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Best New Public Servant

Food Policy Director Holly Freishtat

OK, so maybe Baltimore native Holly Freishtat hasn't been the city's food czar long enough to earn any prizes. (The position was created and filled in May, with nonprofit funding.) But as one of the few cities in the country with a paid food policy director, Baltimore deserves a shout-out. Freishtat's unenviable task is to improve both demand for and access to healthy foods in a city with multiple "food deserts" and 30 percent more obese residents than the national average. It's a tall order, particularly with no budget. But the presence of a sustainable food expert in the city's Planning Department is a step in the right direction.

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