Cheryl Kollin is the founding principal of Full Plate Ventures, a consulting business that leverages the symbiotic relationship between business and social mission. She works with entrepreneurs, new businesses, and non-profits creating social enterprises that address interconnected issues of local food systems, environmental sustainability, and economic development.
In 2012 she launched Farm to Freezer in partnership with Bethesda Cares, to address surplus fresh produce, hunger, and food waste. This social enterprise preserves donated fresh, local food at its peak ripeness; provides healthier food for Bethesda Cares’ homeless client meals; supports local farmers; reduces food waste; provides community service opportunities; and raises local awareness about homelessness, nutrition, and locally-grown food. Farm to Freezer is recognized by Foodshed Magazine and Cheryl is featured as Green Gaithersburg’s environmentalist of the month.
Cheryl is a founding member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Food Council and co-chairs the Food Access Working Group, currently developing an interactive countywide foodshed map. Cheryl loves to cook and won the 2012 local Iron Chef Contest fundraiser; she will defend her title in 2013.