Food and Health Network of South Central NY
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Thank you to the Broome County Council of Churches for hosting our annual meeting!
Happy New Year! We hope 2015 is off to a great start. If you caught our December e-newsletter, you know that the Food and Health Network is starting the year off with the exciting addition of a new full-time staff Coordinator. This position is made possible by the generosity of the Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation, which you can read more about below. We are very happy to announce that Erin Summerlee has been hired to fill this new role. Many of you know Erin from her two years of AmeriCorps service as our Education Coordinator, and we are excited to have her on board. You can reach Erin at [email protected] or 607-692-7669.  Lastly, we would also like to thank Ariela Yomtovian, our former FaHN AmeriCorps VISTA, for her exceptional service and contributing her many talents to the Food and Health Network.  
We've been working hard over the past few months to meet our 2015 Membership & Sponsorship Campaign goal of $10,000, and to fill the Coordinator position. Hiring a full- time staff member is a huge achievement for FaHN and an important step towards scaling up regional food system work, but we still need your investment to increase food security, strengthen our farm and food economy, and improve health. FaHN's success is dependent on community support and participation, and your continued membership and sponsorship is critical as we expand our services to include increasing the number of children served through summer food service programs and food policy advocacy. In 2015 we will also continue to support farm to school initiatives, conduct needs assessments and education, and provide a thoughtful forum for collaboration.

If you haven't submitted your 2015 Membership and/or Sponsorship contribution, please do so today. Pledge forms can be found on our website by clicking here, and you can use Paypal to easily submit your Membership or Sponsorship online.

Thank you to all of the organizations and individuals listed below who have submitted their 2015 membership and/or sponsorship contributions.

Food and Health Network Awarded Grant from the Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation!

We are very excited to announce that FaHN has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation. The three-year grant supports the establishment of the first FaHN Coordinator position and collaborative efforts to reduce hunger in Broome County. Thank you to the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation for your generosity and investment in FaHN and the development of a healthy, viable and just food system.


FaHN Presents at the NYS Council on Food Policy Annual Winter Meeting
On Friday, January 16th, the Food and Health Network had the opportunity to attend the NYS Council on Food Policy Annual Winter meeting at Broome County Cornell Cooperative Extension. FaHN Steering Committee members presented to the council and attendees about the Network, food security, and farm to school, and offered policy recommendations. It was a great experience, and we learned about  many exciting initiatives across the state. FaHN would like to thank NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, and members of the NYS Council on Food Policy. You can view our presentation and policy recommendations here.
Members of the Farm to School team at the Council on Food Policy meeting. From left to right: Sarah Johnson, NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets; Mary McFadden, Broome County Health Department; Ray Denniston, BT-BOCES Food Service; Erin Summerlee, FaHN: Jack Salo, Rural Health Network of SCNY.  

Members of the Food and Health Network having fun at the NYS Council on Food Policy meeting! From left to right: Matt Griffin, Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Ray Denniston, Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service.  


Opportunities to improve food access: AmeriCorps and VISTA positions with FaHN 
We are currently recruiting for two exciting Rural Health Service Corps (AmeriCorps) positions. The 900 hour Food Access Coordinator will begin in March 2015, and the full-time VISTA member will begin in August 2015. You can view both position descriptions and apply online here. 
News and Events  
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February Food and Health Network Meeting 

Date:        Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time:        2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Tioga County Office Building, Legislative Conference Room
                 56 Main Street, Owego, NY

Please join the Food and Health Network our first meeting of 2015! This is an important meeting as we will be reviewing and voting on the 2015 FaHN work plan and budget, setting policy priorities for the year, and discussing funding opportunities. We have lots of exciting news to share, including a trip to D.C., a new summer food service initiative, and more! Please join us in Owego to share your valuable input, learn, and enjoy tasty local food.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 607-692-7669 by Tuesday, February 24th.   

VINES Annual Meeting, Potluck & Seed Swap
Feb 19, 6:00PM, United Presbyterian Church, Binghamton
Feeding Our Future Network Event:
Food & Youth
Feb 24, 4:30-7:30PM
Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Save the Date
Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Growing Markets 2015" Annual Hobart Farmers' Lunch

When: 10:30am - 2:00pm. Registration begins at 10:00am.
Where: Hobart Community Center, 80 Cornell Ave, Hobart, NY.
SNAP for Direct Marketing Farmers and Farmers Markets - Free Webinars from the Farmers Market Federation of NY
USDA Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series- view the webinars here. 
Join us for a FREE half-day conference and luncheon for farmers and members of the regional food community presented in partnership by the Hobart Rotary Club and The Food and Health Network.
Contact [email protected] for more information or register here for the event.
Grants, Opportunities, and Resources

Let us know if you are interested in applying for a food/health-related funding opportunity! The Food and Health Network is here to facilitate effective, regional collaboration.
We'd love to assist in connecting you with other organizations in our region that can strengthen your application and build your project's capacity and resources. 

USDA NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program, enroll by Feb. 27, 2015. Sign up here.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
, Due March 12, 2015. View the opportunity here.

VINES Internships: Urban Farm Assistant Manager (summer only) and Farm Share Food Systems Internship (summer, fall). Deadline to apply for all internships is March 15th. Learn more here.

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program, Due March 17, 2015. View the RFA here.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Food Security Grants, letter of intent is due April 2, 2015, and full applications are due June 4, 2015. View the RFA here.

Rural Health Service Corps - Full and part time opportunities, View available positions here.

"The Cream of the Crop from Barn to Shop: Value Added Dairy Accessing NYC Markets," view the new report from the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) here.

Everyone is a food system stakeholder, and we invite you to join FaHN as a 2015 member  
or sponsor.
Thank you to everyone who has already joined for 2015. Your support is critical to our shared efforts to reduce hunger, improve health, and promote sustainable economic development. If you haven't joined yet, become a new or renewed member or sponsor TODAY!

2015 Members and Sponsors

Organizational Members
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE)
Chenango County Health Department
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valley's Health Coalition
Tioga County Hunger Coalition
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
 VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments

Individual Members
Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Mark Bordeau
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Sonia Janiszewski
Kevin Millar
Ann Moring
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti

Diane Albrecht
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Susan Beaudoin
Diane Crews
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles and Mary Place
John and Linda Roush
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Lauren Tonti

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