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Two Health Department Staff Receive Food Heroes Award

October 17, 2012

The Cambridge Public Health Department's Josefine Wendel and Dawn Olcott will be honored as "Cambridge Food Heroes" by Mayor Henrietta Davis. 

In celebration of Food Day, Mayor Davis will present awards to Cambridge Food Day Heroes at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The award, to be given annually, honors Cambridge individuals and organizations that have made a lasting and significant commitment to the fair, healthy, and sustainable food culture in the city.

The 2012 Cambridge Food Heroes are: 

  • David Leslie, Executive Director of Food for Free from 2004-2012, now retired; 
  • Steve Johnson, chef-owner of Rendezvous in Central Square, one of the founders of the Chefs Collaborative and the first chef in Cambridge with a rooftop kitchen garden; 
  • Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, School Nutrition Coordinator, and Dawn Olcott, MS, School Nutritionist. Both Dawn and Josefine are based at the Cambridge Public Health Department. In addition to their work in the Cambridge Public Schools, Josefine Wendel coordinates Let’s Move Cambridge and the Cambridge Community Transformation Grant. Dawn Olcott facilitates the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council.
  • Maryellen Carvello, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager and Weight Watchers Coordinator for Cambridge City Hall; 
  • Jane Hirschi, Founding Director of City Sprouts. City Sprouts is a nonprofit organization providing sustainable schoolyard gardens and environmental education for the entire Cambridge Public School District. 
Tickets to this event cost $5.00. 
Cambridge will be celebrating Food Day with a weeklong schedule of daily public food events, culminating on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Events include cooking classes and demos, market tours with nutritionists, film screenings and panels, community potlucks, and more.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
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