The Values of Wholesome Wave
Wholesome Wave operates in accordance with a set of core values that have been a part of our culture from our earliest days. They were first introduced and consistently nurtured over the years by our Founder and current Chairman Michel Nischan.
As with most organizations, we have changed and adapted a great deal over the past two decades. Our core values have not — they have been our North Star, the rock upon which everything else is built.
Diversity has been so foundational to who we are that we never felt the need to call it out. The very reason for our existence is providing access and affordability of fruits and vegetables to underserved communities — communities that are disproportionately home to people of color and diverse ethnicities. COVID 19 has made abundantly clear something we have known for a long time — communities of color are disproportionately deprived of healthy food making them vulnerable to diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease.
Make no mistake about it. Diversity has always been an implied core value of Wholesome Wave. Now we are making it explicit. Follow with us as our talented board and team evolve over time to reflect the diversity of the community members who participate in our programs.
“We are inclusive in who we are and who we serve, in what we do and how we do it.”
Dignity and Respect
“We are defined by how we treat everyone, at all times and in all circumstances.”
“We embrace the fact that the need is great and the journey long; we work hard and with humility.”
“We are truthful, transparent, reliable and accountable.”
“We love doing what we do and we do it with great vigor.”
“We support one another and know that impact is achieved through teamwork, at home, and in the field.”
“We strive to be the best we can be to ensure the highest level of personal and professional success.”
These seven values are our DNA. They are what makes us who and what we are. We are Wholesome Wave.
The Power of Choice
When poverty and hunger strike, it’s not just about getting more food, it’s about getting the right food. Addressing food insecurity overshadows the real problem: nutrition insecurity. Nutrition insecurity leads to the diet-related conditions that are driving the highest rates of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
Wholesome Wave was built to solve nutrition insecurity.
Enables healthcare providers to prescribe the wholesome fruits and vegetables to prevent diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
People struggling with Food Insecurity often focus on addressing hunger, to the detriment of nutrition. Our Healthy Choices Initiatives provide funding for fresh fruits and vegetables to remove barriers to eating healthy.
Helps over 40 Million Americans who struggle with hunger by doubling the value of SNAP dollars when spent on fruits and vegetables!