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NFSN Staff Thursday, November 19, 2020

 

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This Week in Farm to School is a weekly e-newsletter roundup of opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement.  Anyone can now sign up to receive the This Week in Farm to School weekly e-newsletter. 

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This Week in Farm to School: 9/30/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 29, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3.  Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity, RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Elections 2020: What's Food & Agriculture Got to Do With It? a Teach-in on Electoral Strategy to Reshape Our Food & Farm Systems
September 29 // 2pm ET
Join HEAL Food Alliance in what’s sure to be an energizing session where we’ll learn about how elections shape our food and farm systems - and how people who care about food and farm systems can shape the election. Participants will learn to build their individual or organizational voter mobilization strategy. Organizations will also receive a brief explainer on the limits and possibilities around electoral organizing as a 501c(3). Register here.

2. Webinar: Farm to Food Bank Projects in California & Arizona: The Impact on Farmers and Hunger Relief
September 29 // 3pm ET
Since the start of the pandemic, many social entrepreneurs have focused on linking surplus food from farmers with hunger relief efforts. New programs have begun, and existing ones have been expanded.  In the second part of this webinar series, ECO Farm will host a panel to examine the practicalities and politics of these farm to food bank programs. Explore whether these are good markets for farmers, and ultimately whether they make for good nutrition assistance as well. Learn more and register.

3. Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts' Virtual Seafood Throwdown
September 29 // 7pm ET
Join SBN for a virtual celebration of local seafood and ingredients! Joined by Chef Annabel Rabiyah of Awafi Kitchen and Chef Ricardo Monroy, the two chefs will face off against each other in a chef throwdown that will feature the use of fresh local seafood and local ingredients. Learn more and RSVP. 

4. Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8 // 11am ET
The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register. 

5. Virtual Listening Session for Illinois Farmers and Ranchers Selling to Local Food Markets
September 30 // 9pm ET
Are you a farmer, rancher, or urban farm in Illinois selling products to the local food market? Do you have concerns about crop insurance or ideas on how it should be reformed to meet your unique needs? Join USDA's Risk Management Agency's final listening session will focus on how existing crop insurance programs can be improved, as well as exploring the possibility of a new crop insurance program. The feedback received will help identify potential changes and/or additions to insurance options for producers supplying local markets. Learn more and access the Zoom link.

6. Webinar: Financing and Land Access Inequities
October 1 // 12pm ET
Join Penn State Extension for the third part of four-part webinar series: Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System. The series will cover the many ways that racism and injustice impact farming and food systems in the United States. In this webinar we will examine the history of agricultural land ownership disparities and historical lockouts of financing with private institutions and the USDA.  Panelists will speak on their own experiences with operating a farm project, funding, and financing a farm startup. Register here.

7. Webinar Training: Make Yourself Obsolete: Shifting Power from Non-Profit Leadership to Community Leadership
Oct. 1 & 8 // 3-4:30pm ET
Wondering what the right role for your community based nonprofit is? Or what it might look like to transfer power and ownership to the community you’re serving? Join the Wallace Center’s Food Systems Leadership Network and Kitchen Table Consulting, LLC for a two-part, interactive training on strategies that non-profit leaders can use to transfer decision making power and sovereignty to the communities in which they work. Register here.

8. Webinar: Get Out the Vote: Opportunities to Mobilize People
October 6 // 3pm ET
Join Coalition on Human Needs, Food Research & Action Center, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and NETWORK for a webinar focused on elevating ideas on how and why 501(c)(3) organizations can support -- in nonpartisan ways that are mission-aligned -- voter registration, voter mobilization, and voting. Identify strategies, tools, and resources that social justice organizations can use to support this vital work, especially in the time of COVID-19 when people and organizations are particularly stretched from responding to unprecedented needs. Register here.

9. Virtual 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium
Every Wednesday in October
In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate, hosted by the Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, has been modified to an online format scheduled for each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Live keynote speakers will be featured each Wednesday accompanied by breakout discussions and poster sessions. Cost for access to all live and recorded presentations is $100 for professionals and $50 for students (includes AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members), with a price increase after September 18. Recorded sessions will become available next week. Learn more and register. 

10. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.


Research & Resources 
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org. 

2. COVID-19 Regenerative Agriculture and COVID-19 Capital Needs: Assessing Needs in the Regenerative Meat and Grain Sectors to Direct Capital Flows
To better understand and capture capital needs of current operators in the agricultural value chain during the pandemic, Croatan Institute conducted original research focused on the regenerative livestock and grain sectors. The latest Croatan Institute White Paper, Regenerative Agriculture and COVID-19 Capital Needs, presents an analysis of the survey results, combined with findings from in-depth interviews with individuals representing farming to processing to distributions interests. It highlights the greatest needs in the regenerative meat and grain sectors to direct the capital flows required to support the growth of these emerging sectors. Learn more.

3. COVID-19 Considerations for Outdoor Learning Gardens and Community Gardens
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges across the United States. Access to healthy food options and nutrition are an important part of health and well-being. Outdoor learning and community gardens help fill nutritional gaps in places where access to healthy food may be limited, provide recreation and stress reduction opportunities, and provide a safe outdoor learning environment, external icon especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Garden managers should consider the recommendations to help ensure a safe learning environment and access to healthy food, while helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

4. Documentary: Kiss the Ground
Recently released on Netflix, Kiss the Ground is an optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis. Read a review from The New York Times and view the trailer. You can view this recently released film on Netflix.

5. REAWAKENED
Across the globe, the shift has begun. Crops forgotten over the past half-century are being reawakened. Farmers are learning that many of these undervalued crops have the power to combat hunger, respond to climate change, promote biodiversity, provide women with livelihoods, and support healthier and more secure food systems. To share this story, the Lexicon formed the REAWAKENED FOOD INITIATIVE (RFI) with support from dozens of companies, government agencies and NGOs including Crop Trust, Crops for the Future, Food Forever, Bioversity International, GFAR, and Slow Food. 

6. 2021 Northeast Farm to Institution Summit Call for Proposals Now Open
Deadline: November 23
The biennial Farm to Institution Summit gathers hundreds of stakeholders working across the food chain to transform our regional food system. The Summit is a place to share innovative ideas, strengthen relationships, create collective action, brainstorm solutions, and nourish the network. Submit a proposal idea that brings the Northeast together to build a just and sustainable food system with the power of our institutions. All kinds of sessions are welcome: traditional workshops, roundtable conversations, lightning talks, stories, cooking demos, tours, recreational and healing activities (games, yoga, meditation!). Learn more.

7. Application open for 2020 REGENERATE Conference HERD Fellowship Program!
Deadline: September 30
The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2020 REGENERATE HERD Fellowship, which provides scholarships for beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the virtual 2020 REGENERATE Conference from October 26-November 20! Learn more and apply.

8. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Launches New Online Climate Change and Food System Innovation Hub
On this website, you’ll find information about how CEFS initiatives and research programs are working to address climate change, specific strategies to increase the resiliency of farms and food systems, and a list of other organizations working on climate change in the food system. Learn more.



Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here

2. Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020
In June 2020, U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which will break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. Stakeholders around the nation have come together to draft a sign on letter and factsheet to address some of the limitations of the Act and how it could wind up being more harmful than helpful.

3. COVID-19 House of Representatives Takes Important Steps to Address Childhood Hunger in Continuing Resolution
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT), which provides families an EBT card to purchase food to replace the school meals their children are missing while learning remotely, has been extended through Fiscal Year 2021. The Continuing Resolution makes a number of improvements to P-EBT including: providing benefits to children who have a reduction in the number of days or hours they are physically in school or child care; allowing Puerto Rico and other territories to implement P-EBT; and providing funding to cover states’ administrative costs. Read more.

4. 10 Cents a Meal: Michigan Legislature Passes Statewide Expansion
The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday passed the 2021 state budget and included expansion of 10 Cents a Meal so that it is available for grant applicants statewide! It included $2 million in funding for the program and also made it available to early child care centers for the first time. The bill is waiting for the Governor's signature. Learn more.



