Food System Focus Area: Policy, Advocacy and Organizing

Securing a Seat at the NEASDA / NASDA Table

CFF is working with Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders (SAFSF) and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) to ensure the presence of 'good food' advocates at the annual meetings convening the heads of state departments of agriculture. The following letter was shared with the wider CFF network on behalf of Christine James, Executive Director of the John Merck Fund.

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Recap: Food as a Community Building Tool

CFF partnered with Philanthropy New York to host a briefing about community-building practices that use food as the primary tool. Rick Luftglass (Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund) moderated a panel comprised of Ben Thomases (Executive Director, Queens Community House), Robin Berger (Interim Executive Director, Just Food), and Nicholas Freudenberg (Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute). This program intentionally drew a distinction between community building and community organizing, while recognizing that those lines are often blurred.

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Food As A Community-Building Tool, 12/8

Join a panel of practitioners and evaluators to hear about successes in using food to engage their respective communities to advance communal health, support community members to become leaders and advocates, and cultivate a more just food environment for community members.

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Urban Agriculture & Social Justice Activism, 10/5

A new book by Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen, Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice in New York City, argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change. Please join us for a casual evening of wine and cheese and a discussion with the authors of Beyond The Kale.

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Recap: South Bronx Learning Tour

On August 4th, CFF and Philanthropy New York hosted a day-long South Bronx Learning Tour to highlight people and organizations using food as a vehicle to bring residents together and catalyze change in their neighborhoods. Twenty-five funders participated in the bus tour that included six stops and nine organizations across the South Bronx. Working on issues such as restorative justice, female empowerment, youth development, economic development, health and nutrition, and more, these groups were growing food, cooking meals, working with bodegas, running farmers’ markets, and creating buying clubs to achieve their goals.

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40 Under 40: Rising Stars of NYC Food Policy

The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College released its inaugural class of New York City’s 40 under 40 who are working to transform the food system. The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College honorees include policymakers, educators, community advocates, farmers and innovators who are making significant strides to create healthier, more sustainable food environments, and who use food to promote community and economic development.

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