Calling Volunteers! Join a FSNYC Committee.

FSNYC committees are seeking members now.  Please fill out the attached volunteer information form and return to info@foodsystemsnyc.org.   Each committee will be co-chaired by a member of the general membership, to be determined by the committee participants, and a Governing Board member.

Purchasing Power for Farmers’ market Produce Increases Significantly For New York State’s Women and Children Enrolled in WIC

Posted by Lexi Van de Walle

New York State is leading the way in improving access to fresh, locally grown and nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables for low-income mothers and their children. Beginning July 1st, New York is the first of hopefully many states to allow pregnant women and mothers who are enrolled in the Women’s Infants and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition (WIC) program to use their monthly checks at farmers’ markets to buy eligible fruits and vegetables.

Until last month, when Governor David Patterson announced the addition of farmers’ markets as an approved outlet for WIC mothers to add to their shopping routine, a WIC participant living in New York could only buy locally grown produce if either their supermarket sold locally grown fruits and vegetables or she received one of the $24 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons good from Juy-November from their local New York WIC agency.

Now, with the new program, not only does a mother have greater choice where she buys produce, but she also has a lot more money to spend at the vibrant and bustling markets featuring local farmers.

A mother with two children under five years old, for example, is eligible to receive $20 a month that can be spent at farmers’ markets which adds up to $240 a year versus only $24 per year with the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupon – an eleven-fold increase of spending power at the estimated 1,300 farmers’ markets in the state authorized to accept WIC checks as she is still eligible to receive the $24 FMNP coupon for a total of $264 per year to spend on local, farm food.  

Purchasing Power for Farmers’ market Produce Increases Significantly For New York State’s Women and Children Enrolled in WIC

Posted by Lexi Van de Walle

New York State is leading the way in improving access to fresh, locally grown and nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables for low-income mothers and their children. Beginning July 1st, New York is the first of hopefully many states to allow pregnant women and mothers who are enrolled in the Women’s Infants and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition (WIC) program to use their monthly checks at farmers’ markets to buy eligible fruits and vegetables.

Until last month, when Governor David Patterson announced the addition of farmers’ markets as an approved outlet for WIC mothers to add to their shopping routine, a WIC participant living in New York could only buy locally grown produce if either their supermarket sold locally grown fruits and vegetables or she received one of the $24 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons good from June-November from their local New York WIC agency.

Food Detective: Raw Soul

posted by Ed Yowell, Slow Food NYC

private eyeThe last time I saw Lillian Butler was about two years ago when she was trying to start an organic, vegetarian food co-op upstairs from her small, vegan restaurant, Raw Soul, in Harlem.  It was a calling.  She said there was just not very much good, fresh food available in the neighborhood..a poor circumstance for health and taste.  

I visited Lillian, and her partner Eddie Robinson, again this June.  She is still trying to start a food co-op.  “But,” she reports cheerfully, “food in the neighborhood is getting better.”  And Raw Soul, the restaurant and the associated businesses, including catering, meal plans, cooking classes, mail order, and wholesaling, are aiding the change for the better.

FSNYC Chair Nominations Form

For complete information, please refer to the attached documents below:

1. CHAIR DESCRIPTION

2. NOMINATIONS GUIDELINES

3. NOMINATIONS & ELECTION PROCESS

 

 

Brooklyn Food Summer ’09: Empower Brooklyn residents by supporting them in overcoming challenges to food access and affordabil

 WHO:      YOU!  We are sounding the call for volunteers!

WHAT:      Brooklyn Food Summer ’09:  Empower Brooklyn residents by supporting them in overcoming challenges to food access and affordability!

WHEN:      Ongoing, beginning June 1

WHERE:     Brooklyn neighborhoods where residents lack access to healthy food.

WHY:    Brooklyn faces a health crisis of rising obesity and diabetes among children and adults.  These diet-related diseases disproportionately affect certain neighborhoods where residents lack access to healthy food. Though there is sufficient healthy, culturally appropriate food available to serve all Brooklyn residents, this food in not getting onto the tables and into the bellies of many Brooklynites.

