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Rural Health Network hosts Martin Luther King Day Poverty Simulation!

The Food and Health Network collaborated with the Rural Health Service Corps and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau to coordinate our second annual Martin Luther King Day Poverty Simulation on January 20th. The simulation featured a combined theme of food and racial justice and was held for students from Binghamton University’s Hinman College.  

Close to 100 total participants came out to take part in the event, which aimed to simulate the lived experiences of low-income and food-insecure families. The simulation also sought to highlight some of the structural obstacles to socioeconomic mobility, personal health, happiness, and employment.
Member's of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau share their insights on food insecurity, and poverty at our second annual MLK Day poverty simulation.
BU students discuss their experiences during the poverty simulation on January 20th and how they felt it reflected the realities of low-income families.

NY Thursday's February menu features a local chicken drumstick with home-grown roasted potatoes, cabbage-apple salad, and a fresh apple all from New York State! Check out our food and farm partners Crooked CarrotHeadwater 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: National Farm to School Network: Trending Topics in Farm to School: February’s Trending Topics webinar is Food Waste and Farm to School. Farm to school initiatives across the country are changing the way students and community members view and consume fresh, local foods and interact with their local food community. In many places, that change includes reducing food waste. Register here.

Thank you Crooked Carrot, Cascun Farms, Main Street Farms, Russell Farms, Headwater Food Hub, and Byrne Dairy for helping to make our January NY Thursday menu a success!  
Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, serves students at Tioga Elementary School during a taste test on January 17th. Nearly 400 students participated in two taste tests of Apple & Cabbage Salad that we hosted at Tioga and Vestal High School during the month of January!
In January we announced that FaHN would be expanding our farm to school efforts into Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties. Sidney Central School District was awarded a round three New York State Farm to School grant, and we’ll be working with Sidney CSD and Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES to expand their successful programming and connect farmers and fresh local produce to Afton, Bainbridge, Walton, Downsville, Unatego, Unadilla Valley, Sherburne-Earlville, Greene, and Oneonta City school districts. FaHN will assist with building the regional farm to school supply chain, conducting farmer outreach, coordinating local procurement efforts, and collaborating on farm to school programs and processes.

Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, recently spoke with Kim Corcoran, DCMO BOCES Food Service Director who has been with BOCES for 28 years and is currently working on farm to school initiatives, and Christian DiRado-Owens, FaHN Program Coordinator who will be assisting Sidney and BOCES to discuss our new partnership and supporting farm to school in the region.  

Why do you believe is it important for children in schools to have access to healthy meal options?

Kim: Children need to be exposed to and fed fresh, healthy food options for lifelong good health and weight management. They need to have access to fresh local food at all ages.

From American Farmland Trust: Right now, advocates are in Albany urging the State Legislature to support the recommendations of New York Food for New York Kids, a coalition of nearly 70 organizations and stakeholders that support Governor Cuomo's "No Student Goes Hungry" Proposal.

But we need your help too. We're asking our friends and supporters to join us today in encouraging their representatives to support funding to serve our kids healthy, New York-grown food in local schools.

The time to act is now.

This year, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put more schools on the path to purchasing and serving fresh, healthy, local food to our children. Governor Cuomo has proposed $10 million in the State Budget to quadruple the current school meal reimbursement to 25 cents for schools purchasing 30 percent of their ingredients from New York farms. He has also proposed to double the state's investment in Farm to School grants to $1.5 million.

This is a historic opportunity. In order to make it happen, your representatives need to hear from you! 

Click here to contact your reps and tell them why it’s important for our children to eat fresh, healthy food grown on New York farms while they’re in school!

Last week we were honored to join the team from BT-BOCES Food Service Rock on Cafe to receive a joint Farm to School partnership award from the NY School Nutrition Association. Thank you for your many years of collaboration and leadership to create a thriving farm to school program. Congratulations to Senator Akshar for your Champion of Child Nutrition award! 
February 10, 2018
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Production of Chinese Medicinal Herbs in NYS 
CCE Broome, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY.
Register here.
February 11, 2018
Sunday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause 
Otsego 2000, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY.
Register here.
February 14, 2018
Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Advocacy 101 Training
Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY.
Contact Randi Lynn Quackenbush at or at 607.796.6061 x4039 to register.
March 5-6, 2018
Monday - Tuesday
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY. Register here.

Save the Date!

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 25-27, 2018

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

Anthem Foundation Grants: Cycle one application due February 23, 2018. Learn more here.

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants: Applications should be postmarked no later than February 28, 2018. Learn more here.

Community Foundation of Tompkins County: Spring Grant Cycle, Applications deadline: March 1, 2018. Learn more here.

Decker Foundation: Application deadline: March 1, 2018. Learn more here.

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

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


Executive Director, CADE, Oneonta, NY
The Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization’s operations and overseeing the work of direct reports as well as several outside consultants. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. 
Learn more here.

Multiple opportunities, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira, NY
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is currently hiring for a Vice President of Development & Communtiy Engagement, a PantryTrak Specialist, and a Partner Agency Services Coordinator.
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
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
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

Individual Members

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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