Local Food Makes Sense
Farm to Hospital Catalyst
Marla joined the BNMC team in September 2019 as our Farm to Institution Catalyst, working to implement the grant funded USDA Local Food Promotion Program: Farm to Hospital Initiative. With this initiative, she aims to enhance food chain transparency from farmers to distributors to institution while increasing awareness and knowledge among consumers of local food procurement efforts. With years of experience in working for nonprofits and managing a local restaurant, Marla has a deep understanding of the food system and is dedicated to helping people and communities by providing more access to good, affordable food. Prior to the BNMC, Marla worked on the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara as the Smart New York Nutrition Educator and then as Community Coordinator. Before her career in the nonprofit world, she opened and operated Shango Bistro in Buffalo, NY. Marla has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Allegheny College and a Bachelor of Science from the Dietitian Education Program at SUNY Buffalo State College. In her spare time, she enjoys art, music, reading, skiing and being on the water.
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