Jobs & Opportunities
1. NFSN Program Manager, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of farm to school projects and ensure the project goals align with National Farm to School Network's mission and strategic priorities. The current portfolio program areas include Native Communities and agricultural producers. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Open until filled. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Program Associate, National Farm to School Network (Remote, Part-Time)
The Program Associate will implement National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project to scale up and institutionalize culturally significant farm to school programs throughout the entire school environment and ultimately improve the nutritional health and wellness of Native youth. The Program Associate will work at the local level to expand farm to school activities: Procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and agriculture and nutrition education. This is nonexempt, part-time (20 hours/week) position with a limited term ending 3/31/22. Learn more and apply here.

3. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more and apply here

4. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan) 
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. Learn more and apply here.

5. Advisors for Institutional Investment Accelerator Program, Wallace Center
Deadline: Oct. 12, 6pm ET
The Wallace Center is launching a new initiative aimed at catalyzing and increasing institutional investment to accelerate the development of more equitable food systems. At the core of this initiative is a cohort of six teams doing this work in their communities. As part of this program, Wallace Center is seeking advisors to support the development of the program and work with cohort team. Advisors should have deep experience working with teams and knowledge of one or more of the following areas: Institutional procurement, value chain coordination, financing food businesses and infrastructure, and developing cross-sector partnerships. The advisors would bring an anti-racist lens to their work, with a demonstrated track record of working with leaders of color and centering racial equity. Engagement for this project is November 2020 - July 2022. Applications are open through Oct. 12. Learn more here

6. Local Foods Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) (Butte, Montana)
NCAT is seeking a Local Foods Specialist to work on local food projects with partners around Montana. NCAT works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy. The Local Foods Specialist will be a regular, full-time position based at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana. The position will be working to grow Montana’s farm-to-institution movement by collaborating with a statewide network of foodservice professionals, farmers and ranchers, and leaders in the local food movement. Apply here.

In the News
Marion Nestle Imagines an ‘Enlightened’ Approach to National Food Policy
In her latest book, ‘Let’s Ask Marion,’ Nestle answers all your burning food policy questions—and makes a case for a singular national food policy agency. (Civil Eats)

Opinion: The Federal Government Is Failing Communities Suffering From Food Insecurity
Food insecurity is not an acute emergency, but rather a chronic condition for low-income Americans that existed long before the current public health emergency. (The Appeal)

Neftalí Durán is Using Indigenous Wisdom to Educate Eaters and Address Inequity
The food activist and co-founder of the I-Collective sees the work of his elders as the foundation for promoting economic, racial, and environmental justice. (Civil Eats)



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.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/22/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 22, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3.  Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity, RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Beef Industry from Pasture to Plate
September 22 // 2:00pm ET
Raising beef is a complex process, and through it, one thing remains constant—the beef community’s commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane, and environmentally sustainable way. A panel of experts and chefs will share how cattle are raised and cared for and how beef gets to the plate. You’ll also hear how the industry is adjusting to respond to COVID-19. This webinar is hosted by the James Beard Foundation. Register here.

2. EQUITY NESAWG Sankofa Webinar Series: Youth and Food Justice Education
September 22 // 4-5:30pm ET
NESAWG is launching the first webinar from their new Sankofa Series on Tuesday, September 22, from 4-5:30pm. In this Back to School webinar, learn how education is the key as we take a look at food sovereignty from the youth of VietLead and their work at Resilient Roots Farm. Hear from Tobias Fox, founder of the Newark Science and Sustainability organization. He will share the importance of education in his work, teaching sustainable living practices and how we can create self-sustaining communities. Register here. 

3. COVID-19 Webinar: Educational Gardens Support of Food Relief During Covid 19
September 23 // 2pm ET
Join the School Garden Support Organization Network and other School Garden Support Organizations to learn and share how school and community garden programs are distributing their harvests to address food insecurity and provide food relief during Covid-19.This virtual gathering will share case studies from Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Denver Urban Gardens, and other willing attendees. Note your interest in sharing in the registration process and we will be in touch with you prior to the presentation. Register here.


4. EQUITY Black Farm Cooperatives: Tangible Solutions Webinar
September 23 // 2:30pm ET
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) will be co-hosting this webinar - it will be a virtual discussion to learn about the history of Black cooperative land ownership and its connection to racial equity in federal agriculture policy. Learn how cooperative farming and racial equity in federal food policy can create economic sustainability in Black communities. Register here.

5. Food Justice, Climate Change and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: A Workshop for Educators
September 23 // 3pm ET
The UN states, “Food is a life force for our families, cultures, and our communities. But profound changes in the way food is grown, processed, distributed, consumed, and wasted over the last several decades has led to increasing threats to a future of food that is sustainable, equitable, and secure.”  Join educators from Shelburne Farms, Northeast Climate Change Education Collaborative, and VT FEED to explore these ideas and learn how to support youth in bringing about a more just and sustainable food system. Register here.

6. COVID-19 USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) Producer Webinar
September 24 // 3pm ET
To introduce CFAP 2, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct a producer webinar Sept. 24, 2020 at  3 p.m. ET to discuss the expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply. Register here.

7. COVID-19 Stepping Up To Contract Seed Production: A Forum for Midwest Growers
September 24 // 4:30pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic increased demand for seeds in 2020 to an unprecedented degree. As seed companies assess their needs for replenishing seed stocks, farmers at all scales are considering producing seed for their own use or for sale to seed companies. This forum is designed to provide beginning or intermediate seed growers with a foundation in how to pursue, negotiate and deliver on seed contracts. The conversation is targeted toward growers in the Midwest region, but will be useful to growers in other regions as well. Learn more and register.

8.EQUITY Webinar: Increasing Equity in Community-Based Nutrition Research
September 25 // 12pm ET
Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies with strong potential to promote the health and well-being of children, and that advance health equity in the areas of nutrition, nutritional disparities, and food security. As a funding organization, HER has committed to funding research with an intentional health equity lens. But, what does this process really look like in action and how can researchers effectively contribute to equity? How does equity become part of the evidence base? Presenters in this webinar will describe a framework for increasing equity impact in research, share their experiences applying and carrying out principles of equitable evaluation in their own work, and address the added complexity of issues such as white privilege and institutional racism when designing and carrying out research. Register here. 

9. Webinar: More Politics on the Menu - Registered Dietitians and Agribusiness Sponsored Education
September 25 // 3pm ET
Join Prescott College's Food System Fridays webinar series for Episode 16 of the web series. This week’s episode features Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, who was featured in the Food Politics post on sponsored education for dieticians. She will speak about the educational process of RDs, the governance framework for dietitians and how she came to be involved in the emerging social movement among RDs to address sustainability in our diets. Register here.

10. Dig In! Conference 2020
September 26 // 8:30am-1pm ET
The Poe Center is excited to continue the tradition of the Dig In! conference, previously hosted by Advocates for Health in Action. Dig In! is an educational event focused on school, community, and childcare gardening, as well as urban agriculture. As a leader in nutrition education, the Poe Center’s work in our unique GrowWELL teaching garden and themed-educational theaters make us a great organization to host this inspiring online event. Learn more and purchase a ticket.

11. Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8 // 11am ET
The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register. 

12. Virtual 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium
Every Wednesday in October
In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate, hosted by the Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, has been modified to an online format scheduled for each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Live keynote speakers will be featured each Wednesday accompanied by breakout discussions and poster sessions. Cost for access to all live and recorded presentations is $100 for professionals and $50 for students (includes AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members), with a price increase after September 18. Recorded sessions will become available next week. Learn more and register. 

13. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.

