When Charmonix Kinimaka describes how customers at a farmer’s market light up at the sight of beautiful food, she herself breaks into a huge smile.
“I see these people when they see our big, beautiful display of food and they just light up. Something in them is so happy to just see good food,” she says. “I believe there is a deep yearning inside people for good food.”
Kinimaka, Good Food for Good People’s Love Market manager, is working to remove barriers between good, healthy food and the people who need it for their own well-being.
As a physician with an interest in nutrition and prevention, she not only oversees Good Food’s new community store, but works to combat health problems with a comprehensive approach to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Good Food for Good People is now a non-profit and working to further its mission of getting healthy, affordable, local and organic food into the hands of Nashvillians who need it most. Kinimaka is working to offer that food to all customers as well as empower them to see food as medicine.
The job came at just the right time for Kinimaka, a physician with a background in surgery. As she trained to be a surgeon she realized her real interests and passions are nutrition, prevention and health education. She is working to integrate her medical training and her beliefs about nutrition, lifestyle and emotional and spiritual health.
“This is like a dream to have this job,” she says. “I think the biggest obstacle to health is education. People know they should eat healthy, but sometimes they don’t know how to cook it or access it. Making good food and education accessible to everyone is a huge part of helping people be healthier.”