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Marydale DeBor, JD

Founder/Managing Director, Fresh Advantage™


Marydale founded Fresh Advantage LLC after 25 years experience in health care administration and philanthropy, where she recognized the urgent need to revolutionize traditional institutional food service. Her goal is to place nutritious, wholesome, and tasty food at the center of medical care and disease prevention, as well as workplace wellness and health promotion.


She created Food is Primary Care™ for the company tag line to emphasize the profound impact that a diet of fresh, nutritious, and affordable food produced by sustainable methods plays in creating and maintaining individual and population health.


Marydale’s wide-ranging experience includes building long-standing relationships with local, state, and federal officials and forming partnerships with community-based organizations. She has a national reputation for assisting hospitals and other health care institutions to transform their food service programs. She also consults with philanthropic organizations that support food system change.


She is skilled in strategic planning and program development, procurement, and supply chain innovation through tapping local and regional food systems. She and her project teams work extensively with everyone engaged in creating health-driven food service: large and small food service management companies and food distributors; medical, nutrition, and public health professionals; farmers; and most importantly, patients and consumers.


Marydale is a lecturer in the School of Medicine at Yale University where she teaches medical and nursing students and doctoral candidates in psychology.  She regularly lectures at national conferences on “Hunger as a Health Issue” and “Food as Medicine”.

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