14. Film Screening and Discussion: Just Eat It
October 16 // 7pm ET
Please join the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Merced for a panel discussion with producer Jen Rustemeyer from the documentary film, “Just Eat It”. The event will be held on World Food Day, 10/16 at 4 pm PST. It is free and open to the public. Please watch the film here and then join our panel discussion on October 16th via Zoom

15. COVID-19 Webinar Recording: How Schools Can Utilize USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes
The California Dairy Council hosted a webinar for school districts to learn how to leverage the USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Program (FFBP) to expand their business model to drive revenue while feeding children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar recording features Scott Berndt from Riverside Unified in Southern California, which is one of the only districts in the nation operating as an FFBP distributor.Information about the application process, as well as benefits and challenges of the program for a food service director or manager were shared. To view the recording, click here. 



Research & Resources 
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org. 

2. NFSN Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of strategies and activities that include increased access to fresh, local foods through local food procurement, gardening opportunities, and food and agriculture education activities. The new resource from National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group share the vision for long-term impacts of farm to ECE, offer a comprehensive list of key strategies to advance towards that vision, and to elevate examples and resources that demonstrate these key strategies in action. Download the resource

3. COVID-19 EQUITY Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis: A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning
The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators has created a “Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis” virtual guide that can help school administrators examine how to equitably meet the needs of all students in the 2020-21 school year. This guide pays particular attention to the digital divide, and provides strategies for ensuring equitable access to remote learning. Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators are encouraged to use this resource as a tool to help support  all students. Read the guide here.  

4. COVID-19 Survey: COVID-19 Impacts on Farmers Markets
Deadline: October 31
The Farmers Market Coalition is reaching out again to get a big picture sense of how farmers markets across the country are faring economically. If you are a market operator/manager with a market that was operational at any time during 2020, please take 20 minutes to complete this questionnaire. If you are a vendor at a farmers market, please send this survey on to your market manager/operator and ask them to complete it. The response data from this survey will inform FMC's future work and services, and will be shared with USDA agencies as well as national food systems networks and supporters. No individual organizational or market-level data will be made public and any state-level data will only be shared if enough responses from that area allow individual data to be kept anonymous. Contact Nina Budabin McQuown with questions. 

5. Report: Support Early Childhood Education Programs for Health and Well-Being of Georgia Families
The limited ability of many parents to have access to affordable, quality ECE was not created by the pandemic, but it has been amplified as a larger number of parents now struggle to balance work and caring for their children as schools moved to online instruction. With 657,304 children aged four and under and about 28 percent of ECE centers temporarily closed, Georgia’s working parents are feeling the stress on many levels. Read the full report here.

6. EQUITY Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series 
The American Public Health Association's Advancing Racial Equity webinar series takes an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity in the United States. To help you use the webinars to initiate or deepen anti-racism efforts in your organizations, schools and communities, we’ve developed a discussion guide to be used along with viewing the webinar recordings. The guide is primarily designed for public health students and professionals. However, many individuals and groups can also use the guide to launch meaningful conversations about racism and racial equity. 



Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here

2. Virginia House Bill to Guarantee Free School Meals to Students Advances to Senate
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill this month to provide free school meals for 109,000 more public school students in the commonwealth. House Bill 5113, introduced by Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, passed the chamber unanimously. Roem’s bill requires eligible public elementary and secondary schools to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. Read more.

3.  COVID-19 Upcoming Expiration for P-EBT Food Assistance for School Children Threatens Long-Term Ramifications
Public health advocates fear Congress will adjourn for fall break without first extending emergency food assistance that is set to expire at the end of the month – potentially leaving millions of families whose children rely on free or reduced school meals with insufficient food. Read more.

4. COVID-19 USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
Signup will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020, for this next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2). Producers whose agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for CFAP 2. Payments will be made for three categories of commodities: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. View the full announcement here.  Register for the 3pm ET September 24 informational webinar here.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. NFSN Program Manager, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of farm to school projects and ensure the project goals align with National Farm to School Network's mission and strategic priorities. The current portfolio program areas include Native Communities and agricultural producers. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Open until filled. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Program Associate, National Farm to School Network (Remote, Part-Time)
The Program Associate will implement National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project to scale up and institutionalize culturally significant farm to school programs throughout the entire school environment and ultimately improve the nutritional health and wellness of Native youth. The Program Associate will work at the local level to expand farm to school activities: Procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and agriculture and nutrition education. This is nonexempt, part-time (20 hours/week) position with a limited term ending 3/31/22. Learn more and apply here.

3. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more and apply here

4. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan) 
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. Learn more and apply here.

5. Advisors for Institutional Investment Accelerator Program, Wallace Center
Deadline: Oct. 12, 6pm ET
The Wallace Center is launching a new initiative aimed at catalyzing and increasing institutional investment to accelerate the development of more equitable food systems. At the core of this initiative is a cohort of six teams doing this work in their communities. As part of this program, Wallace Center is seeking advisors to support the development of the program and work with cohort team. Advisors should have deep experience working with teams and knowledge of one or more of the following areas: Institutional procurement, value chain coordination, financing food businesses and infrastructure, and developing cross-sector partnerships. The advisors would bring an anti-racist lens to their work, with a demonstrated track record of working with leaders of color and centering racial equity. Engagement for this project is November 2020 - July 2022. Applications are open through Oct. 12. Learn more here

6. Local Foods Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) (Butte, Montana)
NCAT is seeking a Local Foods Specialist to work on local food projects with partners around Montana. NCAT works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy. The Local Foods Specialist will be a regular, full-time position based at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana. The position will be working to grow Montana’s farm-to-institution movement by collaborating with a statewide network of foodservice professionals, farmers and ranchers, and leaders in the local food movement. Apply here.

In the News
15 Stories About How the Pandemic is Impacting Food and Farm Workers
If there’s one, unifying theme throughout the COVID-19 pandemic—beyond the importance of social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing—it’s that food and farmworkers are critically important and critically under-supported. (Civil Eats)

'A savagely broken food system': Cory Booker wants radical reform ... now
“Nobody seems to be calling out how multinational, vertically integrated industrial agricultural companies are threatening American wellbeing, and I just think that the more people learn about these practices, the more shocked they are. I don’t think most Americans realize that the way we raise animals is such a betrayal of the heritage of our grandparents. I don’t think they realize that … these big companies like Smithfield and Cargill and others have our American farmers now living like sharecroppers in constant debt, forced to follow their rules..." says Cory Booker. (The Guardian)

More Than 200 Meat Plant Workers in the U.S. Have Died of COVID-19. Federal Regulators Just Issued Two Modest Fines.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the plants failed to provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were working in close proximity to each other and were exposed to” the coronavirus. (The Washington Post)


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.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/15/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 15, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3.  Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity, RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Washington Post Facebook Live: Fighting Food Insecurity
September 15 // 12:45pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in the United States. General economic hardship, school closures and overwhelmed food banks have left the most vulnerable increasingly at risk. Join Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers who will explore unexpected aspects of food insecurity – from hidden hunger on college campuses to the impact on over 20 million American schoolchildren who rely on free or reduced price school meals. Learn more and register.

2. EQUITY Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System: History, Land Access, and Race
September 15 // 12pm ET
This webinar will examine the impact of the long history of structural and systemic racism within the food and agricultural systems on black and brown farmers in the United States. Panelists will share their lived experiences with racism in farming and food system work, as well as barriers faced in accessing resources needed to grow and succeed. This webinar is the first of a four-part series on Exploring Racial Equity and Access in our Food System. Learn more and register.

3. COVID-19 Virtual Gathering: In-Person Outdoor Instruction During Covid
September 16 // 2pm ET
This Virtual Gathering will start with an overview of resources shared via School Garden Support Organization Network's channels, then transition to quick overview of what a handful of organizations are doing already. If you'd like to share during this time, please indicate so in the registration. Lastly, there will be Breakout Rooms to brainstorm strategies together, and then share back to the whole group Register and learn more here!

