Welcome to the Food and Health Network of South Central NY!

FaHN Logo (2)The Food & Health Network (FaHN) is an eight-county coalition of diverse stakeholders working to build food-secure communities and a strong regional food system through collaboration. FaHN is an interdisciplinary, systematic, and regional approach to impact South Central NY’s food system. Learn more about the Network here.

JOIN US in fulfilling our vision of a vibrant regional food system through Healthy Environments, Economic Vitality, Farm to Consumer Connections, and Healthy People.
Everyone is a food system stakeholder.


 Closing the Summer Hunger Gap in South Central New York:
Nearly 8,500 children benefited from free summer meals

cover photoAverage daily participation in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free summer meals to K through 12 students, increased by 38 percent from 2013 to 2015 in South Central New York. This data comes “Closing the Gap on Childhood Food Insecurity”, a newly released assessment from the Food & Health Network (FaHN).

Working with hunger task forces and many community partners throughout the region, FaHN conducted the assessment to understand the barriers that prevent children and families from accessing free summer meals, and develop a collaborative strategy to reach more children in 2016 and beyond.

Click here to view the 2015 Summer Food Service Program Regional Assessment

Click here to view the Executive Summary

growing health

Our first Growing Health forum of 2016: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities was a success! This free, half-day seminar included a locally sourced breakfast and two workshops focused on healthy food purchasing and policy change for worksites, community groups, institutions and government organizations. The conference began with a keynote from Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Thank you to our speakers and contributors for making the conference a success! Please visit the conference page to learn about the presentations and check back for future forums.

Broome and Cortland Producer Card 1b

Broome and Cortland Producer Card 2b






NEW 2016 sponsorship challenge for farm and food businesses! When you contribute $25 as a FaHN Sponsor, an additional $75 will be matched by an anonymous donor to reach the Seedling sponsor level. Sponsor benefits include:

  1. As a valued sponsor of the Food & Health Network, your business will be highlighted in a feature article and photos on our website and monthly e-newsletter. Your name, logo and link to your website will also be listed in FaHN publications and media, including, website, e-newsletter, blog and Food System Assessment.
  2. Opportunities for networking, interdisciplinary collaboration, technical assistance and support for local food and health related initiatives from the Food and Health Network and its members and partners.
  3. Invitation to annual recognition event for sponsors featuring local food products.
  4. Framed Certificate of Appreciation.

Learn more and join here, or view the sponsor form here.

Support Local Farm, Food and Health Businesses & Organizations! 

FaHN members and sponsors are committed to supporting the local economy, sustaining agriculture and promoting health. We encourage you to learn more about what they offer and support their businesses and organizations!