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Building Year-Round Access to Healthy Food

Access to nutritious food shouldn’t end in June when school is out. The need is greatest when fresh, locally grown produce is at its peak.

Building on the results of a regional assessment of the Summer Food Service Program, the Food and Health Network will launch a new year-round healthy food access initiative thanks to a grant from the Community Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. This new regional program will build the capacity of summer meal sites to reach children at risk of food insecurity when school is out, connect local farms and community gardens with meal programs, and provide educational programming on food and nutrition.

Improving access to fresh, local food not only reduces food insecurity, but also helps to prevent child obesity and other diet related health conditions – a win for children, farms and communities. Thank you to the Community Foundation for South Central New York for supporting this exciting initiative.

Research, Data & Resources

Food Insecurity Data Update
  • 20.9% of children were food insecure in New York in 2014, according to a newly released update of Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap. Data shows county breakdowns of food insecurity, both within the total population and among children, to display the disproportionate effect hunger has on children. The percent average of child hunger in the FaHN region is 22.3%, compared to the total population average of 12.3%. Click here to view 2014 Map the Meal Gap data.
Economic Impact of Local Foods in School Lunches
  • Research findings from Cornell University's Community and Regional Development Institute indicate that a 50% increase in demand for fresh, local fruits and vegetables one day/week in school meals could generate up to $9.2 million for vegetable producers and $5.3 million for fruit producers. These findings contribute to the idea of creating incentives for school districts to purchase more local produce for school meals. Click here to view the policy brief.
USDA First-ever Local Foods Survey
  • As part of its "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service announced the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. The survey asks producers for information on production and marketing of local foods during the 2015 calendar year. Information will be published in December 2016 and will inform policy decisions and programs that support regional and local food systems. For more information on the survey, click here.
Lessons Learned at Growing Health Forum:
Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities

The Food & Health Network co-hosted Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities on April 7 with the Broome County Health Department. The half-day forum focused on healthy, local food procurement and strategies for increasing access to healthy food choices at a variety of organizations.

More than 75 people were in attendance, representing community organizations, healthcare systems, private businesses and governments from across the Southern Tier and Central New York. All materials from the event are available on the FaHN website. Stay tuned for more Growing Health Forums!

Read the full article on the FaHN blog.
Food & Farm Policy

From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC): 
Earlier this month, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2017. Overall, the bill provides $21.3 billion in discretionary funding, which is $451 million below the FY 2016 enacted level and $281 million below the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) budget request for FY 2017. When taking into account USDA’s request that appropriators leave mandatory farm bill funding for conservation programs intact, the actual cut relative to the total USDA request is closer to $640 million

2017 funding bill includes key conservation, agricultural, and farmer support programs such the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), Food Safety Outreach, Education, Training, and Technical Assistance competitive grants program (FSOP), the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program and Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG).

Learn more on the NSAC website here.

Join us for our Monthly Meeting!

Mark your calendars for the FaHN resource development meeting!

Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, 56 Main St., Owego

Further details and information will be sent shortly. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Events
May 14, 2016
Saturday, 9am-2pm
2016 Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St.
Learn more here.
May 14-15, 2016
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
2016 Spring Open Farm Weekend
Broome County: 11 farms are offering tours, activities, and more.
Learn more here.
May 15, 2016
Sunday, 1-4pm
CRAFT Network Farm Tour:
Kingbird Farm

Groundswell Center
Berkshire, NY
Learn more here.
May 28, 2016
Saturday, 9am-1pm
Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
Broome Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cutler Botanic Garden
Learn more here.
June 1, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Square Foot Gardening
Tompkins Cornell Cooperative Extension
Learn more here.
June 2-4, 2016
 
Farm to Cafeteria Conference
National Farm to School Network
Madison, WI
Learn more here.
June 2, 2016
Thursday, 1-2:30pm
Webinar: Organic Recordkeeping for Growers
Farmer Veteran Coalition and California Certified Organic Farmers
Learn more here.
June 7, 2016
Tuesday, 6-10pm
2016 June Dairy Parade
Cortland Cornell Cooperative Extension
Learn more here.
Financial Assistance Available for Farmers to Receive
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is offering a cost-share/reimbursement program designed to assist specialty crop growers with the cost of a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) food safety audit. NYSDAM will reimburse up to $750 for the cost of an audit to verify an establishment's food safety program. 

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted or December 31, 2016. Learn more here.

 
Join us in 2016 as a FaHN member or sponsor! You can help us and our partners:
  • Ensure that children have access to fresh, healthy and local food
  • Combat chronic disease by making healthy food more accessible
  • Promote local agriculture
  • Advocate for policy change
  • Use data to strengthen our regional food system
We're on Instagram!

The Food & Health Network is now on Instagram! Stay up to date on all our happenings, and look for our Food & Farm Tours this summer. Tag us or use the hashtag #FaHNfarmfriday and we'll repost our favorite farm photos each week!

Follow us: @foodandhealthnetwork
Grants
 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Eating Research
Round 10 Grants--Concept papers due August 3, 2016.
New Connections Grants--Concept papers due June 1, 2016. Learn more here.

Floyd Hooker Foundation
Funds programs for children in Tioga County. Applications due May 15, 2016. Learn more here.

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education 
Evaluation period deadlines: May 27, 2016. Learn more here.

Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
American Public Health Association, Aetna Foundation, and the National Association of Counties
Deadline for proposals to participation in the challenge: May 31, 2016. Learn more here.

Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program (STAIEP) Grant
Application Period 2: July 11-September 19, 2016. Learn more here.

Delaware County Agricultural Micro-Enterprise Grant
The Delaware County Economic Development Office is offering another round of Micro-Enterprise Grants for 2016. Visit the CADE website to learn about creating a business plan. 


NYS Round 14 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) Program
Applications due mid-June, 2016. Learn more here.

USDA Value Added Producer Grants
Applications due June 24, 2016. Learn more here

 

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC
Certification Coordinator Assistant: Provide administrative support to Certification Coordinators to ensure the timely intake and flow of certification applications. 
Certification Specialist: Evaluate organic plan information and inputs to determine compliance with the National Organic Standards. 
Candidates should email a resume and letter of interest to Lori@nofany.org. 


Groundswell Center
Program Coordinator: Work closely to assist the Groundswell’s Director, Marketing Manager and course coordinators to facilitate primarily the CRAFT program and Homesteading Network tours; however, will also assist with other public programs, courses and events.
Click here for more info.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County
Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator: Program development, management, and assessment for agriculture programming and food systems efforts. Click here for more info.

AmeriCorps positions promoting Food Access & Health! 
Positions available with a range of organizations.
View positions and apply: 
Rural Health Service Corps website
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Organizational Members

Broome County Health Department
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
Cornell Cooperative Extension 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
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Christina Boyd
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kathleen Horner
Sonia Janiszewski
Kevin Millar
Ann Moring
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
Sponsors

Diane & Jerry Albrecht
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Connie Barnes
Susan Beaudoin
Elizabeth Bossong
Care Manage for All
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Creekside Acres Farm/The Creekside Cook
Diane Crews
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Fidelis Care 
Galaxy Brewing Company
Johan Jelsma
 

The Kitchen Store, Inc.
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place
Janice Parker
John & Linda Roush
Regional Access
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Slope Farms
Doris Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United Health Care
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
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