4. Eat Local Massachusetts Presents: A Virtual Facility Tour of City Fresh Foods
September 17 // 12pm ET
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is organizing a virtual tour of the City Fresh Foods facility in Boston as part of the statewide Eat Local MA Campaign. City Fresh Foods works to deliver fresh, wholesome meals to childcare centers, schools, and rehabilitation programs across Eastern Massachusetts. Additionally, they work to educate communities about the benefits of making healthier and more nutritional choices in their daily diets. Learn more and register

5. COVID-19 EQUITY Webinar: Dismantling and Rebuilding the Food System after COVID-19: The 5Ds of Redistribution
September 18 // 1pm ET
Some groups feel the brunt of harms in the food system caused by shocks like COVID-19 more than others. Food systems also concentrate power and resources. How might redistribution of risks and benefits play a role in building resilient food systems? Join experts Dr. Charlotte Coté, University of Washington, Dr. Ernesto Méndez, The University of Vermont, Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Michigan State University, Dr. Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, and Dr. Neva Hassanein, University of Montana in discussing redistributive policy tools towards the “5D of Redistribution”: Decolonization, Decarbonization, Diversification, Democratization, and Decommodification. Learn more and register.

6. EQUITY NESAWG Sankofa Webinar Series: Youth and Food Justice Education
September 22 // 4-5:30pm ET
NESAWG is launching the first webinar from their new Sankofa Series on Tuesday, September 22, from 4-5:30pm. In this Back to School webinar, learn how education is the key as we take a look at food sovereignty from the youth of VietLead and their work at Resilient Roots Farm. Hear from Tobias Fox, founder of the Newark Science and Sustainability organization. He will share the importance of education in his work, teaching sustainable living practices and how we can create self-sustaining communities. Register here

7. COVID-19 Stepping Up To Contract Seed Production: A Forum for Midwest Growers
September 24 // 4:30pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic increased demand for seeds in 2020 to an unprecedented degree. As seed companies assess their needs for replenishing seed stocks, farmers at all scales are considering producing seed for their own use or for sale to seed companies. This forum is designed to provide beginning or intermediate seed growers with a foundation in how to pursue, negotiate and deliver on seed contracts. The conversation is targeted toward growers in the Midwest region, but will be useful to growers in other regions as well. Learn more and register.

8. Dig In! Conference 2020
September 26 // 8:30am-1pm ET
The Poe Center is excited to continue the tradition of the Dig In! conference, previously hosted by Advocates for Health in Action. Dig In! is an educational event focused on school, community, and childcare gardening, as well as urban agriculture. As a leader in nutrition education, the Poe Center’s work in our unique GrowWELL teaching garden and themed-educational theaters make us a great organization to host this inspiring online event. Learn more and purchase a ticket.

9. Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8 // 11am ET
The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register

10. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.

11. 5th Semi-Annual (Virtual!) Alaska Food Festival & Conference
November 6-7, 2020
The Alaska Food Policy Council and Alaska Village Initiatives, Fresh, and Alaska Pacific University are partnering for the 5th Semi-Annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference. The goals of the conference and festival are to increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population; provide resources to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers; and increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions. Learn more and register here.

12. Prescott College's Food Systems Friday Webinar: Removing Politics from the Children's Menu
Webinar Recording
Join Dr. Robin Currey, Director of the MS in Sustainable Food Systems program at Prescott College, as the "Food Systems Fridays" series moderator for Episode 14 of Food Systems Friday. View the recording.


Research & Resources 
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org.

2. NFSN Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of strategies and activities that include increased access to fresh, local foods through local food procurement, gardening opportunities, and food and agriculture education activities. The new resource from National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group share the vision for long-term impacts of farm to ECE, offer a comprehensive list of key strategies to advance towards that vision, and to elevate examples and resources that demonstrate these key strategies in action. Download the resource

3. COVID-19 EQUITY Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis: A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning
The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators has created a “Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis” virtual guide that can help school administrators examine how to equitably meet the needs of all students in the 2020-21 school year. This guide pays particular attention to the digital divide, and provides strategies for ensuring equitable access to remote learning. Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators are encouraged to use this resource as a tool to help support  all students. Read the guide here

4. COVID-19 The Common Market's COVID-19 Impact Report
The Common Market fully recognizes the role high-quality, local food can play in nutrition and overall good health. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Common Market has leaned on its mission to serve, and is proud to be a part of the solution. The impact illustrated reflects a collective effort, the result of mutually beneficial partnerships between local growers, community organizations and regional food hubs. Learn more here.

5. EQUITY Delivering More than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
How do food hubs understand racial equity and embed it in their work? Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems found that organizational history and culture, leadership, financial structure, inter-organizational dynamics, and meaningful engagement with BIPOC impacted how food hubs operationalize racial equity. Read the full report here.

6. KidsGardening's Lessons to Grow By
KidsGardening is launching Lessons to Grow By, a FREE four-month program of weekly garden-themed lessons and activities is for caregivers teaching at home, or for educators instructing via distance learning. These fun, engaging adventures are grouped around a monthly theme, featuring three hands-on activities for kids each week with supplemental suggested reading, videos, and more. Lessons to Grow By is only available by subscription. You can catch up on past week's lessons at any time, but you must subscribe to have access.

7. EQUITY W.K. Kellog Foundation's One Journey
WKKF has released a new racial equity, diversity and inclusion resource: One Journey. One Journey shares lessons from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation‘s experience with organizational leaders, human resource professionals and any individual or organization looking to advance racial equity in nonprofits, business or community groups. This guide is intended for foundations, nonprofit organizations, human resource professionals and any individual or organization looking to advance racial equity. View the resource here.

8. From Paddock to Plate Program: Feeding the Minds of Young Australians
From Paddock to Plate (FP2P) is an online resources library for primary and high school teachers and students to learn about food and agriculture in Australia, comprising more than 350 unique, thought-provoking and engaging virtual video excursions designed for the classroom. Learn more about the impacts of the program and resource here.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. A Call for Universal School Meals
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has compiled resources to advocate for universal school meals. View the resource here for data, a social media toolkit and more. 

3. NFSN A Fresh Take on Dietary Guidelines Points to Need for Farm to School
In August, National Farm to School Network submitted comments on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, which reviews new scientific evidence about diet's impact on health. We’re excited by these new areas of focus, and in our comments have highlighted for the Secretaries that farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) activities can help achieve these recommendations. Read more.  


Jobs & Opportunities
1. NFSN Program Manager, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of farm to school projects and ensure the project goals align with National Farm to School Network's mission and strategic priorities. The current portfolio program areas include Native Communities and agricultural producers. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Open until filled. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Program Associate, National Farm to School Network (Remote, Part-Time)
The Program Associate will implement National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project to scale up and institutionalize culturally significant farm to school programs throughout the entire school environment and ultimately improve the nutritional health and wellness of Native youth. The Program Associate will work at the local level to expand farm to school activities: Procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and agriculture and nutrition education. This is nonexempt, part-time (20 hours/week) position with a limited term ending 3/31/22. Learn more and apply here.

3. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more and apply here

4. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan) 
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. Learn more and apply here.

5. Advisors for Institutional Investment Accelerator Program, Wallace Center
Deadline: Oct. 12, 6pm ET
The Wallace Center is launching a new initiative aimed at catalyzing and increasing institutional investment to accelerate the development of more equitable food systems. At the core of this initiative is a cohort of six teams doing this work in their communities. As part of this program, Wallace Center is seeking advisors to support the development of the program and work with cohort team. Advisors should have deep experience working with teams and knowledge of one or more of the following areas: Institutional procurement, value chain coordination, financing food businesses and infrastructure, and developing cross-sector partnerships. The advisors would bring an anti-racist lens to their work, with a demonstrated track record of working with leaders of color and centering racial equity. Engagement for this project is November 2020 - July 2022. Applications are open through Oct. 12. Learn more here


In the News
The Silent Suffering of Cafeteria Workers
As schools navigate reopening for the fall, most coverage has focused on the safety of students and teachers. But another group on campus is also at risk. (The Atlantic)

When Boston’s Public Schools Closed in March, Their Gardens Went Untended. Then a Volunteer Effort Grew.
When Boston Public Schools closed in mid-March because of COVID-19, schoolyard gardens sat untended. On a Zoom session later that month, a group of teachers proposed to restore the neglected gardens and begin growing food for their communities. About two months later, the volunteer group was 70 members strong, and cleanup and planting at 14 schools commenced. By early August, greens and other vegetables were ready for picking. (The Boston Globe)

Edible Education Goes Online in the COVID Era
As the school year starts in the most of uncertain of times, these food and garden classes enter new virtual territory. (Civil Eats)

Opinion: USDA Makes Right Move to Mitigate Food Insecurity With Lunch Program Extension
Eliminating food insecurity in the U.S. will improve the health of millions of Americans but will only be possible if we support all the links in the food supply chain, from our farms to our children’s lunch bags. (Education Drive)

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.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/1/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 01, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.