HOW:   
 Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.brooklynhealthyfoodcampaign.org/fs_volunteerrls.html
    or read on for more details…



A BIT ABOUT WHO WE ARE


Brooklyn Food Summer ‘09 is an all-volunteer initiative of the Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign (BHFC).  The BHFC is a partnership of City and State governments, citywide service providers, grassroots organizations, and concerned citizens. We are committed to improving community health and food security, and to supporting neighborhood economies through locally spent food dollars, in the Borough of Brooklyn. This summer, these groups are joining forces to apply technical expertise, agency resources, and grassroots community organizing to make strides towards this vision.

Goals and Activities

FRESH Alternatives For Healthy Eating Thanks to New NYC Program

By Loren Talbot with Lynn Fredericks

A unified city and state response to the city’s food deserts has emerged with the introduction of the state run Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative and FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health), a new citywide program.  On May 16th Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announced both funding and legislation to help the establishment of supermarkets in underserved neighborhoods within the five boroughs.  The legislation coincided with the release of recommendations by The Food Trust and The New York Supermarket Commission, a coalition convened by The Food Trust, the Food Policy Coordinator for the City of New York, the Food Bank for New York City, the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, and the United Way of New York City with representatives from labor groups, public health advocates, supermarkets and financial institutions as well as city and state agencies. 

June Film Feature: FamilyCook’s Teen Iron Chefs & Youthmarket Collaboration

June Open Networking Meeting

At La Plaza Cultural Community Garden Field Visit and Preview of FSNYC’s Strategic Plan

Gather with us at our host, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, with friends from Greenthumb and the Lower East Side Ecology Center for a total change of FSNYC format!

Arrive at 12pm for brown bag lunch and a tour of the garden. We will open the program at 12:30 by learning about the lifecycle of food waste in NYC and the pioneering work of the LESEC. Guest host Mary Cleaver, FSNYC Governing Board member and president of The Cleaver Company, will lead the questioning from the perspective of one of NYC's most prominent green caterers.  

Then gear up to learn about the initiatives developed by the FSNYC Strategic Planning Taskforce. You will have an opportunity to learn about the major highlights, ask questions, and learn how to get involved in future programming. Come  join us!


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The Last of NYC’s Animal Feed Stores

Posted by Mark Foggin

A few weeks ago, on a bike tour of community gardens that are also raising chickens,  the tour guide was asked where the gardeners managed to get chicken feed for their fowl, and riders heard this tantalizing scrap: that many of them get it from New York City’s only animal feed store—in the Bronx.

The Bronx? Surely he was joking.

Nope. Owen Taylor, coordinator of Just Food’s City Chicken project, was referring to Bronx Animal Feeds on Park Avenue and East 162nd Street in the Melrose neighborhood. And, yes, it appears to be one of only two bulk feed stores in New York City (CG Country Seed in Staten Island is the other). Of late, Bronx Animal Feeds has become much more of a place for pet owners to provision dogs and cats than for coop owners (nota bene, all you city-slickers, that’s coop owners and not co-op owners) to buy cracked corn for their Rhode Island Reds.

Business is just fine, says owner Jack Horowitz. His grandfather started the shop about 75 years ago to supply live poultry markets in a time before refrigeration and pre-butchered meats. But in the post-war era, live poultry markets became the exception instead of the rule in New York City.  And those that remained, Horowitz said, got their feed from the farms that supplied their livestock.

“We kept carrying chicken feed because it was in our blood, but we were down to very little. A couple of poultry markets would come by just to fill in.”

But recently, Horowitz says, he’s seen a significant change. “Three years ago, we did about a thousand pounds a month,” he told me one recent Saturday afternoon while walking among shelves piled with 50-pound bags of feed. “Now we’re up to two or three tons a month.” What accounts for the change? City chickens, he says. “It’s all from the laying hen movement.”

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