Senior Director, Healthy Eating Programs
Caron Gremont is the Director of Healthy Eating at Martha’s Table, where she leads the Healthy Eating team and its’ programs, including the Joyful Food Markets, no-cost farmers market-style markets, held in elementary schools, for children and their families. The markets, which will be in all 49 elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8 by 2018, are designed to both increase access to healthy, high-quality foods as well as encourage families to eat healthy food. The innovative, nationally significant model is rooted in data and leverages partnerships with schools, local government, the non-profit sector and the private sector to create a replicable and scalable model to address food insecurity and improve health in DC and, potentially, around the country. In addition, she leads McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile food truck that rolls out 7 days a week, 365 days a year to feed the homeless and hungry at three established downtown locations. This year alone, the Healthy Eating program will provide more than 1.5 million meals to neighbors in and around DC.
Before joining Martha’s Table, she founded and ran a non-profit organization (First Bites,www.firstbites.org) that taught two-five year olds to eat a variety of fruits & vegetables, and trained early child care teachers and families on how to make eating healthy food fun.
Prior to this, she spent more than a decade working in the food and nutrition world, including many years in the private sector, as a Vice President at Porter Novelli, the global communications firm, where she was responsible for managing and implementing multi-million dollar social marketing food and nutrition campaigns for government clients, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Her clients included; the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Almond Board of California, SOYJOY and Welch’s Grape Juice.
She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, where she writes about the intersection of food and children. She has also written for or been featured on The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Live as well as local TV, including the Fox, ABC and CBS affiliates and Univision. Caron has a BA from the University of Texas – Austin and a MA in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.