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Former restaurateur to discuss hunger at March 23 program

Published 4:31 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Michel Nischan, the former Westport chef and restaurateur who launched a nonprofit organization to provide affordable fruits and vegetables to the poor, will talk about hunger on Sunday afternoon, March 23, at the Unitarian Church in Westport.

Nischan will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during a program sponsored by the Westport-Weston Interfaith Council at the 10 Lyons Plain Road church.

His talk will be delivered as the nation's poor struggle to cope with recent cuts to federal food-assistance programs, the Interfaith Council said in a news release.

The Connecticut Food Bank on its website said those cuts will take 2.4 million meals off the tables of 70,000 low-income Connecticut families.

Mischan is the founder of Wholesome Wave, a Bridgeport-based, national organization that works to provide poor Americans access to affordable, locally grown produce. The organization works with more than 60 community-based organizations in 25 states help the needy make better food choices, according to the release.

Nischan was the chef and owner of The Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse before closing it in January. He and partner Paul Newman had opened the restaurant in 2007.