2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Opportunities for Supporting Voter Engagement as a 501(c)(3) Social Justice Organization
September 1 // 3pm ET
This webinar is hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs, Food Research & Action Center, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and NETWORK. It is the first in a series of webinars for 501(c)(3) organizations on permissible election-related activities. Register here.

2. COVID-19  Webinar: COVID-Friendly Outdoor Classroom Infrastructure and Design
September 2 // 2pm-3:15pm ET
There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature. Join Sharon Danks, a leader of the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, author of Asphalt to Ecosystems, and founder of Green Schoolyards America, to learn about her work supporting the creation of outdoor classrooms for reopening schools. This webinar is hosted by School Garden Support Organizations. Register here.

3. EQUITY Panel Discussion: Rooting out Structural Racism in American Agriculture
September 3 // 6pm-8pm ET
Join Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems for an upcoming virtual panel discussion to discuss Black land loss, the connection between agriculture and environmental justice, and the role of law and policy professionals in rooting out racism in the food system. Several lawyers fighting structural racism in agricultural law and policy will be featured. The event is free and no registration is required. 

4. COVID-19  Webinar: COVID's Hidden Toll: A Panel Discussion
September 4 // 7pm ET
University of California, MERCED, and Frontline present a panel discussion on the film "COVID's Hidden Toll" which examines how the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers. The documentary follows the coronavirus pandemic's invisible victims including crucial farm and meat-packing workers who lack protections and have been getting sick. Please watch the film here and then register to join the panel discussion on September 4 via Zoom. 

5. Reclaiming Health Through Indigenous Food Systems: A Discussion on the Film “Gather”
September 8 // 10am ET
A unique opportunity to watch the new film, "Gather," prior to its public debut! With registration, you will have a 96 hour window to watch the film. Join Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) North America for a panel discussion with the film director and featured Indigenous figures from the film. Panelists will share their insights on the timely and critical nature of Indigenous peoples' knowledge, languages, cultures, innovation and leadership as Native communities build up their traditional food systems across North America. Learn more and register. 

6.COVID-19 Back to School 2020: Feeding Young Minds in Uncertain Times
Webinar Recording
Watch former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of national school food experts discussing why no matter what schools look like – remote, in person, or hybrid – we have a responsibility to ensure every child gets the food they need. This discussion, sponsored by the National Press Club (NPC), was live streamed on August 17 and explored the important role school meal programs play in the overall health, education and wellbeing of students and will highlight current challenges schools are facing, proposed policy solutions, and the innovative approaches schools are taking during this time of crisis. Watch the recording here. 

7. EQUITY Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule."
September 11-12
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. Co-sponsored with Antioch College and The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, this conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more! Learn more and register. 


Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

2. USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with 16 partner organizations, launched the Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19. This searchable database contains insights and educational material from the 16 partner organizations (including NFSN!) to help local and regional food producers and businesses adapt their market strategies in the current environment. Learn more.

3. COVID-19 Call for Local Food Impact Stories
As part of a Local Food Systems Response to COVID-19 Project, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is looking to highlight examples of institutions (hospitals, campuses, schools, etc) utilizing CSAs and pop-up grocery stores to provide local, fresh food to institutional staff and constituents during the pandemic. If anyone has examples of successful models, FINE would like to hear from you! These stories will contribute to a series of innovation briefs that highlight local food strategies employed during COVID-19. Contact Hannah Leighton (pronouns: she/her), FINE's Research & Evaluation Manager, at hannah@farmtoinst.org with questions and/or your stories.

4. 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms Framework
10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms is designed to improve daily nutrition and eating habits for Michigan children and invest in Michigan’s agriculture and local food business economy. This resource shows how the 10 Cents program works and the impacts it can have:
• A framework, based on the 2018-2019 program design, depicts how the incentive program contributes to healthier kids and stronger local economies.
• A flow chart shows the businesses, groups, and organizations involved in providing food to schools or supporting the 10 Cents program.
View the framework here. 

5. Northeast Farm to School Institute Kicks Off with STAY IN-stitute!
In the Spring of 2020, USDA awarded a brand-new grant – the Regional Farm to School Institute Grants – to two grantees: Vermont FEED, a partnership of Shelburne Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT, to provide schools and districts in the six New England States and New York with professional development to create robust farm to school programs. In June, Vermont FEED launched the tenth annual Northeast Farm to School Institute with a first ever virtual STAY IN-stitute retreat. The institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for the selected school teams that include school nutrition directors or managers, classroom teachers, school administrators, school nurses, parents, school board, or community partners. Find more information about Vermont FEED’s action planning process in this new resource, Connecting Classrooms, Cafeterias, Communities: A Guide to Building Integrated Farm to School Programs.

6. National Farmers Market Managers Survey Data Published
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service released the summary data of the 2019 National Farmers Market Managers Survey on August 17, 2020. This project was a joint venture of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This summary data contains a wealth of information that can be used by policy makers, economic development professionals, chambers of commerce, and the U.S. farmers market sector.  AMS will release an in-depth analysis of the survey data in spring of 2021. The full data can be found on the NASS site.

7. Farm and Energy Initiative (FEI) Website
A collaboration between the Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School have created a  new open-access resource that helps farmers, researchers, and policymakers promote sustainable energy use in agriculture. It includes toolkits and information in three main sections: The Farmland Solar Policy Project, Biogas and Organic Waste Management Project, and the Healthy Soils Law Project. View the website.

8. New Community Eligibility Provision Grouping Optimizer: Meals Count
Meals Count is a free interactive, customizable tool to help districts optimize their CEP groupings and maximize federal reimbursement. Meals Count is powered by sophisticated algorithms developed by data scientists across the country to eliminate the guesswork of grouping. Just by using Meals Count, districts have been able to optimize CEP groupings and increase expected annual reimbursement by 13% on average. For districts with 11 schools or fewer, the tool actually runs through every possible grouping scenario (of thousands possible combinations) to give the optimal scenario for maximizing expected annual reimbursement. For a quick demo on how to use Meals Count, watch this step-by-step tutorial.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. COVID-19 NFSN Action Alert: Senate Must Do More For Kids, Farmers & Schools
Last week, Senate leadership released their latest set of COVID-19 relief bills, a $1 trillion bundle of legislation covering business aid, money for schools and agricultural aid funding. While National Farm to School Network is glad that Senators have recognized that our schools and farmers are in urgent need of critical funding support, this proposed legislation from the Senate falls far short of targeting the actual needs of our kids, farmers, educators and school nutrition professionals. Congress should be taking bolder action to respond to this emergency, support those most impacted and help advance us towards a more equitable future for all. Read more on our blog, and take 5 minutes to call your senators using our easy call script. 

3. USDA Extends Waivers to Fill Gap for Schools Starting in September
On August 20, the USDA announced the extension of four waivers through September 30, 2020 to support continued summer meals program operations in areas where the school year begins in September. These are:
1) The non-congregate waiver for SFSP;
2) The parent or guardian meal pick-up waiver for SFSP;
3) The meal pattern waiver for SFSP; and
4) The area eligibility waiver for open summer meals site.Previously, these critical waivers expired on August 31st, which created a gap for communities where schools are starting after that date. These waivers do not change the options available to schools and non-profit operators in communities where schools have already started. The USDA has reiterated that the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option are no longer available once the school year begins, whether in person or virtually. View No Kid Hungry's updated waiver summary that also includes the waivers available to support operations during the school year.

