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February 21, 2012

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USDA Grants Support Local Efforts to Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity

Sixth National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

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USDA Grants Support Local Efforts to Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving 27 local organizations grants to build community food systems and fight hunger and food insecurity. The awards were granted by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Community Food Projects program. The new projects, totaling $4.8 million, include a teen-run community kitchen incubator, faith-based community food assessments, a program to help indigenous people return to healthful eating and a youth-led food security movement. For the last 15 years, Community Food Projects have been funded in nearly 350 communities in 48 states.

The goals of the Community Food Projects program are to: meet the food needs of low-income individuals; increase the food self-reliance of low-income communities; promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues; and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs relating to infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions and the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

To learn more, visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/newsroom/news/2012news/02151_cfp.html

Sixth National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Communities across the country are digging in to farm-to-cafeteria programs—in schools, preschools, hospitals, colleges, prisons and other institutions. On August 2-5, 2012, the National Farm to School Network will host the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Burlington, Vermont. The conference will bring together foodservice professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers and more to learn about and be part of this rapidly growing movement.

The conference will feature skill-building short courses, field trips to Vermont farms and institutions, inspiring speakers and a diverse workshop program. Participants will meet and network with folks who are working hard to connect their communities to local, farm-fresh food.

For more information, or to submit workshop and poster proposals, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org. The deadline for proposals is March 7.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

February 26-28: FRAC National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.
TBD: 2013 CNIC Planning Meeting, San Antonio, Texas


 
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