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Burst of Activity: Food Council

PTRC Announces New Food Council Co-chairs and Food Systems Coordinator

Post Date:01/16/2020 2:30 PM

The Piedmont Triad Regional Council is proud to announce that Rachel Zimmer and Justin Williams-Blackwell will serve as the Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council’s (PTRFC) co-chairs. The co-chairs will provide guidance and leadership for the growth of the Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council. The PTRFC also kicked off the New Year by welcoming Jennifer Bedrosian in the role of Food Systems Coordinator.

“We are honored to have two well respected and dynamic community members serving as co-chairs of our Regional Food Council. We are also enthusiastic for the momentum and perspective that Jennifer will bring to the role of Food Systems Coordinator. We look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build an equitable and resilient food system for the Triad” said Matthew Dolge, Executive Director of the PTRC.

Food Council Co-Chair

Rachel Zimmer is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner who serves as the founder and director of the Wake Forest Mobile Health Clinic for uninsured individuals. Rachel is also an Assistant Professor within the Section of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health and serves as the co-director of the Wake Forest House Calls Program. “It is an honor to be voted as Co-Chair to a Regional Food Council that is committed to developing the regional economy and improving access to healthy local food for underserved communities in our area” said Rachel Zimmer, Co-Chair of PTRFC.


Food Council Co-ChairJustin Williams-Blackwell is the Community Impact Manager for Health and Basic Needs at United Way of Greater Greensboro. Justin also facilitates the volunteer Impact Council and leads ongoing program monitoring and support for health and basic needs strategic partners.



Food Systems CoordinatorNewly hired staff member, Jennifer Bedrosian, is a native of NC and a resident of Greensboro. Her work over the last 15 years has focused on building community and creating programs focused on supporting local food, farms, and wellness across the country. She has an undergrad degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston and has worked in diverse aspects of the food system from farming and food education to teaching cooking classes and owning her own personal chef business.