Mobile Markets: Accessing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables on Wheels

Friday, April 28, 2017
Kathryn Brodowski MD, MPH, Christina Peretti, MA, MS, Greater Boston Food Bank, Loreto O'Connor, MPH, RD, LDN, Harbor Health Services Inc., & Josh Trautwein, Fresh Truck

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Learn about mobile initiatives helping to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Dr. Kathryn Brodowski is the Director of Public Health and Research at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). As the first to hold this position, Dr. Brodowski is responsible for creating partnerships between GBFB and local hospitals and community health centers to connect those in need with healthy food and other critical resources, bridging the gap between hunger and health. With support from GBFB’s Food Security Task Force, Brodowski translates research being done across the country into evidence-based programs to provide healthy food for those in need.

Christina Peretti, MA, MS, is the Senior Manager of Community Initiatives at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). She has served in this role since 2014. Christina’s primary responsibilities are to establish new program sites, oversee program measurement, as well as build and manage new relationships with direct service program sites, including Brown Bag and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Christina will serve as the GBFB representative to the Senior Hunger Network Advisory Council. Given her familiarity with hunger relief activities and extensive experience developing, implementing, assessing, and improving programmatic activities – she can offer a unique and valuable perspective into the barriers and best practices that will enable the Senior Hunger Network to be successful in coming years.

Loreto O’Connor is the Director of the Dorchester South/South Boston Women Infants and Children’s (WIC) Program for Harbor Health Services Inc. Before moving to the United States, Loreto worked in the Maternal Child Health field in Ireland.  In the US, she found her true passion in the WIC program and has worked for the WIC program in varying capacities for the past 21 years.

Josh is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Truck, a Boston-based non-profit that converts school buses into mobile grocery stores. Fresh Truck is out to radically impact healthcare by celebrating community food culture and getting healthy food to the families that need it most. Josh completed his degree in sociology at Northeastern University in 2010.

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