Minimize food insecurity by making healthy food more accessible: provide fresh, locally-sourced produce to community members on a weekly basis, at no cost.
Support community centers: work closely with Community Health Workers to understand the specific nutritional and cultural needs of each distinct community.
Provide education on (1) the health benefits of a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based (WFPB) diet, and (2) how to cook culturally-relevant, healthy meals. Nutrition education will be incorporated into weekly recipes and our produce that is distributed. Moreover, we would like to provide outreach for other community resources that are available. For example, we will include local food pantry hour schedules and information about UW Extension FoodWIse's more extensive nutrition education classes, such as the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
Who are the Community Health Volunteers of Madison (CHVM)?
CHVM is a UW-Madison student organization with a mission of promoting awareness of the health disparities that affect the greater Madison area, understanding the medical, social, political, and economic determinants of health, and working with underserved populations with the goal of improving health outcomes.
CHVM and the Grow Program recognize the importance of healthy nutrition in preventing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and cancer.
The Grow Program would like to incorporate nutrition education materials into its produce distributions and offer healthy recipes that provide community members ways to incorporate healthy eating into their lifestyle.
Our goal is to be a nutrition program where we supply produce for communities and community centers that address both food insecurity and nutrition education. We also envision a future where community centers work closely with resources in the community to improve health outcomes, using food as medicine.
The Let’s Talk Food programs (Whole Cities Foundation): https://www.wholecitiesfoundation.org/what-we-do/lets-talk-food
Access to healthy food: https://www.wholecitiesfoundation.org/what-we-do/Access-to-Healthy-Food
Food is a right, not a privilege: https://hffadane.org/food-is-a-right-not-a-privilege/