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Mayor's Office to Honor the Winners of the 2014 Cambridge Food Hero Awards

Celebration to Coincide with National Food Day

Cambridge, MA – Today, Mayor David Maher and the Cambridge Food Heroes Committee announced the winners of the 2014 Cambridge Food Hero Awards. Nominations were open to individuals and institutions that help provide a lasting and significant influence on a fair, healthy and sustainable food culture in Cambridge.  Given as part of the nationwide celebration of Food Day (October 24th), Mayor Maher will present the awards at a 5 PM reception at Cambridge City Hall on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.                                                                                                      

“While the fight against food insecurity will never end, these awards reflect the steadfast commitment of just a few of the incredible individuals we have working in our city to help bring balanced, nutritious meals to a wide variety of populations,” said Mayor Maher. “Our 2014 Food Heroes represent the best that Cambridge has to offer. By promoting high-impact nutrition programs and building strategic partnerships to bring healthy food to those in need, our Food Heroes have provided the type of leadership and service to others that makes their work, as well our community, exceptional.”

The 2014 Cambridge Food Heroes are:

  • Ana Sortun and Chris Kurth (Oleana Restaurant, Sarma Restaurant and Siena Farms)

Throughout her culinary career, Ana Sortun has demonstrated a strong commitment to local fresh produce and high quality artisan ingredients. Her husband, Chris Kurth, owns a farm in the Sudbury River Valley, just outside Boston.  Siena Farms provides Sortun’s restaurants with most of its fresh produce and is named after the couple’s daughter.  In 2014, Siena Farms and Chef Sortun collaborated on a Kids’ Share - a weekly CSA box-share of vegetables, activities and kitchen gear designed to inspire kids to enjoy cooking healthy foods.

  • Ginny Rall Chomitz (Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Tufts University School of Medicine)

She has 20-plus years of experience in community and school-based action research in obesity prevention, healthy eating and physical activity promotion.   While at the Institute for Community Health, Ginny coordinated the Healthy Children Task Force in Cambridge, which developed the 5-2-1 campaign and laid the groundwork for food service, farm to school, and Physical Education reform in the Cambridge Public Schools.  Her research with Cambridge community partners investigated relationships between physical fitness, weight status, and academic achievement, and the determinants of disparities in excess weight experienced by Black and African American youth. Other research has included investigation on Vitamin D supplementation, reducing sugary beverage consumption, and obesity-prevention in pediatric dental settings. 

  • Kim Motylewski (Founder of the Cambridge Winter Farmer’s Market at the Cambridge Community Center)

Kim Motylewski has worked at the Cambridge Community Center since the fall of 2011 when she was hired to launch and manage the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market. Though conceived by others, Kim was the market’s midwife that first year, and with her trusty colleague, Amelia Joselow, has nurtured and grown the event over the past three winter seasons: recruiting farmers and food entrepreneurs who now number two dozen weekly, and three dozen overall; lining up complementary activities and musicians for market days, generating awareness of the market citywide, managing logistics, and ensuring affordability for lower income shoppers. Kim is a graduate of Vassar College, the mother of 2 and wife of 1. She has lived in Cambridge since 1988.

  • David Waters (CEO of Community Servings)

David has been involved with Community Servings as a board member, volunteer and staff person since its founding twenty-four years ago and became the Executive Director/CEO in 1999.  With a staff of 45, the agency delivers medically appropriate meals to 1500 critically ill individuals and families per year across 215 square miles, having delivered 5.6 million free meals over 24 years. 

  • Kathy Mitchell and Carla Grajeda (Cambridge Department of Human Services – Summer Food Program)

Kathy Mitchell, Program Director and Carla Grajeda, Program Coordinator of the Cambridge Department of Human Services Programs, Summer Food Program. The Summer Food Program operates at 15 closed sites and 5 open sites every summer and provides nutritious meals 5 days a week for children whose main source of nutrition is the school cafeteria. Kathy and Carla work tirelessly and collaboratively with other city agencies to increase Cambridge's participation rate, so that more kids have access to fresh healthy nutritious meals all summer.

In 2010, in collaboration with the Cambridge Recreation department they incorporated the "Let’s Move" initiative with the Summer Food Program and daily attendance went up significantly. This past summer they collaborated with the Agenda for Children and the Cambridge Book Bike to introduce a literacy initiative to three of the open sites and were able to increase participation rates in all three locations. 

