This Week in Farm to School: 5/5/20
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community.
Grants & Funding
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund
Deadline: May 10
National Farm to School Network has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support organizations in continuing their important farm to school and farm to ECE work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any organization working to support farm to school / farm to ECE efforts is eligible to apply, with priority being given to current NFSN Core and Supporting Partners, as well as organizations serving American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian populations within urban, rural and tribal jurisdictions (including schools, farmers/producers and community-based organizations and Tribal entities). The application deadline is May 10, 2020. Learn more here. Donations to support NFSN's COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made here.
2. COVID-19 GENYOUth Emergency School Nutrition Funding
GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need. Learn more here.
3. COVID-19 EQUITY NDN Collective's COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis. Grants are available to support medical supplies, food delivery, youth and/or Elder care, educational access, economic relief and more. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020. Learn more here. Donations to support NDN's Collective's COVID-19 Response Project can be made here.
4. EQUITY Native American Agriculture Fund 2020 Request for Applications
Deadline: June 1
NAFF is a private, charitable trust serving Native farmers and ranchers through strategic grantmaking. Grants are available to eligible grant recipients in the mission areas of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services. NAFF will also be accepting applications across four special emphasis areas: Traditional Foods and Food Sovereignty; Advocacy; Agriculture Extension; and Youth (available in a separate application process). Learn more here.
5. "One Planet. One Health" Initiative
Deadline: June 22
Danone Institute North America – a non-profit innovation center established by Danone North America – is soliciting proposals for its second annual “One Planet. One Health” Initiative, which offers academic-based teams the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate actionable community-based projects that drive the sustainability of local food systems. The grant will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. The four teams selected will each receive grants of $20,000 to implement their projects and amplify their messages to a broader audience – plus a $10,000 incremental award for the team with the strongest communications plan. Learn more and apply here.
Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Guiding Native Farmers Through COVID-19 Relief & Recovery
Native American Agriculture Fund and Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative are pairing with Farm Aid and Farmers' Legal Action Group to walk through COVID-19 relief and recovery for Native farmers and ranchers. Register here.
2. EQUITY Webinar Series from the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
April - August 2020
Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust is hosting a webinar series to dive deep into some of the strategies they're employing, such as Reparations, Cultural Respect Easements, Cooperative Land Tenure, and building a new economy that centers BIPOC experiences and knowledges. Featuring land and food sovereignty activists such as David Ragland, Stephanie Morningstar, Ramona Peters, Carmen Mouzon, Karen Washington, Christine Hutchinson, and Leah Penniman, you will have an opportunity to meet the food and land sovereignty change makers who work every day to make land, food, and community wealth accessible to Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Register for webinars here.
3. COVID-19 Weekly Virtual Gatherings: School Garden Support Organization Network
The School Garden Support Organization Network is hosting weekly gatherings on topics related to supporting school gardens during closures and social distancing. The next gathering is on May 6. Learn more and watch recordings here.
4. COVID-19 WEBINAR: Communication and Outreach During COVID-19
May 7 // 3pm EST
As schools remain closed due to COVID-19 -- and with many states announcing that they will stay closed for the rest of the school year -- it is important that schools, sponsors, and advocates maintain communication with families about the availability of meals through the child nutrition programs. This webinar will highlight strategies and best practices for getting the word out as things continue to evolve. Register here.
5. COVID-19 National Education Association (NEA) Education Support Professionals Quality (ESPQ) Department Center for Great Public Schools Webinar: School Meal Policy in the COVID-19 Era
May 7 // 7pm EST
This webinar will explore the policy and practice of feeding hungry children in the midst of an epidemic. What intelligent and pressing advocacy has the NEA Government Relations engaged in? How have food service workers met the challenges in spite of obstacles and risks? NEA lobbyist, Christin Driscoll, NEA New Mexico Director of Instruction and Professional Learning, Ignacio Sanchez, and Angelica Castañon, Senior Policy Analyst with NEA’s Education Policy and Practice, will lead this timely and lively discussion. Register here.
6. COVID-19 Webinar: Produce in a Pandemic: Providing Children with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables During COVID-19 School Closures
May 13 // 2pm EST
Across the country school, nutrition professionals are doing incredible work to ensure children in their communities have access to meals during COVID-19 school closures. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a balanced meal and a required meal pattern component. This SNA webinar, made possible in partnership with School Nutrition Association and United Fresh Produce Association, will highlight how several school nutrition programs are sourcing and serving fresh produce, and share how produce companies are working with school nutrition customers and supply chain partners during this unprecedented time. Register here.
Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN Farm to School / ECE & COVID-19 Resource Hub
National Farm to School Network has launched a new page on our website dedicated to making it easier for you to find all of the resources, information, and news you need to support your community food systems work during the COVID-19 pandemic. See more here.
2. COVID-19 NFSN New Weekly COVID-19 & Farm to School Resource E-Newsletter
National Farm to School Network is launching a free weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of new COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.
