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Food & Health Network is a program of Rural Health Network of South Central NY

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Utilizing Food as Medicine

Over 150 stakeholders from across NY and PA gathered in Binghamton on November 6th for the Food as Medicine Summit! Throughout the day attendees learned about innovative programs, policies, research, and coalitions advancing food as medicine in South Central NY, the Northeast, and nationally. Attendees were eager to continue the conversations and identify opportunities to move the work forward. We will be following up with resources in the near future and encourage you to contact if you'd like to get involved.

Here are a few examples of the impacts shared by participants: 

"The summit was really inspirational and well done, thank you for putting it together. I’m leaving here feeling like I have a better understanding of programs and possible collaborations."

Others cited interest in "meeting a diversity of potential collaborators," in brainstorming "ideas for implementation of programs for low-income/marginalized people," and in exploring "different options for meal delivery programs." 

A very big thank you to our event sponsors, HealtheConnections and Care Compass Network, for their support, and to event partners Food Bank of the Southern Tier and VINES. 

Click the button below to learn more about the Food as Medicine Summit from our blog, Food for Thought!

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News from the Food and Health Network Team

The Food and Health Network team is growing, as we welcome Hannah Taggart, Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) VISTA member! Hannah’s role with the Food and Health Network will support communications, resource development, program development and participant engagement, and data collection for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. She will also work on expanding education and transportation programs for participants.

To find out more about Hannah's background and goals, visit our blog, Food for Thought, by clicking the button below!
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Developing Community Food Systems

Last month, Food and Health Network's Tom Lewis attended a training for Volunteer Generation Fund! Here's a quick message on his experience: 

One of my main roles as Community Food Coordinator is to provide capacity building and technical assistance to partner organizations throughout our service area. Much of this work is funded through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF), a unique grant program that provides resources focused on eliminating the root causes of hunger. We were fortunate to be one of the 11 recipients of the previous round of funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The VGF program enabled us to expand our Community Food Program and provide project management, technical assistance, volunteer recruitment and management, and communications support for 15 community food projects in 5 counties. 
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Growing Farm to School

Nicole Kaczmarczyk, a Farm to School AmeriCorps member at FaHN, visited St. Anthony's in Endicott to teach students how to prepare a healthy Baked Apple Parfait! To learn more about the visit and see more pictures, the button below will take you to our Food for Thought blog! 
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News from Our Network

Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben is hiring for SNAP-Ed Senior Nutritionist Regional Supervisor! You can find more information about this position by clicking the button below.
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, in Binghamton, is seeking motivated people to work and serve with their organization! Staff openings include a full-time Community Garden Manager and a part-time Program Assistant. AmeriCorps openings include Urban Farm and Youth Program Assistant, Farm Share Program Assistant and Education Outreach Assistant. 
The Groundswell Center in Ithaca, NY is hiring for the position of Farm Education Program Manager. You can find more information regarding this opportunity by clicking the button below, which will take you to our blog!
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Open Grant Opportunities

USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Application deadline: December 13, 2019.
Learn more here.

Youth Garden Grant
Application deadline: December 16, 2019.
Learn more here.

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
Application deadline: December 31, 2019. Learn more here. 

Community Food Projects Technical Assistance
Application deadline: ongoing.
Learn more here.

National School Lunch Afterschool Snack Program
Application deadline: ongoing. Learn more here.

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