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Happy March everyone! As we emerge out of winter and prepare for the upcoming spring season the FaHN team is pleased to announce some exciting news! Jen Bertron, Community Collaborations Coordinator, for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be joining the FaHN Steering Committee. We look forward to working with Jen and know she will be a great addition to our team!

In other good news, after a successful pilot year FaHN will be expanding our Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program to reach even more participants across three counties thanks to funding through
Care Compass Network Innovation Fund awards. We're also excited to be expanding our work to support community food projects involving volunteers through another round of NYS Volunteer Generation Fund. Stay tuned for more updates on both of these programs throughout the year!  

Spring is on its way and so is March's NY Thursday menu! This month's menu features local burgers with home-grown roasted potatoes, roasted carrots and beets, and a fresh apple! Check out this month's food and farm partnerMain Street Farms, Headwater Food HubCascun Farms, & Russell Farms to learn more about the local people dedicated to farm to school in your community. Also check out the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, whose partnership continues to ensure effective transportation of our farm-to-school products!

Check out the February NY Thursday menu by clicking on the logo above! 

Farm to School Resources:

Webinar: The Business of Farm to School: Hosted by USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems and the National Young Farmers Coalition, this webinar will cover the procurement (purchasing) rules that schools follow, describe questions and talking points to discuss when selling to and building relationships with schools, and more! Register here.

Thank you Cascun Farms, Main Street Farms, Russell Farms, Headwater Food Hub, and Byrne Dairy for helping to make our February NY Thursday menu a success!  
The February NY Thursday menu included a local chicken drumstick with roasted potatoes, cabbage-apple salad, and a fresh apple.
From American Farmland Trust, New York: We have a historic opportunity to help our schools buy more fresh, local food to serve our children! Governor Cuomo has proposed to quadruple the current school meal reimbursement and double the state’s investment in Farm to School grants. Act now to urge support for #NYFood4NYKids in the State Budget!

National School Breakfast Week - March 5-9th: School breakfast fights hunger, improves nutrition, and empowers children to learn. In New York, 747,881 children participate daily in the school breakfast program. Learn more about school breakfast by visiting the Food Research and Action Center, School Nutrition Association and reading Jacqueline's story at our Food for Thought Blog about why breakfast in the classroom is important to her family! 

Call and Write Today to Prevent Another Major Funding Cut to Rural New York State Food & Health Services: If it is important to you that there continues to be a bridge between good food and better health in rural New York please contact your elected NYS officials to voice your opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts to Rural Health Network funding and 29 other prevention, healthcare workforce, and infrastructure programs. For more information, including letter templates and contact information for NYS elected officials go to:

Food Policy Resources:

Walking the Path Towards Community Ownership: Lessons from the D.C. Food System: March 9, 12-1pm 
People with lived experience of food insecurity are routinely excluded in the planning and execution of programs and policies intended to "serve" them. This webinar explores "Community In-reach" and "Community In-roads" as strategies for shifting power into the hands of people of color and low income residents, while building pathways for community ownership of food programs and policies. 
Register here.

March 13, 2018
Tuesday, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 
Emerging Opportunities for Agriculture
CCE Broome,
840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY. Register here.
March 20, 2018
Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
An Evening of Discussion on Big Hunger with Nationally Acclaimed Author Andy Fisher 
The Space at GreenStar, Ithaca, NY, See below more information by viewing the
event flyer! Register here.
March 23, 2018
Friday, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Spring into Justice: A Community Dinner and Keynote talk with Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca, NY.
Register here.

Save the Date!

Growing Health Forum: SNAP & Health in the Farm Bill 
April 11, 2018 

Food and Health Network & Food Bank of the Southern Tier 

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 25-27, 2018

National Farm to School Network, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Learn more.

New York State Health Foundation
Online inquiry form due by March 15, 2018. 
Learn more here.

United Fresh Start Foundation: Community Grants Program, Application deadline: March 30, 2018. Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Applications due by March 31, 2018. 
Learn more here.

A Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation: Full Board Committee Grants, Application deadline: April 1, 2018. Learn more here.

Action for Healthy Kids: Various grants, Applications deadline: April 6, 2018. Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Applications due by March 31, 2018. 
Learn more here.


Diane & Jerry Albrecht 
Richard Andrus
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Mark Bordeau
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Gail & Cameron Covert
Diane Crews
Jeanne Darling
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
David & Elizabeth Engle 
Katelyn Gascon
Rebecca Gennett
Matthew Griffin
Dick & Nancy Kuehnemund
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Phil & Tami Metzger
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Salvador & Susan Paradez
Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak

Maggie Reeger

Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Paul & Marianne Taylor 
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Joseph & Maureen Wilson
Victoria Zeppelin & Greg Albrecht
Rose Zonetti
Apple Travel
Bohemian Moon 
Care Manage for All, LLC in honor of George Yonemura's 90th birthday
Chobani, LLC
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
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

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
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland 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 County United Way, Inc.
Tioga Opportunities
United Health Services (UHS)

VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments

Diane Albrecht
Olivia Consol 
Christine Day
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Tony Preus
Jack Salo
Lauren Tonti
Susan Williams 
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
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Food & Health Network Website
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