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Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio Joins Joel Berg to Advocate for “Good Food, Good Jobs” Initiative

May 12, 2010

Across the U.S., 49 million Americans can’t afford enough to eat. About 15 million are out of work, and about 63 percent are overweight or obese.

Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, has a plan to fix all three problems.

Mr. Berg wants the Obama administration to create a “Good Food, Good Jobs” initiative that would generate new jobs at places like grocery stores and farmers markets in low-income areas, while making nutritious foods available and affordable to the poor.

“Our hunger, malnutrition, obesity and poverty problems are closely linked. Low-income areas across America that lack access to nutritious foods at affordable prices tend to be the same communities and neighborhoods that, even in better economic times, lack sufficient living-wage employment,” Mr. Berg said while promoting his report, “Good Food, Good Jobs: Turning Food Deserts Into Job Oases,” during an event at the Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market Wednesday evening. “The federal initiative would bolster employment, foster economic growth, fight hunger, cut obesity, improve nutrition and reduce spending on diet-related health problems.”

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Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio appeared on the George Washington University campus Wednesday afternoon to promote good food and good jobs. Colicchio is most famous for his role as head judge in Bravo’s Top Chef series, now filming right here in Washington, D.C.

The event was held by the Progressive Policy Institute as part of its call for a “Good Food, Good Jobs” initiative. By promoting and expanding community food projects such as urban farms and CSAs, neighborhood food processing activities, and urban farm fishing (grow tilapia in vacant warehouses!), the government can promote good nutrition, affordability and availability of fresh foods, as well as jobs in areas with few healthy food options and high rates of unemployment, according to PPI and Joel Berg, author of PPI’s report.

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  1. September 2, 2010 12:51 am

    Powerful information, thank you for what you are doing for the least in our world

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