4. COVID-19 Program Created to Help Schools Purchase Iowa-Grown Produce
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced the creation of a Local Produce and Protein Program today. Gov. Reynolds has allocated $500,000 through CARES Act funding to help Iowa schools purchase locally-grown products from Iowa farmers impacted by COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The funding will be awarded through three grant programs administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Learn more.

5. School Leaders Fear That Stricter Lunch Program Eligibility in the Fall Could Make It Harder for Students to Eat
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools across the country, the Agriculture Department — the federal agency overseeing the nation’s school lunch program — made temporary changes to the program, including enabling families like Johnson’s to pick up multiple meals at one site. But some of those changes are set to expire in September, and school districts are bracing for more restrictions on who can pick up free meals at schools and where. Read more. 

Job Opportunities
1. Communications Coordinator, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (Massachusetts/Remote)
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is a nonprofit that works with hundreds of local farms and the community to get more local food onto people’s plates. The Communications Coordinator supports the Communications Manager in implementing communications and educational activities that support the mission of the organization. This includes: supporting CISA’s online presence (website and social media); writing and creative development; creation and management of community event(s); and maintaining communications systems. The Communications Coordinator manages the day-to-day activities for this work and collaborates with the Communications Manager to set strategic goals and develop new program strategies and activities. Learn more and apply.

2. Food Access Program Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Providence, Rhode Island)
Deadline: September 6
 Farm Fresh Rhode Island is seeking a Food Access Program Director who is responsible for the oversight of all Farm Fresh RI Farmers Market and Food Access programs. Currently Farm Fresh RI manages 9 seasonal farmers markets and supports a network of over 20 partners in facilitating Food Access programs at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs statewide. Farm Fresh Food Access programming includes efforts to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, local foods for all residents of Rhode Island. The Food Access Program Director will bridge the gap between agriculture and public health by developing and maintaining key partnerships and programs, seeking new connections, and ensuring Food Access programs are meeting community needs. Learn more and apply.


In The News
School Food Politics: A Conversation with Jennifer Gaddis
Dr. Gaddis is an assistant professor of Civil Society and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this podcast, hear her discuss the politics of participatory research, the centrality of racial justice organizing to the success of the food movement, and the stunning connections between school food and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uprisings against white supremacy in the United States. (Edge Effects)

Twenty Recognized as Emerging Leaders in Food and Ag
Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag is a national initiative that aims to develop, build community amongst, and celebrate visionary leaders across the agriculture supply chain in order to ensure that the enormous challenges facing food and agriculture today are addressed by a new generation of innovative, engaged leaders. Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag unveiled their inaugural Top 20 Award winners at a virtual event on August 17. The 2020 award winners included farmers and people in various levels of the food and agriculture value chains across the U.S. and Canada. One of the 20 award recipients is our fearless leader, Helen Dombalis! Congrats to Helen on this recognition! View the awards programs here and learn more about Emerging Leaders in Food and Ag here.

'Make Farmers Black Again': African Americans Fight Discrimination To Own Farmland"
Lenders tend to be less hesitant to lend certain amounts of money to people based on their preexisting financial conditions, which are determined by what opportunities and privileges people have had in the past to get to the point where they can purchase that land.." (NPR)

The Iowa Derecho Put Refugee Food Workers at Even Greater Risk
The hurricane-force winds that leveled Cedar Rapids have impacted hundreds of refugees who were considered ‘essential workers’ at meatpacking plants and supermarkets. (Civil Eats)

Middle Schoolers Get Their Hands Dirty Remotely
The Grow It Know It (GIKI) Summer Camp, offered through University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning, is typically a weeklong experience at Clarke or Hilsman middle schools. This year, it was offered virtually, educating participants about agriculture, plant science and nutrition, while providing fun, hands-on activities that the students could do at home. (University of Georgia

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.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/25/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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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. USDA's Office of Partnership and Public Engagement RFA: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program
 Deadline to apply: August 26
Via section 2501 funding, these grants support community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to conduct programming to assist producers. The deadline to apply is August 26th (please note, the announcement in the Federal Register incorrectly states the deadline as September 11!) OPPE will host a call for potential applicants on July 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST (Telephone Number: (877) 692-8955, Passcode: 6433267). No registration needed. Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.

Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Webinar: Lessons Learned from Serving Summer Meals During Pandemic & Transitioning Back to School
August 26 // 10am ET
Presenters representing the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, schools, and non-profits will talk about their experiences on serving meals to kids and teens during the pandemic and resources to help when school starts back up this year. The goal of the webinar is to give attendees a variety of examples and ideas so they can be ready and adaptable if their situation changes. Register here.

2. Webinar: Fundraising Strategies for Food Ed Organizations
August 26 //11am ET
The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy, New York State Health Foundation, and Wellness in the Schools are partnering to host a webinar on how food ed organizations can identify and apply for funding opportunities. New York State Health Foundation will highlight best practices when applying for funding, while Wellness in the Schools will share different funding approaches that their organization has used. Register here.  

3. COVID-19 Virtual Gathering: Garden Educator Distance Teaching and Learning 
August 26 // 2pm ET
Many months of distance teaching and learning have led to the development of a treasure trove of innovative teaching tools and the launching of new educational program models. This Virtual Gathering, hosted by School Garden Support Organizations, will offer everyone an opportunity to introduce programs that have been developed/adapted to meet the unique educational needs presented by COVID-19 along with other support resources that have been created to share with educators and families. Register here. 

4. Webinar: Garden Educator Distance Teaching and Learning Virtual Gathering
August 26// 2pm ET
For this Virtual Gathering School Garden Support Organization Network (SGSO) will offer everyone an opportunity to introduce programs that have been developed/adapted to meet the unique educational needs presented by COVID-19 along with other support resources that have been created to share with educators and families. SGSO would also like to hear about ideas for evaluating the impact of distance teaching efforts. We hope to focus on:
- Online lesson plans and other resources for educators and families;
- Non-digital tools and methods being used to continue learning from a distance; and
- Ideas for evaluating the impact of your distance teaching efforts.
Learn more and register.

5. COVID-19 Virtual Youth Townhall on the Return to School
August 26 // 2pm ET
Hosted by America’s Promise Alliance in Partnership with The 74, this virtual youth townhall will highlight the perspectives and experiences of young people to inform school, district, and community leaders’ approach to the return to school and to give them ideas for engaging the viewpoints of students throughout this year and beyond. Please note that this is the registration page for school leaders and other youth-supporting adults.

6. COVID-19 For Youth: Virtual Youth Townhall on the Return to School
August 26 // 2pm ET
Would you like to share your perspective about the return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic? As schools think about reopening, do you have advice on how issues of race and racism should be discussed once school is back in session? America’s Promise Alliance and The 74 invite you to participate in a youth townhall to share your thoughts about the logistics of school reopening, as well as how school leaders can engage young people in decision-making once school is back in session. Additionally, given the growing national conversations about racial justice, you will also be invited to share insights and advice for school leaders on how schools should provide opportunities to talk and learn about race and racism. If you are a middle or high school student and would like to participate in the townhall, please use this link to register.

7. What’s Next for Food Incentives and the Grocery Industry?
August 26 // 2pm ET
Since the beginning of the year, the grocery industry has had to adapt to new safety requirements, customer demands and supply chain interruptions, prompting innovations that help grocers buffer their already thin margins. Food incentives at retail locations have been a way for the grocery industry to supplement their EBT sales and increase overall revenue. Come hear from National Grocers Association, Arteaga's Food Center, Fair Food Network, and SPRU on how the approach to offering incentives has changed as a result of the pandemic. Learn more and register.  