3. COVID-19 NFSN Infographic: How to Create a Mutual Aid Pod in Your Community
Farm to school, at its core, is about relationships: relationships that benefit children and families while strengthening local community food systems. In times of crisis, these community-based relationships are even more vital in supporting continued healthy food access, community well being, and producer viability. Models like mutual aid bring people in communities together so no one goes hungry. Learn about starting a Mutual Aid Pod in your neighborhood with this new infographic.
4. COVID-19 NASDA: State Departments of Ag Create Solutions to Food Supply Chain Disruptions
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) members are developing creative solutions to market and distribute food through safe, efficient, and innovative approaches – including the “Million Dollar Wisconsin Dairy Recovery Partnership," Florida's "Farm to You" commodities list, and the “Seed to Supper” in New Mexico. See many more examples here.
5. Educational Greenhouse Program Survey
Deadline: May 8
The U.S. Botanic Garden and City Blossoms would like to survey educators (including formal classroom educators, specialists and organizations partnering with schools, or anyone else who identifies as an educator) who would like to develop an educational greenhouse program. If this sounds like you, please take this SURVEY that will help us plan trainings around growing and teaching in a greenhouse. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes. Please respond by Friday, May 8th.
1. COVID-19 NFSN Local Policy Ask Template in Response to COVID-19
National Farm to School Network has compiled local policy asks to create a COVID-19 Local Response Template for advocates. The asks in this template have been pulled together with the support of over 20 local organizations, and reflect policy concerns beyond just farm to school, as we understand that food justice is tied to the larger justice conversation. Advocates are encouraged to pull ideas from this template, making changes and additions as needed, to address the needs of your community. See more here.
2. COVID-19 NFSN COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As the federal government continues to develop legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, National Farm to School Network urges policymakers to respond to this emergency in ways that will advance a more just food system. Read our COVID-19 federal policy platform here.
3. COVID-19 NFSN Policy FAQ: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19
National Farm to School Network is compiling policy-related questions and answers for how COVID-19 is impacting farm to school and farm to ECE efforts. In this document, find a summary of information about how the federal government has done so far to allow farm to school and ECE programs to adapt; what resources are available to farmers who are suffering losses as a result of school and program closures; and more. See more here.
4. COVID-19 EQUITY Intertribal Agriculture Council Loan Relief Call to Action
The Intertribal Agriculture Council is seeking your support for a common-sense solution that will provide meaningful, timely assistance to nearly all of the 80,000 Indian Producers, countless other farmers and ranchers across the country. This solution would reduce loan payments for all borrowers for 2020 and 2021 and allow for planning in this time of uncertainty. View the call to action and sign-on here.
5. Article: Ensuring Equitable Access to School Meals
This article in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides an overview of the increasing prevalence of unpaid meal debt and associated lunch shaming within our nation’s schools, and the Academy’s current policy stance to address this issue, developed by the Child Nutrition Reauthorization working group and approved by the Academy Board of Directors. The Academy advocates for addressing the root cause of lunch shaming, which is unpaid meal debt, and thereby supports equitable access to school meals by expanding and strengthening universal school meal policies and programs and the Community Eligibility Provision. Read more here.
1. Congressional Hunger Center, Director, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship (Washington, D.C.)
The Hunger Center seeks a Director of the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship who will lead the design of programmatic goals and strategy; fellow recruitment, selection, and advising; host organization recruitment and selection; program budget, administration and reporting; and strategic partnerships. Learn more and apply here.
2. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Director (Washington, D.C.)
This Division supports the mission of ARC through management of economic development projects. This position is responsible for providing strategic direction, operational management and personnel leadership of the Division. This position works collaboratively to plan, develop, execute and evaluate regional economic development strategies aligned with ARC’s priorities and strategic plan. The division is responsible for program grants management activities including coordination with State ARC Offices, other federal agencies, the Office of the Federal Co-Chair, and grantees. This position reports to the Executive Director and manages a team of administrative and professional positions. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
COVID-19 PODCAST: Local Food Fuels Meals for Kids
ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) shares how in response to school closures, Buncombe County School Nutrition quickly pivoted to provide free meals to students—open to any child in the area, from birth to 18 years old. Since March 15th, they’ve served a total of 413,009 meals with breakfast and lunch combined. Listen here.
COVID-19 Community Health Collective Roots4Change Launches “Farms to Families” Initiative for Immigrant Families
A new emergency initiative provides fresh, healthy, locally grown food to Latino and Indigenous residents and families hard-hit by job loss and food insecurity. (Madison 365)
COVID-19 'They Need Our Help': Free Meals During Coronavirus Will Cost Baltimore-Area Schools Millions Without Aid
Maryland schools have been feeding whole families and neighborhoods instead of just their students, but because the U.S. Department of Agriculture reimburses schools for meals on a per-student basis, schools in Maryland and around the country are bracing for tens of millions of dollars in losses from their food programs, unless they receive additional funding. (Baltimore Sun)
COVID-19 NFSN Share Your Story: Farm to School and ECE During COVID-19
Communities across the country are demonstrating innovation and resilience as they continue to connect children and families to local foods and education opportunities and support local producers. National Farm to School Network wants to hear from you about what food systems resilience looks like in your community. If you have a farm to school, farm to ECE or community food systems story to share, please share it with us using this brief form.
Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.