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People's United Awards $5K To Bridgeport's Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave founder and CEO Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Foundation award-winning chef.
Wholesome Wave founder and CEO Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Foundation award-winning chef. Photo Credit: Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $5,000 to Wholesome Wave Foundation Charitable Ventures.

Wholesome Wave inspires underserved consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local and regional food. It is a partner of the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative, serving more than 2,500 low- and moderate-income Bridgeport residents.

“The Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative is providing easy to access, low-cost healthy food options, which is essential to ensuring that Bridgeport residents are getting the nutritional items they need,” said Karen Galbo, director of People’s United Community Foundation.

Wholesome Wave has joined with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, the City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, and the managers of the seven Bridgeport farmers markets that are taking place throughout the city this year.

Many Bridgeport residents lack access to healthy, affordable food in their communities, and in some neighborhoods, two-thirds of residents are food insecure.

The Farmers Markets help meet community demand for healthy food by accepting federal benefits and implementing nutrition incentive programs, which increase the value of these federal benefits when spent on healthy, fresh, locally grown food.

The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help double the value of SNAP federal nutrition benefit dollars that Bridgeport residents can use to purchase fresh produce at each of the seven Farmers Markets operating from July through October.

For more information on the seven Bridgeport Farmers Markets, including dates and locations, visit .

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. The foundation's funding priorities include affordable housing, community development, and youth development.

Wholesome Wave is a nonprofit working to make locally grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for the people who need it most. When the millions of Americans struggling with poverty eat more fruits and vegetables, we see immediate improvements for families and farmers—and enormous long-term gains for public health, local economies, and the environment. For more information, visit .

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