8. Webinar: Stories & Strategies for Arts-Infused Food Systems Change: Community Leaders Seed the Way
August 26 // 3pm ET
How does both food and art bring us together to dream, design, and actualize change towards more equitable food systems? In this interactive webinar co-hosted by DAISA Enterprises and the Wallace Center, participants will engage with community leaders and artists, like Oscar Ly from ArtCrop and Brandi Turner from SippCulture from across the country whose work inspires place-based, creative food systems transformation. Within our new reality of the COVID-19 crisis and struggles for racial justice, you and your peers will have a chance to exchange ideas and experiences around how artistic and cultural practices are more critical than ever in envisioning and realizing resilient food systems. Join the conversation to learn real strategies to drive arts-infused food systems change in your own community.  

9. Webinar: Cooperatives 101
 August 26 //  6:30pm - 8:30pm ET
Join this free webinar with Center for Cooperatives in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. and GDUCCI will present this Cooperative 101 webinar course where we welcome farmers, organizations, and folks in the food industry to learn about what a cooperative is, and how cooperatives work. Learn more and register.

10. COVID-19 Webinar: Farmworkers in the Pandemic: Essentially Disposable
August 27 // 12pm ET
Arguably the most essential people--those who grow and harvest the country’s food--are being brutalized by the coronavirus, discrimination and scapegoating. Called ‘essential’ yet treated like they are ‘disposable’, three farmworker leaders will present during the webinar. Panelists include Kathia Ramirez from the Farmworker Support Committee-CATA, Antonio Tovar, from the Farmworkers Association of Florida, and Erik Nicholson, National V.P. of the United Farm Workers. Register here to learn about the situation, their organizing, and how communities can support them.

11. NFSN Farm to School Producer-Support Community Roundtable II
August 27 // 3:30-5pm ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are hosting a Producer-Support Community Roundtable to offer a unique space for producer-focused dialogue related to farm to school and COVID-19. These conversations will help provide additional framing for the Bringing the Farm to School training program for agricultural producers by highlighting strategies for managing risk while staying committed to farm to school, innovative procurement approaches, and partnerships while informing our training implementation strategies to ensure they adequately meet the needs of producers, particularly those new to farm to school. Join us on Thursday, August 27 at 3:30-5:00 pm EST to hear from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Minneapolis Public Schools about how stakeholders have been incorporating innovations into their farm to school efforts during COVID-19 as well as promising practices to carry into the upcoming school year. Discussion will include models to celebrate the resilience of our communities through farm to school events during COVID-19, strategies for maintaining the demand for local foods in school meals,  connecting producers with market opportunities in emergency feeding programs, engaging small/diversified farms and producers of color, and maintaining standards, values and commitments to local producers throughout the fall and beyond. Register here. 

12. Webinar: Reuniones Interactivas Gratuitas de Zoom en Español Para Emprendedores de Alimentos en Wisconsin
August 31 // 10am ET
El lunes 31 de agosto, Amalia Beary, MS, Consultora sobre Seguridad con los alimentos y Abby Snyder, Especialista en seguridad con los alimentos de Cornell University, comentarán los requisitos básicos para las Buenas prácticas de fabricación (GMP por sus siglas en inglés) y la manera de preparar su negocio para que ayude a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. Los productores de alimentos de pequeña escala deben completar los documentos requeridos para cumplir con la Ley de modernización de seguridad alimentaria (FSMA). Esto incluye documentos de la exención de su tamaño como “instalaciones calificadas” y diversos programas de seguridad con los alimentos. Esta reunión interactiva por Zoom está diseñada para pequeños emprendedores de alimentos (menos de $1 millón de ventas al año) pequeñas empresas de alimentos, gerentes de mercados agrícolas y directores de cocinas de uso compartido. Los educadores de Extension que apoyen estos negocios son bienvenidos, si desean asistir. El curso es ofrecido por Cornell University, y se ha realizado gracias a una subvención respaldada por la USDA. Enlace para el registro.

13. COVID-19 Webinar: SNAP and Food Assistance in a Time of Covid-19
August 31 // 12pm ET
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to ease state requirements for reporting and proving need. It provided for extra food benefits (by electronic transfer) called “Pandemic EBT” for households with school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-price meals at school. Has the federal response been timely and adequate, and what economic hurdles and challenges remain? The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) will host a free webinar to consider SNAP and food assistance at a time of Covid-19. C-FARE board member Sean Cash will be joined by three expert panelists — Dr. Parke Wilde (Tufts University), Dr. George Davis of Virginia Tech, and Nutrition Outreach Coordinator Shewana Hairston McSwain (North Carolina A&T State University). Register here.  



Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

2. COVID-19 Back-to-School: We'll Keep Feeding Those Kids! Factsheet
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute, Stanford Medicine Department of Pediatrics, and School Nutrition Association created this fact sheet in August 2020 to provide basic information to clarify school meal operations as districts return to operating the National School Lunch Program, but serving outside of the cafeteria, and tools and information to support best practices. View the resource.   

3. USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with 16 partner organizations, launched the Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19. This searchable database contains insights and educational material from the 16 partner organizations (including NFSN!) to help local and regional food producers and businesses adapt their market strategies in the current environment. Learn more.

4. COVID-19 Call for Local Food Impact Stories
As part of a Local Food Systems Response to COVID-19 Project, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is looking to highlight examples of institutions (hospitals, campuses, schools, etc) utilizing CSAs and pop-up grocery stores to provide local, fresh food to institutional staff and constituents during the pandemic. If anyone has examples of successful models, FINE would like to hear from you! These stories will contribute to a series of innovation briefs that highlight local food strategies employed during COVID-19. Contact Hannah Leighton (pronouns: she/her), FINE's Research & Evaluation Manager, at hannah@farmtoinst.org with questions and/or your stories.

5. EQUITY Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food System
View this report by the Rockefeller Foundation that lays out a framework for change toward an equitable, nourishing, and sustainable U.S. food system.

6. Seeking 2020 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HHFI) Application Reviewers
Deadline: August 31
Reinvestment Fund is looking for food systems and food access experts to serve as application reviewers for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program.The 2020 HFFI Targeted Small Grants Program is making $3 million available for grants to innovative fresh food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas. We are seeking reviewers with personal and professional experience with improving access to affordable, nutritious food through food retail. Reviewers will be required to participate in a training session, which will be done by a video or conference call, prior to reviewing the applications. No travel is required. Reviewers will receive a stipend. Apply here.

7.  COVID-19 Green Schoolyard Americas COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Resources and Guidance
Schools across the United States are facing an uphill battle as they figure out how to navigate COVID-19 physical distancing requirements that will allow students to return to campus. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature. This webpage shares information for the new National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative. Learn more.

8. Help Michigan State University Extension Learn More About Farm to Institution Produce Safety
Deadline: August 31
Do you purchase fresh produce for an institution or know someone that does? Participate in a national survey about institutional food safety programs to inform educational initiatives for fresh produce buyers. The aim of this survey is to gather data on accepted food safety verification programs for fresh produce, awareness of the program’s requirements for farms, and confidence in these verification programs. Please consider taking and/or sharing a survey by the Michigan State University Extension about food safety requirements for suppliers. All of the questions are in multiple choice format and the survey will take an estimated time of 7 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and participation is completely voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, feel free to contact Mariel Borgman from MSU Extension at mborgm@msu.edu. Learn more.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. COVID-19 NFSN Action Alert: Senate Must Do More For Kids, Farmers & Schools
Last week, Senate leadership released their latest set of COVID-19 relief bills, a $1 trillion bundle of legislation covering business aid, money for schools and agricultural aid funding. While National Farm to School Network is glad that Senators have recognized that our schools and farmers are in urgent need of critical funding support, this proposed legislation from the Senate falls far short of targeting the actual needs of our kids, farmers, educators and school nutrition professionals. Congress should be taking bolder action to respond to this emergency, support those most impacted and help advance us towards a more equitable future for all. Read more on our blog, and take 5 minutes to call your senators using our easy call script. 

