Robinson Knapp, the chair of George Washington University’s Urban Food Task Force, have worked with the School Without Walls faculty to create a high school curriculum that uses food-related examples in the teaching of traditional academic subjects. Called the Integrated Food Project, the aim is to inform students about food and health while at the same time stimulating their interest in the subjects presented. The School Without Walls is a DC public magnet high school for grades 9-12 located on the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom Campus since 1971. Learn more about the School Without Walls here.
The Urban Food Task Force in coordination with the GW Healing Clinic of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will provide a seasonal produce giveaway for families and individuals in need, a cooking demonstration, and health screenings at the Deanwood Recreational Center in partnership with the DC Ward 7 Councilman’s office.