AmeriCorps Opportunities with the Food and Health Network!
We are currently recruiting for the second year of Farm to School Corps! The Farm to School Corps is part of the collaborative Farm to School work with partners located throughout South Central New York. Farm to School Corps members will work as part of an expanding regional team to develop, implement, grow, and evaluate programs to bring healthy, local food to students. Members will work with staff, students, parents, farms, and community partners to increase capacity for hands-on learning, local procurement, and creating a school-wide culture of health. Positions are 1200 hours, schedules and start dates are flexible but can begin as early as September.
We are also recruiting for two AmeriCorps VSITA members to serve with FaHN! The FaHN Program Assistant VISTA and the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) VISTA will serve as integral members of our team and advance capacity for a growing non-profit organization. Positions can begin in July.
During the summer months, food access can be a major challenge for many families. Families who utilize the free or reduced price meal program during the school year are especially at risk for heightened food insecurity. The Summer Food Service Program helps to fill the gap, providing free meals to children who otherwise would be at risk for hunger. Each year dedicated community organizations and volunteers play a role in promotion and outreach of the program! Find free summer meal sites near you by checking out the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Food Finder and selecting the appropriate filters. Click the following links for information about Binghamton City and Broome and Tioga County specific sites.
In collaboration with VINES and Outdoor Tribe we partnered to host a Sprouts Teacher Training at Binghamton's West Middle School on June 5th. The training featured information about incorporating garden education into the classroom, opportunities to partner with VINES, and funding that is available for school garden projects! Reach out to Kaitlyn Sirna, Community Garden and Youth Program Manager for VINES at email@example.com or Tom Lewis, Community Food Coordinator for RHN at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how you can get involved with a future training!
We're excited to share that we were awarded two grants to expand the Farm to School AmeriCorps program. A grant from the United Way of Broome County Healthy Lifestyle Coalition will support expansion in Broome County. A grant from the Floyd Hooker Foundation will support expansion in Tioga County. The funding will increase capacity to provide more farm to school taste tests, local food education, and school garden support in partner school districts across the two counties.
On Thursday, May 23rd, farm to school coordinators, school food staff, and support organizations, gathered at the CCE Broome Agriculture Development Center in Binghamton for the annual NYS Farm to School Coordinating Committee Meeting. Updates on policy and procurement were shared, as well as new initiatives and best practices for schools around the state. Read more about the event by visiting our Food for Thought Blog!
Black bean brownies sounded a little scary at first to some Clayton Ave Elementary students, but after trying them, they found they loved this healthy twist on a classic dessert! We’re looking forward to developing this recipe further to make it even healthier and find ways to incorporate it into the school lunch menu.