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News from the FaHN Team

Happy Spring! We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team Cristina Quinn who's with FaHN for her spring semester at Binghamton University. From Cristina: 

"I have been lucky enough to work with the Food and Health Network this year for my Human Development practicum through Binghamton University. In the short time that I’ve been with this amazing team, I have learned so much about health-centered programming and collaborations across organizations. FaHN’s dedication to community health and food security continues to encourage me that change is possible.

This May I will be receiving a B.S. in Human Development and a B.A. in Sociology. These degrees, along with my education minor, have further motivated me to pursue work aiming to create more sustainable, equitable communities.

Food justice is a part of nearly all of the organizations that I'm involved with. I have been working with VINES and Promise Zone since February to expand their farm share program in Whitney Point through community school outreach. I am also the Program Director for Binghamton Food Rescue, a donation-based nonprofit that rescues and redistributes surplus food at no-cost to food insecure regions of Broome County. This has given me the unique experience of being involved with multiple partner organizations that work towards the same goals. I am excited to continue my work with FaHN in the upcoming months!"

April is National Garden Month

Do you manage a local community, educational, or urban garden? If so, help us by filling out our 2016 Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Survey. The information will be used to track progress and changes, aid in outreach, and help support a regional network of community-based food producing initiatives. We hope the report can be a tool to help link volunteers/interested gardeners and support linking excess produce with food programs. View our 2015 report by clicking here. 

Looking for other ways to get involved? Visit your local Cornell Cooperative Extension website to find additional resources on gardening and to find local events. Community organizations such as VINES and Farm Catskills also offer gardening workshops and volunteer opportunities.

Click on the image below to access our National Garden Month
feature on the Ithaca Children's Garden

Image provided by the Ithaca Children's Garden

Farm to School News

Results are in for March taste tests!
Last month the farm to school team tested out new lunch recipes and sampled local snacks with K-12 students at Johnson City School District. A special thank you to Senator Fred Akshar for joining us to serve lunch and sample local apple chips, and to the incredible food service staff!

Almost 1,000 votes were cast during two days:
  • NYS Apple Chips from Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub: 86% voted yes.
  • Sweet potato tacos with cabbage, black bean and corn salad and a "brocco-mole" topping: 75% voted yes.
Check out our interview to learn more!

April Member Spotlight: Chenango United Way

Written by Elizabeth Monaco, Executive Director of Chenango United Way:

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, the Greater Chenango Cares IRT project partnered with military service members to provide no-cost medical, dental, vision and veterinary care for the greater Chenango County region (and Cortland County region in 2016). In both years, survey data was collected from patients to determine the types of health needs facing our community and the barriers to addressing these issues.  

The IRT events and the results of this survey data left our community with many unanswered questions regarding the need for future/on-going services for the un-insured and under-insured families of Chenango County and its surrounding communities. Most notably, the IRT dental clinics were full every day and perspective patients had to be turned away because there were simply not enough providers to see all of the patients in need. 4,969 dental procedures were performed at the 2015 Chenango IRT and 2,350 procedures at the 2016 Chenango IRT. More than 55% of IRT attendees surveyed stated that they did not see a dentist regularly and cited lack of dental insurance and cost as their primary barriers.

To read more about how you can get involved with the Chenango County Health Community Impact Team (HCIT) and to read the rest of the article visit our Food for Thought Blog. Read more about the Chenango United Way by visiting their website!

April 11, 2017
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Seed Starting Workshop
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, Tioga Gardens, Owego, NY.
Learn more.
April 24, 2017
Monday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

VINES 5th Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
VINES Spring Fundraiser, Remlik's Grille & Oyster Bar, 31 Lewis Street, Binghamton, NY
Purchase a ticket.
April 26, 2017
Wednesday, 12:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Volunteer Conference 
Double Tree by Hilton, Binghamton, NY
Sponsored by United Way of Broome County. Co-Sponsored by Rural Health Network and VAST. Register.
Save the Date!
Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Food System
May 11-13, 2017

Ithaca, NY. Hosted by Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, and Roots Rising Farm. Learn more.

2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference
May 17, 2017
Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY. Register.

Action for Healthy Kids
School Grants, Applications due April 7, 2017. Learn more here.

Aetna Foundation 
Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant program: Stage 1 deadline April 14, 2017. Learn more here.

United Fresh Start Foundation  
Community Grants Program: Applications due by April 20, 2017. Learn more here. 

Decker Foundation
Application deadline May 1, 2017. Learn more here.

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Small Grants: Applications due May 15, 2017. Learn more here. 

Community Foundation of Tompkins County 
Out of cycle requests, Application deadline May 17, 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 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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