This week on Eating Matters, host Kim Kessler is talking with Gus Schumacher, Vice President and Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave. Wholesome Wave is a national nonprofit that is helping to reshape the American food system by putting entrepreneurial, innovative thinking to work. The organization partners with farmers and farmers markets, community leaders, healthcare providers, like-minded nonprofits and government entities to implement programs that increase affordable access to healthy, locally grown fruit and vegetables for consumers in underserved communities. Gus discusses how the organization began, their mission, highlights from their work, as well as the change they hope to see come about concerning hunger and agricultural issues in the future. This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“I think with the data that we’ve seen so far doctors are very enthused about the program [Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program]. They now have something to say to a family, not just to hand them medicine to help reduce diabetes but they have a fruit and vegetable prescription for the family as a unit.” [25:00]
“With 10 to 13 million Americans now insured through the Healthcare Act, that hospitals are now turning to wellness and prevention.” [29:00]
—Gus Schumacher on Eating Matters