Community Announcements

Introducing the Healthy Food Access Portal!

The Healthy Food Access Portal connects community leaders, healthy food retailers, policymakers, and advocates to an extensive array of resources, strategies, and ideas to promote and increase access to healthy food in underserved communities. The Portal is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and run by PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund. All three organizations have been working with local, state, and national healthy food advocates for years to expand fresh food access in underserved areas throughout the U.S.

 

 

National Geographic Launches Robust Online Portal Exploring Future of Food, NatGeoFood.com

NatGeoFood.com Bloggers Include Chef José Andrés, Writer Maryn McKenna and Policy Blogger Mary Beth Albright; Portal Complements 8-Month Series in National Geographic Magazine, Kicking Off on Heels of UN Report Showing Food Security at Risk from Climate Change

 

Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp: A Seed-to-Table Journey in Food

With a population of over 8 million residents in New York City, what we choose to eat in the Big Apple has a major impact on our environment, and on communities near and far.

 

Now in its fourth summer, Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp offers children ages 6-10 the unique opportunity to explore food through gardening, specialized workshops, field trips, cooking, tasting, and mindful eating.

 

Invite a sustainable chef home today! Sneak Peak: ROC's New Food Social Enterprise

Host your next dinner or cooking party with The Welcome Table! Check out this new food social enterprise brought to you by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC). The Weclome Table is a website you can use to invite local chefs to your home for food experiences that connect you and your friends to a great meal that's nourishing, responsible, and delicious.

 

Live Below the Line Challenge

Live Below the Line  is a challenge to spend $1.50 a day on food and drink for one to five days while fundraising for leading charities. The purpose of the challenge is to call attention to the lack of choice and opportunity facing the 1.2 billion people who live below the extreme poverty line.

Report: Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools - Understanding Practice to Inform Policy

A new report released by the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University, explores the landscape of nutrition education programs (NEPs) in schools in three New York City boroughs. The report, "Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools: Understanding Practice to Inform Policy" describes the kinds of NEPs available, their distribution, and if they are reaching the schools that need them the most. The report also details what is going well, and makes recommendations about how accessibility to NEPs can be improved. A resource guide at the end of the report details many of the NEPs available to schools in New York City.
 
Some report highlights include:
  • The nutrition education programs described in this report cover a wide variety of academic and food and nutrition-related subjects, and utilize multiple activities and strategies for learning.
  • Schools using NEPs are expanding their capacity to provide food and nutrition education, with some schools even having multiple NEPs for different grades. 
  • Despite these successes, there is a clear need for more schools to have have access to NEPs. In the three boroughs studied, only 39% of elementary schools had an NEP.
  • And while NEPs are reaching some of the highest need schools, these schools are still getting proportionately less programs than their lower need peers.
  • We recommend that federal, state, and local government should direct more funds and support to NEPs, with a goal of 80% of NYC schools with NEPs by 2020.
 
 
 
For information about this report, please contact Claire Uno, Assistant Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University, at cu2155@tc.columbia.edu or 212-678-3693
 
 

Job Opportunity: Nutrition Education Assistant, United Way of NYC

Position Title: Nutrition Education Assistant      

Department:  Community Investment – Hunger Prevention & Nutrition Assistance Program

 

United Way of New York City fights poverty across the five boroughs. We have been working for low-income New Yorkers over the past 75 years.  United Way connects people and community-based organizations, resources and ideas to create a thriving community characterized by income stability, educational success, and healthy people. For more information please visit www.unitedwaynyc.org

 

Background:  

This year, in partnership with Just Food, UWNYC will supply 49 food pantries in NYC with fresh vegetables from local farms through Local Produce Link, a farm to food pantry program. This intern will be a key member of the Local Produce Link team and contribute to the nutrition education programming.  This internship may be applied towards field work hours, or a public health internship, or to gain practical experience in community nutrition and public health.  Compensation provided.

 

Hot off the Presses: Fresh Food Retail Summit Summary Report!

The first annual New York City Fresh Food Retail Summit, hosted by the NYC Food Policy Center at the CUNY School of Public Health in November of 2013, welcomed more than 100 individuals from organizations operating citywide to attend a full-day event. The day was comprised of insightful presentations, a panel discussion, a poster session, and afternoon break-out discussions. The Summit was a first step in strengthening collaboration and aligning efforts in healthy food retail across NYC.

 

Click here for the just released report summarizing the event. As a next step, participants are forming a Healthy Food Retail Steering Committee that will quarterly bring together organizations working on the ground with brick and mortar retail operations to increase access to healthy foods. Steering Committee priorities and goals will be set during the first meeting on Friday, April 11th.  

 

Please contact Jessica Goodell at jgoodell@healthsolutions.org for additional information.

 

Fellowship Opportunity: Organic farming, leadership & sustainability, Hazon

Applications for the Adamah 2014 Fellowship are now available.
Farm, Sing, Learn, Love!

Now in its tenth successful year, the Adamah Fellowship is a three-month
leadership training program for Jewish young adults in their twenties and
early thirties that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish
learning, community building, and contemplative spiritual practice.

Job Opportunity: NY Foodhub Operations Manager, Good Eggs

 

About Good Eggs:

Good Eggs connects you to local farmers and foodmakers. You shop for exactly what you want, and we deliver it all to your door.

 

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