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This Week in Farm to School: 7/23/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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. 

National Farm to School Network News
1. Meet Our National Farm to School Network Interns!
National Farm to School Network is excited to be working with three interns to support our policy, programs and communications work this summer. On our blog, meet Jacquelyn Sullivan (Zero Hunger Intern, Congressional Hunger Center), Jenileigh Harris, and Mackenize Martinez (Partnership Communications Intern, Intertribal Agriculture Council). Read more here.

2. National Farm to School Network Receives Donation from National Co+op Grocers To Launch Equity Learning Lab
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) and partners within the natural/organic foods industry have made a generous contribution to the National Farm to School Network to fund a new equity learning lab, aimed at advancing equity within the farm to school movement. NCG led the fundraising effort as part of its annual grocery and wellness conference and tradeshow, Co+nvergence, held on June 26 in St. Paul, Minn. Read more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019. 

3. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research
1. EQUITY Webinar Recording: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
This webinar recording provides an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Two food system leaders also share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. This webinar was sponsored by the national Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup committee and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Watch the recording here.

2. Webinar Recording: Kick off the Summer with Farm to Head Start and Early Care and Education!
Farm to early care and education (ECE) includes the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food, nutrition, and agriculture learning activities to promote health and wellness and enhance the quality of ECE settings. How can a Farm to Head Start/ECE help your program serve fresh, local food? Learn how it works through presentations from national experts and Head Start program examples. This webinar was sponsored by USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Head Start, and National Farm to School Network. Watch the recording here


Policy News
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR 
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3220) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here

2. USDA Announces 2019 Farm to School Grant Awards
National Farm to School Network congratulations the record-breaking 126 awardees of the 2019 USDA Farm to School Grants, announced last week. This included 19 NFSN Core and Supporting Partner Organizations and the National Farm to School Network! Read more about the 2019 awards - and the importance of Congress continuing to support this highly impactful program - on our blog


Job Opportunities
1. Program Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (Alexandria, VA)
This position is located in Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). FNS serves as the Nation's first line of defense against hunger. Through the agency's nutrition assistance programs, FNS provides children and needy families' access to food and a more healthful lifestyle. FNCS Headquarters Offices provide the policies and regulatory support regarding the nutrition assistance program administrated through Congressional action. Learn more and apply here

2. Junior Associate, Public Health, Bloomberg Philanthropies (New York, NY)
Bloomberg Philanthropies seeks a Junior Associate to support the Program Manager for the Obesity Prevention program. H/she will provide program management support, high level administrative support, research and analysis. Strong written and oral communications, attention to detail, flexibility/availability and project management skills are a must. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Locally-raised bison meat to be introduced into Oklahoma lunch program
The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami Public Schools will develop a partnership to facilitate planning the introduction and regular consumption of locally raised bison meat into the student lunch program. (The Miami News - Record)

Minnesota kids enjoy locally grown food
Last week was Farm to Summer Week in Minnesota, and children throughout the state ate locally grown foods to celebrate. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. "When school's not in session, a lot of kids are at risk of going hungry. So what we're trying to do is take advantage of the summer growing season here in Minnesota by incorporating items grown by local farmers in those summer food service meals." (Public News Service)

Maine students learning how to farm and grow crops
"This program is actually very important to this community. Because there are a lot of people out there who can't get good food. A lot of people are suffering from food inequality. What we're trying to do is basically we're trying to get more food out there for people who truly need it," said Randi Bolen, an incoming Junior. (WABI

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.

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