Food for Thought

February News from Our Network

The Farmers Market Federation of NY is seeking an assistant director. The Assistant Director will provide leadership for programs that support farmers markets in New York State. This individual is responsible for assisting in managing the programs and operations of...

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Benefits of Farm to School: Part 3 – Communities Win!

Farm to School strengthens communities by providing multiple opportunities to build family and community engagement. While students and farmers benefit educational and economic growth opportunities from farm to school programs, involving other community members also...

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January News from Our Network

Job Opportunities Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY program is hiring a Farm to Institution Coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for contributing to the program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation to support the increased volume and...

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Benefits of Farm to School: Part 2 – Kids Win!

Farmers, kids, and communities benefit from farm to school programs. Benefits to farmers, covered in a previous post, included significant financial opportunities resulting from local procurement. The benefits to kids will be covered this week. Farm to school is best...

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Tray Waste: Observing Habits, Implementing Solutions

What is tray waste? Tray waste, as the name implies, is the amount of food waste left behind on a student’s tray at lunch or breakfast at school. In an effort to be more eco-friendly and conscientious, as well as to improve the nutrition standards of children in...

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Benefits of Farm to School: Part One – Farmers Win!

In a series of posts, we will highlight some of the many positive effects of farm to school programs, such as the NY Thursdays program facilitated by the Food and Health Network and Broome-Tioga BOCES' Rock on Café. This week, the economic benefits to farmers will be...

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November News from Our Network

Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben is hiring for SNAP-Ed Senior Nutritionist Regional Supervisor! You can find more information about this position by clicking here. VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, in Binghamton, is seeking motivated people...

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Volunteer Generation Fund Training Offers Learning and Connection

One of my main roles as Community Food Coordinator is to provide capacity building and technical assistance to partner organizations throughout our service area. Much of this work is funded through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF), a unique grant program that provides resources focused on eliminating the root causes of hunger. We were fortunate to be one of the 11 recipients of the previous round of funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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