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Child Hunger Awareness Week

The 5th annual Child Hunger Awareness Week will be taking place in Broome and Tioga Counties from June 5th-9th. The week will begin with press conferences in Broome and Tioga Counties to spread awareness of summertime childhood hunger and available resources through the Summer Food Service Program.

Broome County Press Conference: 
When: Monday, June 5th, 11:00am
Where: Catholic Charities Food Pantry, 100 Main Street, Binghamton, NY

Tioga County Press Conference:
When: Monday, June 5th, 2:00pm
Where: Tioga Opportunities, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, NY

Check out these other local events to learn more!

Join the Broome County Child Hunger Task Force for a film screening of "A Place at the Table". The screening will be followed by a post-film discussion. 

When: Monday, June 5th, 6:00pm 
Where: Lost Dog Cafe, 222 Water St., Binghamton, NY

Take action for Child Hunger Awareness Week! Help pack summer lunch boxes and Christmas in July packs for children in Broome County. RSVP by clicking here. 

Friday, June 9th, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: CHOW, 3 Otseningo St., Binghamton, NY

FVRx Program Coming to SCNY

This summer, the Food & Health Network is launching a pilot Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in Broome County. Through Innovation Funds awarded by Care Compass Network, this new program allows clinicians at participating sites to write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables that can be spent at certain local food retail sites. The prescriptions are accompanied by nutrition counseling, cooking classes, chronic disease self-management classes, and other community supports.
Research shows that food insecurity is a robust predictor of healthcare utilization and higher expenses. These higher expenses leave patients with fewer resources to purchase food and reduce their ability to manage chronic conditions, resulting in negative health outcomes. 

The South Central NY FVRx program is a strategy to address these serious issues through nutrition-based preventative health care, based on a nationally recognized, evidence based program pioneered by Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit and partner on this project. 
Stay tuned for more information! 
Christian, FaHN Program Coordinator, slices cucumbers in preparation for a taste test at Vestal Middle School on May 30th.
Students at Vestal High School participated in a Mediterranean salad taste test on June 1st. Over 90% of students who participated voted yes!

Farm to School News

Tioga School District is currently undertaking an exciting project to create the Tiger Farm School Garden! Their vision is the creation of a living learning lab where students can apply classroom lessons and learn where food comes from. They are currently in the process of planting 700 pounds of seed potatoes, and will also be looking to plant corn in the fall. If you are interested in getting involved contact Nancy Eckstrom at Check out their Facebook page by clicking here.

Farm to School Webinars: 
How to Bring Farm Fresh into Schools with New USDA Meal Pattern Recipes: Recording
The Chef Ann Foundation launched fifty new, tried-and-true, farm-to-school recipes to bring farm fresh meals to your students. This webinar features new recipes and menu cycles, and discusses how they credit toward the school and child care meal patterns.  Watch the recording here.

Food Policy Alert

From the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: On Tuesday, May 23, President Trump released his budget proposal that contains many extreme cuts that would drastically increase food insecurity in the Southern Tier, including:
  • $193 billion from SNAP
  • $32 million from TEFAP
  • $40 billion from Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit
The budget also proposes to eliminate the following programs: WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, School Meal Equipment Grants, LIHEAP, CDBG, CSBG, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and the AmeriCorps program.

Please call your Senators and your Congressperson today!
Dial Feeding America’s toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from. Let them know you are calling about the budget and deliver this important message:

“As your constituent and supporter of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, I am calling you today to tell you that I am opposed to the harmful cuts proposed in the President's budget. Rather than shredding the social safety net, we should be strengthening it so that everyone in our society has the opportunity to thrive. The President's budget would cut $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years, among other crucial safety net programs. Please find a more responsible way to balance the budget.”
June 6, 2017 
Tuesday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commercial Kitchen Open House
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY. Learn more.
June 14, 2017
Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bees in the Trees: The Woody Perennials That Support Wild Pollinators
Groundswell Incubator Farm at EcoVillage, Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY Register here.
June 14, 2017
Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grow Your Own Mushrooms
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County, Chemung County Fairgrounds Horseheads, NY. Register here.
June 24, 2017
Saturday, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Compost w/ Confidence
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca Community Gardens, Ithaca, NY. Learn more.
Save the Date!
Closing the Hunger Gap 2017: From Charity to Solidarity
September 11-13, 2017

Hosted by Northwest Harvest & CTHG National Network, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma Washington. Learn more.
Chef Ann Foundation 
Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools: Applications ongoing and based on available funding. Learn more here.

Whole Kids Foundation
Multiple Grants: Rolling deadlines. Learn more here.

USDA Agriculture & Food Research Initiative
Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative: Application deadline June 28. 2017. Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Application deadline June 30, 2017. Learn more here.

Northeast SARE   
Research & Education Grants: Applications due by July 6, 2017. Learn more here. 

Community Foundation for South Central New York
Small grants: Application deadline July 15, 2017. Learn more here. 

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Diane Crews
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Katelyn Gascon
Matthew Griffin
Dick & Nancy Kuehnemund
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak

Charles & Mary Place
Maggie Reeger
Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Lourdes Hospital
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Vestal United Methodist Church
Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department 
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
Chenango Health Network
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Family Enrichment Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition 
Tioga County Hunger Coalition
Tioga Opportunities
United Health Services (UHS)

VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Christine Day
Ann Denniston 
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kathleen Horner
Kevin Millar
Diane O'Hora
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website

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