On February 1st, CFF partnered with Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) to host an event titled Northeast Food Movement Organizing. Twenty participants gathered in-person and online to hear about new initiatives and opportunities to engage the leaders of state agriculture departments and help build a regional coalition of non-profits at the same time.
Join Community Food Funders and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) for a discussion on the role philanthropy can play in working with our state policymakers in supporting the good food systems work of our grantees. We will hear from SAFSF Executive Director Virginia Clarke who has spearheaded the effort to sponsor the annual NASDA meetings and send a local cohort of food systems advocates to each meeting since 2014. We will also hear a debrief on the 2017 NEASDA meeting from a group of advocates who attended under CFF sponsorship, including NESAWG Executive Director Tracy Lerman.
On October 4, CFF partnered with WhyHunger and Philanthropy New York to host a meeting titled Big Hunger about the new book by Andy Fisher, Big Hunger The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America And Anti-Hunger Groups. Following a presentation about his research and findings, Andy was joined on a panel by Liz Schalet of Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and filmmaker Lori Silverbush. The panel was moderated by Alison Cohen of WhyHunger. You can find a video recording of the briefing below.
On September 13th, CFF and Philanthropy New York hosted a day-long Food Distribution and Infrastructure Tour of the South Bronx to learn about some of the current and future food distribution systems utilized in NYC, as well as other infrastructure projects and small-scale supply chain models. Thirty-five funders participated in the bus tour that included four stops and seven organizations working in the Hunts Point and Bronx River sections of the South Bronx.
Join us on October 4th for a discussion with Andy Fisher about his research and findings, and hear a response from a panel of emergency food practitioners and academics.
Last summer CFF organized a tour of the South Bronx to visit organizations working on urban agriculture and food access projects. This tour will focus on food distribution and infrastructure, from large regional-scale developments to creative edible landscaping and community-based supply chain projects
On June 1st, over 60 CFF members got together with some of our partners in the field and the public sector at Project Farmhouse for the 5th CFF Annual Gathering. Delicious drinks and appetizers were supplied by Cleaver Co. while people mingled and discussed their work. The evening featured a presentation by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm,
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Soul Fire Farm of Grafton, NY has been named the inaugural winner of the Community Food Funders Champions Award! Eight funders in the CFF network comprised the selection committee, and ultimately chose Soul Fire Farm in recognition of their commitment to equity, ecology, and economy; a triple bottom line approach to food systems change.
This year CFF is excited to be hosting our 5th Annual Gathering! Please join us to celebrate accomplishments from the past year and hear from your colleagues about different strategies being used to impact our regional food system. New this year, we will be featuring the recipient of our inaugural Community Food Funders Champions Award!
Whether your focus is on nutrition or hunger, food chain workers or farmland preservation, emergency food or food waste, we all have a part to play in creating the just food system that everyone deserves. We encourage your attendance whether you’re a long-time CFF member or just entering the field of food systems change.
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.