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Join us for Growing Health Forum: SNAP & Health in the 2018 Farm Bill!

Join the Food and Health Network of South Central NY and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Tuesday, May 8th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County Agriculture Development Center Auditorium for a deeper look into the upcoming Farm Bill renewal and what's at stake for food and nutrition. A panel discussion will explore the ways in which SNAP impacts health and supports communities - from access to nutritious food and chronic disease prevention, to supporting local agriculture and business
 
Event is free but pre-registration is encouraged. Register by clicking here.
 
Questions? Please contact us at 
fahncoordinator@rhnscny.org or 607-692-7669. Visit www.foodandhealthnetwork.org for more information.

Farm-to-school favorite Southwest Chili makes a comeback on April's NY Thursday menu! This month's menu includes a chicken and butternut squash chili with roasted potatoes, roasted carrots and beets, and a NYS apple sauce. Check out our food and farm partnerCrooked CarrotMain Street Farms, Headwater Food Hub, and Cascun Farms  to learn more about the local people dedicated to farm to school in your community. Thank you also to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and to Stick and Stone Farm / The Full Plate Farm Collective whose just-in-time partnership continues to ensure effective transportation, aggregation, and distribution for farm-to-school!

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

Farm to School Resources:

The Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. Are you Interested in learning more about farm to school programs and how you can get involved? Read more about OCFS and view some of their helpful resources by clicking here. 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends 
school-based gardening interventions in combination with nutrition education to increase vegetable consumption among children. Learn more by clicking here.

In honor of National Garden Month, our April Spotlight are the Sidney Central School District’s Elementary School Gardens. Tom Lewis, our Food Access and Development Coordinator spoke with Josh Gray, a teacher at Sidney CSD, Co-Chair of the Sidney Wellness Committee, and School Coordinator of the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant. Mr. Gray spoke about the gardens’ history, their impact on the students, and goals for the future of the gardens.

What are some impacts you have seen on students who participate in the gardens?

Mr. Gray: One of the goals of the gardening program is to connect students to local food, to where it comes from, and to tie that connection to healthy eating and food sense, including an awareness of food waste. The students who are involved in gardening are also involved with our cafeteria taste tests and our school farmer’s market.  These students surprise me sometimes with how much they know, and how much of that knowledge they are able to share with others.  Our ‘gardening’ program does not just work in the garden. We take field trips to local farms, pick strawberries, plant potatoes for a day; we have visited a seed company, recycling facilities, and take nature walks. I like to think that if you are in the gardening program, you are going to be outside and going to come home a little muddy. If we have at least accomplished that, it has been a good day.

 
From American Farmland Trust: When signed by Governor Cuomo, the new state budget will make K-12 schools that purchase 30 percent of their lunch ingredients from New York farms eligible to receive a state reimbursement of $0.25 per meal—four times the amount that is currently provided per meal. The 2018-19 State Budget also doubled state funding for Farm to School grants to $1.5 million. 

“This incentive is the catalyst that both farms and school food service have needed to build a strong and sustainable infrastructure that will make bringing healthy New York State agricultural products directly to the students easier. This will be a financial boost for New York agriculture, while strengthening school food service programs in the areas of nutrition and prevention. New York State Child Nutrition programs thank the New York State Assembly, Senate, and governor for their support of this endeavor, and of our nutrition programs," said Mark Bordeau, SNS, Senior Food Service Director Broome Tioga BOCES & Vice President of New York School Nutrition Association. Read more
here.

Food Policy Resources:

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is now an open access journal! All JAFSCD content is now freely available to all, worldwide! Learn more about the journal and their community supported journal model here

From NESAWG: While the actual 2018 Farm Bill is still being written, now is a key time to educate your elected officials about the Farm Bill issues that matter to you. Elected officials are busy writing and introducing “marker bills” - pieces of Farm Bill legislation that Members of Congress introduce to build support around key issues - and your support can strengthen the case for all the GOOD things we want to see in this year’s Farm Bill! Check out a list of different marker bills
here. 

April 14, 2018
Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Apple Tree Planting at Tioga CSD's Tiger Farm! 
Tioga CSD, Tioga Center, NY,  
Register here.
April 17, 2018
Tuesday, 1:00 pm - 6:45 pm 
Annual National Volunteer Week Training Conference and Volunteer Recognition Reception 
Rural Health Network or SCNY, United Way of Broome County, Holliday Inn, Downtown Binghamton, NY,  
Register here.
April 21, 2018
Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am 
Orchard Production Basics
CCE Chemung, StoneyRidge Orchard and Winery, 160 Bixby Road, Erin, NY.
Register here.
April 27, 2018
Friday, 9:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Spring Summit: Youth Food Movement
Cooperstown Farmers' Market, Cooperstown, 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.

Save the Date!

Growing Health Forum: SNAP & Health in the Farm Bill 
May 2018

Food and Health Network & Food Bank of the Southern Tier 

It Takes a Region Conference
October 25-27, 2018

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

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

Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grants Program, Stage 1 applications due: April 18, 2018. Learn more here.

Decker Foundation
Applications due by May 1, 2018. 
Learn more here.

USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs 
Applications due by May 7, 2018. 
Learn more here.

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

 
Sponsors

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 
Sodexo
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Vestal United Methodist Church
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
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
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website
 






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