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Summer Food Service Program

Summer meals are in full swing across the region! 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. Last year in the Food and Health Network region over 8,200 children participated in summer meals. Find free summer meal sites near you by checking out the following community resources: 

Broome County Child Hunger Task Force
Chemung County Summer Meals
Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force
Tompkins County Free Summer Meals for Kids

Jessica Barbini, our Farm to School Coordinator, traveled with a team from Sidney Central Schools to the Northeast Farm to School Institute at Shelburne Farms in Vermont last month. Check out her reflection of the institute below: 

"The Farm to School Institute at Shelburne Farms is a 3-day intensive event where folks from 12 school districts across the Northeast with all different levels of involvement are invited to collaborate and develop clear values and actions plans to implement into their schools. Vermont Feed, a project of Shelburne Farms, partners with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to create a “3C Model” framework for igniting change in the classroom, cafeteria, and community. Representatives from the Food and Health Network attended the Institute for the first time in 2017 with a team from Johnson City School District, and had the exciting opportunity to attend for the second time earlier this summer.

I traveled with a passionate team of people from Sidney Central Schools where we spent time discussing our goals with farm to school and in turn, cultivated our team dynamics. Work to change a system as encompassing as the relationships between farm and school can be difficult and without reward at times, and I believe that it is equally important to build support among peers driven by the same work."


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Senate Ag Committee's Bipartisan Farm Bill Strengthens SNAP & Avoids Harming SNAP Households: The farm bill that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 13 includes a bipartisan nutrition title that would reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and improve SNAP’s program integrity and operations.  The bill also would expand the 2014 farm bill’s pilot program to test promising approaches to job training and other employment-related activities for SNAP participants and would make targeted investments in SNAP to help seniors and people with disabilities, as well as Indian Tribes.  And, the bill would make changes to and increase funding for certain grant programs outside of SNAP. Read more here.

New Report: The Power of Produce:
 Fair Food Network, The Food Trust, and Wholesome Wave recently released a new report on SNAP and healthy food incentive programs. Read the full report here.

Webinar: Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey: Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems: A webinar intended to inspire Extension educators and other food system leaders who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so. Watch the webinar recording here.

Webinar: Wallace Center's National Good Food Network: Value Chain Coordination: A Beginners Guide: Thursday, July 26th at 3:30pm. Increasing the health and wealth of communities and the local farmers who supply them requires physical infrastructure to collect and move food. But it also requires a significant level of coordination - people and organizations who are able to make fruitful connections between the food and the consumer; who work to pilot new ideas; who make the political and business ground fertile for success. Learn more and register here. 

Webinar: National Farm to School Network: Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Summer: Thursday, July 12th at 2:00pm. The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) anticipates providing more than 200 million free meals to children across the U.S. when school is out of session this summer. The seasonality and flexibility of SFSP create a perfect opportunity to highlight local products and incorporate food education. Join this webinar to learn about USDA farm to summer resources and hear from NFSN Core Partners about innovative farm to summer initiatives taking place across the country. Learn more and register here.
July 11-14, 2018
Wednesday - Saturday
National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
American Horticultural Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Learn more.
July 15, 2018
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Much Ado in the Garden
CCE Broome, Cutler Botanic Garden, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY.
Learn more.
July 24, 2018
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Grilling with Fresh Veggies Workshop 
VINES, First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, Johnson City, NY.
Learn more.
August 2, 2018
Thursday, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Volunteer Day & Tour at the Farm 
Groundswell, Incubator Farm, Ithaca, NY.
Learn more.

Save the Date!

It Takes a Region Conference
October 25-27, 2018

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

NYS Health Foundation
Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veteran's' Health: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 
Learn more here.

Hoyt Foundation
Letter of inquiry due: July 27, 2018. 
Learn more here.

Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Technical Assistance Proposals: Approaches to Reducing Consumption of Sugar, Application deadline: July 31, 2018. Learn more here.

Anthem Foundation
Cycle 2 Applications deadline: August 3, 2018. Learn more here.

National Endowment for the Arts
Our Town grants deadline: August 9, 2018. 
Learn more here.
Job Opportunities: AmeriCorps Positions promoting Food Access & Health! There are still 300 hour summer positions in Broome and Chemung Counties available! Check out our open Program Assistant position here. 

Learn more and apply: Rural Health Service Corps website.

Food Business Development Director, Ithaca, NY: Provide assessment, development, delivery, evaluation, research, and direction / management of educational programming that focuses on Food Business Management in the Southern Tier (Tompkins, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties), to include farm-based and factory-based food and beverage manufacturers. Learn more and apply. 

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. 


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
Alison Handy-Twang
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
Tony Preus and Meredith Pell-Preus

Maggie Reeger
Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Paul & Marianne Taylor 
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Susan Williams
Jennifer Wilkins
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
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 


Broome County Council of Churches
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition 
Tioga County United Way, Inc.
Tioga Opportunities
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments

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