Wholesome Wave Georgia Group

Wholesome Wave Georgia Group

Text by Kimber Williams.

Originally published in the Emory Report, Nov. 19, 2015

Printmaker and fiber artist Jerushia Graham worked with an Emory student team to design and create t-shirts to promote access to healthy, locally grown, fresh food options for all Georgians.

Artist Jerushia Graham (front right) poses with the t-shirts that she and Emory students created for Wholesome Wave Georgia


In Georgia, nearly 2 million people — one in five Georgians — receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps) benefits each month. Through Wholesome Wave Georgia’s “SNAP 2-for-1” program, those recipients can double the value of every SNAP dollar spent on fresh, healthy food by making those purchases at nearly 40 partner farmers markets.

“The project was basically working with these students … to design things that could be screen-printed onto t-shirts and bags to help promote the programs and services that Wholesome Wave provides,” Graham explains in a documentary film about the project.

Working with Graham, the students had a hand in virtually every step of the process, from the research and conceptualization of the products to the design and screen-printing, Mackey says.

The student team included Blake Alise Masullo, Elisabeth Sarah Cafritz, Benjamin Rogin, Peter Frederick Dickson, John David Bailey, Sara Duval and Youjean Hwang.

Blog series by Documentary Group student Peter Dickson:

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