In this Issue:

Thank goodness for the sunshine and for May's NY Thursday Menu! This month's menu features local ground beef in spaghetti with meat sauce, a fresh romaine salad, local applesauce, and NYS milk. Check out our food and farm partnerCascun Farms and Catskill Cattle Co. to learn more about the people who made this menu happen. An enormous thank you also goes out to Water Wheel Farm for their incredibly  generous donation of 150 lbs of ground beef to Whitney Point Central School District! On behalf of everyone at the Food and Health Network and all of our partners, we are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to putting quality, nutritious local food on the lunch trays of students in our community. Thank you!

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

VINES Farm Share in Whitney Point

While originally a Binghamton based program, Farm Share has since expanded to Johnson City, Endicott, and in collaboration with the Food & Health Network two years ago to Whitney Point, NY. Kate Miller-Corcoran, Farm Share Program Coordinator, believes expanding to rural areas of Broome County is important because, “Hunger and food-related health diseases don't discriminate based on where you live. People lack access to affordable fresh produce in both locations.” Outreach for the program in Whitney Point has focused on advertising at Whitney Point School District, having a presence at community events like the annual Whitney Point Block Party, and flyering at local businesses.

If you are interested in learning more about Farm Share and seeing their full list of locations, you can visit their website
here. Additionally, you can find VINES Farm Share in Whitney Point every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Whitney Point United Methodist Church starting June 13th!
From Hunger Solutions New York: On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill along party lines, and a full House vote is expected within the next few weeks. The Farm Bill is a critical piece of federal legislation that regulates the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), among many other agriculture programs. The 2018 Farm Bill proposal would increase hunger and hardship by taking away—or cutting—food assistance from many struggling New Yorkers, including parents raising kids, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and people temporarily in between jobs. The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to introduce their bill later this spring. Learn more here

Food Policy Resources:

Local and Regional Food Systems at Cornell: Data Tool Webinar: USDA-ERS Food Environment Atlas: May 15th, 1pm, ERS Economist Alana Rhone will walk us through the main features of the Food Atlas and how to use this helpful data tool. Following Alana’s presentation, we will also learn some of the ways the Food Atlas has been used to support local and regional food systems work in New York State. Register here. 

Food Research and Action Center: Rural Hunger in America - SNAP: Get the Facts: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, is critically important for rural America. In addition to improving the food security, health, and well-being of participating families, federal SNAP dollars stimulate rural economies through assistance that goes directly to struggling families to purchase food. Read more 

Are you Interested in advertising a volunteer opportunity? We will be sharing regional volunteer opportunities related to community food projects on our newsletter. Contact Tom Lewis, FaHN Food Access & Development Coordinator at to post an opportunity or learn more about regional community food projects. 

VINES Farm Share: VINES Farm Share is a weekly subscription to a box of local veggies. You sign up ahead of time and pick up your share each week at the same time and location. VINES works with 4 local farms to help you eat veggies that are being harvested within 60 miles, which makes them super fresh! They offer different size shares and flexible payment plans and proudly accept EBT/SNAP benefits. Each week VINES provides member education for its members so that they know what it is in the shares and how to store and cook what they're getting! Pickup locations are currently available in Binghamton, Endicott, Johnson City, and Whitney Point.
Learn more and sign up here. 
Orton Family Foundation: 10 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers: Listen!
It’s hugely important to hear your volunteers. Learn about them and listen with curiosity when they talk about themselves. They may unveil—if you’re listening—important connections, limitations, or self-interest. Appeal to people’s self-interest. Folks are more likely to get involved and commit when an initiative has immediate relevance to their lives. Read more
May 8, 2018
Tuesday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am 
Growing Health Forum: SNAP & Health in the 2018 Farm Bill
CCE Broome's Agriculture Development Center, Binghamton, NY,  
Register here.
May 12, 2018
Saturday, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
2nd Annual Barn-a-Palooza 
Stone Horse Farm/Northland Farm Dairy, 3501 Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road, Marathon, NY.
Learn more.
May 19, 2018
Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm 
The Watershed and our Communities: Past, Present, and Future
The Livestock Foundation, Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with New York City Department
of Environmental Protection, Bovina Center Community Hall, Bovina Center, NY. Register here.
May 22, 2018
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

May 31, 2018
Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
VINES Farm Share 101
VINES, Johnson City & Binghamton, NY.
Learn more.
May 31, 2018
Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
No-Dig Gardening Techniques
CCE Tompkins, CCE Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY.
Register here.

Save the Date!

It Takes a Region Conference
October 25-27, 2018

NESAWG, Downtown Sheridan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Learn more.

Community Foundation of South Central New York: Small Grants, Application deadline: May 15, 2018. Learn more here.

American Academy of Pediatrics 
Community Access to Child Health Programs Applications open June, 2018. 
Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Applications deadline: June 30, 2018. Learn more here.

CHS Foundation National Agriculture in the Classroom
CHS Classroom Grant due due: June 30, 2018. 
Learn more here.

AmeriCorps Positions promoting Food Access & Health! 
300 hour summer positions in Broome and Chemung Counties! 

  • Food Bank of the Southern Tier
  • Food and Health Network of South Central New York
  • Broome County Office for Aging
  • Faith in Action

Learn more and apply: Rural Health Service Corps website.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County: Temporary position opening for a Nutritionist 1 (Job Classification: Temporary Program Educator II) The Program Educator position will provide community nutrition education programs to improve healthy food and lifestyle choices among families and individuals encompassing targeted age groups throughout the County. Learn more.


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
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Family Enrichment Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
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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