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September is Hunger Action Month! 

Hunger Action Month is an opportunity for community members, businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, and congregations to take action in their local communities to help end hunger. Wondering how you can get involved? There are several ways to take action. 

  • Volunteer at your local food bank or one of their many member agencies in your community 
  • Advocate for those who struggle with food insecurity by calling or emailing your local representative and letting them know you oppose all cuts to SNAP funding
  • Donate to your local food bank! Every dollar donated allows the food bank to provide three meals to community members in need
Visit your local food bank's website to learn more about Hunger Action Month and all of the ways you can help: Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Food Bank of Central New York. In addition wear orange on National Hunger Action Day, September 14th and post a picture on your social media accounts with the hashtag #HungerActionMonth to help raise awareness of hunger in your community. 
Our spotlight this month is the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Speakers Bureau! Currently the speakers bureau consists of 14 women - 8 members in Broome County and 6 Members in Tioga County. The graduates all have lived experience with food insecurity and are active in the community serving on boards and committees and lobbying in DC and Albany. View a video of the Broome County Graduation here.
From the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: 

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is working to change the narrative of the realities of economic hardship, food insecurity, and poverty in our region. Through our network of pantries and agencies, we have access to marginalized families and individuals who have immense expertise on what it is like to survive on a limited income.

 At the Food Bank, we receive many requests for public presentations and participation in community panel discussions and media stories to talk about the issue of hunger. This is where the Speakers Bureau comes in. The people who visit our food pantries are the real experts on the realities of hunger and poverty in our region. Their stories have the power to change hearts and minds and have a positive impact on our community as well as themselves and their families.

Each graduate of the program is trained and gains experience in:
  • Storytelling 
  • Public speaking, using Toastmaster’s “Speech Craft” curriculum 
  • Advocacy 
  • Working with media 
  • Developing relationships with others living in similar situations 
  • Becoming more involved in the community 
  • Developing a plan for further engagement / involvement
Questions? Contact Randi Lynn Quackenbush,, 607-796-6061 x 4039.
We hope everyone had a great summer, with the school year starting back up we are excited for another eventful year of farm to school! This summer has involved a lot of planning, facilitating conversations, and preperation for the upcoming year.
  • We are planning a regional apple crunch in October with all participating Broome-Tioga BOCES school districts. Students, teachers, and staff will have the opportunity to join forces and create a big "crunch" by simultaneously biting into a crisp local apple.
  • All recipes for our first two NY Thursday Menus are set, including local barbecue chicken drumsticks, a fall kale salad, local veggies, and NYS pears. We have a list of other recipes on deck for winter months.
  • Recipe development has been conducted with recipes from other farm to school programs such as butternut squash and black bean soup, a chicken and veggie buddha bowl, ramen cabbage salad, baked chicken drumsticks, and a beef-spinach-red bean mix over rice.
A new root cellar at Tioga Central School District will help store store vegetables harvested from the school garden, Tiger Farm's, to serve in the school's cafeteria.
Tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, yellow squash, and onion from Deposit's School Garden were used to make salsa for students at their summer meals program.
Farm to School Webinars:

Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs: September 7, 2-3pm
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET.  
Register here.
Study Finds: Benefits Data Trust collaborated with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Human Services, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Northwestern University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to determine what impact the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had on healthcare utilization and costs. Researchers studied the entire population of 69,000 Maryland seniors on Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles). Individual-level medical claims data were cross-matched against SNAP enrollment data, and used to analyze the impact of SNAP on healthcare utilization and costs. Access the research by viewing their policy brief here.
Food Policy Resources:

Navigating the Farm Bill: What's at Stake for Food Policy Councils: September 7, 1-2:15pm 
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks project for a conversation with authors Parke Wilde and Alan Hunt about what matters most in the bill to community food systems and the mechanisms by which to shape the contents of the farm bill. Register 

Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food Systems to Transform Communities: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the USDA collaborated recently to release a book on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity. Read it here. 

The Washington Post: Hunger Abated After the Recession, but not for the Elderly, U.S. Figures Show 
September 12, 2017
Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Incubator Farm Tour  
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, 101 Rachel Carson Drive, Ithaca, NY. 
Learn more.
September 13, 2017
Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Taste of Chemung
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County, Hill Top Inn, Elmira, NY. Register here.
September 15, 2017
Friday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
Taste of Tioga - Farm to Feast 2017 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, Tioga Downs, Nichols, NY. Register here.
September 16, 2017
Saturday, 10:00 am
Happy Harvest 5k
VINES, Vestal Coal House, Vestal, NY. 
Learn more.
Save the Date!
NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland.
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.

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

Park Foundation
Quarterly application deadline September 29, 2017. Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation 
Quarterly application deadline September 30, 2017. Learn more here. 

Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation 
Proposal deadline October 5, 2017. Learn more here.

Northeast SARE
Partnership grants deadline: October 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
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
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
Kevin Millar
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
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