  • Carolyn Mugar (Executive Director of farmaid.org)

Carolyn has led Farm Aid as the Executive Director and made its mission part of her life’s work to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. When Willie Nelson asked her to help distribute the funds raised from the first concert in 1985, she began to travel all around the country to visit the families who were being pushed off their land. She says she had always wondered what held the two coasts together, and that she learned a bit about that while visiting farm families at their kitchen tables.  Farm Aid funds innovative projects and grassroots organizations that work to keep farmers on their land and is a leader in the sustainable farming and good food movement. Carolyn loves to cook and visit farms in the United States and around the world.

  • Sue Rosenkrantz (Founder of “Cooking Night” at Fresh Pond Apartments)

 Through Vineyard Community Offerings, the “Good Neighbors” arm of the Greater Boston Vineyard Church, Sue has volunteered with the children and families at the Fresh Pond Apartments in several programs.  In September 2013, she initiated the Cooking Nights program, where she and her volunteers lead third-through-seventh graders in cooking and baking activities (which include reading, math and public speaking; don’t tell the kids!). 

 Nominations for Food Heroes were solicited from the public, and submissions covered a diverse range of impressive organizations and individuals who live or work in Cambridge. Nominations included those working in food justice, chefs, food rescue organizations, doctors and others.

 Mayor Maher also announced that the 2014 Food Hero Honorable Mentions will go to:

Mellissa Honeywood, CPSD Food Services Director

Sasha Purpura and Kelly Worrall, Food for Free

Randi Mail and Meryl Brott, Cambridge Department of Public Works

Karen Meehan, Salvation Army

Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina, MIT Sloan School and creators of “Spoiler Alert” a food rescue app

Food Corps

Koko Mouradian, Luigi’s Market (part of the Cambridge Healthy Markets program)

Claire Davies, Whole Foods Market Fresh Pond 

Elizabeth Espen, Hearty Meals for All

Reverend Leslie Sterling and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

Voula Manousos, R.D. Cambridge Hospital

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House Pantry 

For additional information, please contact Jefferson Smith, Chief of Staff to Mayor David Maher, at 617-349-4325 or email jsmith@cambridgema.gov.

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Mayor’s Office Accepting Nominations for Annual Food Heroes Award

Cambridge to Honor Local Individuals Who Work to Improve Food Access for All

[Cambridge, MA] Mayor David Maher announced today that the Mayor’s Office will be accepting nominations for 2014 Food Hero Awards from September 18th through October 3rd, 2014. Cambridge Food Heroes will be honored at a special ceremony in the Mayor’s Office on October 23rd, in honor of the upcoming 4th Annual Food Day, a nationwide celebration of healthy, sustainably produced foods and a campaign for better food policies.

 “We want to acknowledge the people in our city committed to reducing hunger and promoting healthy food culture in our city. The work they do to nourish our communities is invaluable, and we want to continue to encourage and celebrate their efforts,” said Mayor Maher. “It is a pleasure to continue the tradition of honoring local food heroes and I want to welcome nominations from every corner of Cambridge.”

Food Heroes nominees are individuals who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that everyone in our community is nourished and cared for. Food Heroes are residents that help support local farms, gardens, or urban agriculture; those who work to reduce hunger or fight for food justice; those who support sustainable agriculture or fishing; or someone who fights for better working conditions for food or farm workers. Nominees can be educators, business owners, public employees, chefs, students or writers.

On October 23rd, Mayor Maher will be presenting awards to the selected Food Heroes and will host a celebration in City Hall for those who help to promote healthier diets or work to make healthier food more accessible to all.

 Nomination forms are available on the Mayor’s website for download at http://www.cambridgema.gov/mayor or in print at the Mayor’s Office on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Cambridge residents who know someone that fits the description of a Food Hero are encouraged to submit a nomination. The committee will choose from submissions and the food heroes will be honored at a special ceremony on October 23rd. Nominations will be accepted via email at fhero@cambridgema.gov or via mail at “Food Heroes Nomination, c/o Mayor’s Office, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139”. The deadline for nominations is October 3rd, 2014.

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