3. USDA Extends Waivers to Fill Gap for Schools Starting in September
On August 20, the USDA announced the extension of four waivers through September 30, 2020 to support continued summer meals program operations in areas where the school year begins in September. These are:
1) The non-congregate waiver for SFSP;
2) The parent or guardian meal pick-up waiver for SFSP;
3) The meal pattern waiver for SFSP; and
4) The area eligibility waiver for open summer meals site.Previously, these critical waivers expired on August 31st, which created a gap for communities where schools are starting after that date. These waivers do not change the options available to schools and non-profit operators in communities where schools have already started. The USDA has reiterated that the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option are no longer available once the school year begins, whether in person or virtually. View No Kid Hungry's updated waiver summary that also includes the waivers available to support operations during the school year.

Job Opportunities
1. Communications Coordinator, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (Massachusetts/Remote)
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is a nonprofit that works with hundreds of local farms and the community to get more local food onto people’s plates. The Communications Coordinator supports the Communications Manager in implementing communications and educational activities that support the mission of the organization. This includes: supporting CISA’s online presence (website and social media); writing and creative development; creation and management of community event(s); and maintaining communications systems. The Communications Coordinator manages the day-to-day activities for this work and collaborates with the Communications Manager to set strategic goals and develop new program strategies and activities. Learn more and apply.

2. Food Access Program Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Providence, Rhode Island)
Deadline: September 6
 Farm Fresh Rhode Island is seeking a Food Access Program Director who is responsible for the oversight of all Farm Fresh RI Farmers Market and Food Access programs. Currently Farm Fresh RI manages 9 seasonal farmers markets and supports a network of over 20 partners in facilitating Food Access programs at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs statewide. Farm Fresh Food Access programming includes efforts to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, local foods for all residents of Rhode Island. The Food Access Program Director will bridge the gap between agriculture and public health by developing and maintaining key partnerships and programs, seeking new connections, and ensuring Food Access programs are meeting community needs. Learn more and apply.

3. Program Assistant, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (Massachusetts/Remote)
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is a nonprofit that works with hundreds of local farms and the community to get more local food onto people’s plates. The Program Associate works with the Technical Assistance and Local Hero teams in implementing programmatic activities that support CISA’s mission; this includes: Local Hero membership enrollment, promotion, and maintenance and logistical support for: technical assistance workshops, one-on-one technical assistance, and evaluation. The Program Associate manages the day-to-day activities for this work. Learn more and apply.


In The News
Opinion: Rebuild it and they will come: reviving Iowa's local food system
Published by Iowa farm to ECE champions, including Aaron Lehman of Iowa Farmers Union; Krista Smith of Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children; and Haleisa Johnson of Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness, this op-ed piece elevates the importance of local food opportunities including farm to school and farm to ECE in the (Iowa Globe Gazette). 

"This is our, “If you build it, they will come” moment. Iowa policymakers should support this effort and provide the leadership needed for success. We must capitalize on the opportunity to grow our local farm economy while improving the health and well-being of all Iowans with healthy locally produced food." 

Schools Seeking Alternative to Remote Learning Try an Experiment: Outdoor Classrooms
While some educators remain skeptical, others see outdoor classrooms as a way to make in-person learning safer during the pandemic. (NBC News)

'It’s a Little Nerve-Wracking': Lunchtime for Students Looks Different Amid COVID-19
Schools that opened early in central Indiana provide a hint of what others across the country can expect as they enact various lunchtime safety measures, including prepackaging meals and frequently cleaning the lunchroom. (USA Today)

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.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/18/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 18, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Request for Proposals: Research on Agriculture and Local Food Activity in the Appalachian Region. 
Deadline: August 19
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to examine agriculture and local food activity in the Appalachian Region (Region) using both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The main purposes of the research are to (1) provide a comprehensive quantitative overview of agricultural and local food activity throughout the Region, including changes over recent years, (2) identify best practices and promising models from across Appalachia, as well as elsewhere in the country, that support the development of local food systems and help farms increase revenues, and (3) identify emerging opportunities in agriculture ,including types of crops and products as well as strategic and technological innovations. The selected contractor will work closely with ARC to shape this effort over the course of a twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2020 and concluding September 30, 2021. Proposals will be evaluated on contractors’ qualifications, expertise, track record, work samples, and cost-effectiveness. Learn more and apply.

2. COVID-19 EQUITY Northeast BIPOC Farmer Relief Fund 
Deadline: August 20
Are you a BIPOC farmer or fisherperson that has been impacted by COVID-19? The Northeast BIPOC Farmer Relief Fund is now accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) producers with priority for those who use sustainable, regenerative or environmentally sound practices and who contribute to their community in some way. Funded by Farm Aid, this fund will provide $500 relief payments for up to 200 applicants. Learn more and apply.

3. USDA RFA: Innovating Formal and Non-Formal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing
Deadline: August 20 
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development RFA now includes a new program area priority to address the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. This program area accepts new applications only. Learn more and apply

4. USDA's Office of Partnership and Public Engagement RFA: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program
 Deadline to apply: August 26
Via section 2501 funding, these grants support community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to conduct programming to assist producers. The deadline to apply is August 26th (please note, the announcement in the Federal Register incorrectly states the deadline as September 11!) OPPE will host a call for potential applicants on July 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST (Telephone Number: (877) 692-8955, Passcode: 6433267). No registration needed. Learn more and apply.

5. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

6. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.

Webinars & Events
1. Food Research & Action Center's Elections Webinar Series Today! 
August 18 // 3pm ET
Join a panel of specialists for a webinar series focused on elevating ideas on how and why 501(c)(3) organizations can support -- in nonpartisan ways that are mission-aligned -- voter registration, voter mobilization, and voting. Identify strategies, tools, and resources that social justice organizations can use to support this vital work, especially in the time of COVID-19 when people and organizations are particularly stretched from responding to unprecedented needs. Register for the first webinar in the series: Why Social Justice Organizations Can and Should Prioritize Voter Registration and Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts.

2. Webinar Training: Best Practices for Building Relationships with Policymakers
August 19 // 9:30-11:00 am
Join the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and DOHMH Bureau of Harlem for this Equity Advocates training on running successful meetings with policymakers. Register here.

3. COVID-19 Webinar: School Garden Care and Management During COVID-19
August 19 // 2pm ET
Join the School Garden Support Organization Network to discuss garden care and management (Fall 2020 version). During this virtual gathering School Garden Support Organizations will share how they are supporting their staff, teachers and the community to care for school gardens this fall. The webinar will allow for about 45 minutes of structured share outs followed by ample time for discussion and Q & A. Learn more and register. 

4. Webinar: Connecting Children With Local Foods and Farmers Through Summer Meal Programs
August 20 // 11am ET
In this webinar hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), join summer meal experts who will share best practices and lessons learned from their experience piloting their own “Farm to Summer” initiatives during the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and learn about IATP’s report documenting the opportunities and challenges of Farm to Summer!  Register here.

5. Webinar: Reuniones Interactivas Gratuitas de Zoom en Español Para Emprendedores de Alimentos en Wisconsin
August 24 // 10am ET
El lunes 24 de agosto, Barbara Ingham, Especialista en la Seguridad con los Alimentos de Division of Extension de University of Wisconsin-Madison, responderá preguntas básicas sobre tipos de licencias que puede necesitar un negocio de alimentos y normas para una instalación de producción de alimentos, dará consejos sobre el desarrollo de planes de seguridad con los alimentos y ofrecerá sugerencias para localizar recursos y apoyos, de tal manera que pequeños emprendedores de alimentos puedan recibir licencia para sus empresas en Wisconsin. Está reunión interactiva por Zoom está diseñada para pequeñas empresas de alimentos en Wisconsin y para instalaciones y programas que apoyen a estos emprendedores. Los educadores de Extension son bienvenidos si desean asistir. Regístrese aquí. 

6. Webinar: Discussion with Alive Goodman of the NYC Office of School Wellness/Department of Education
August 24 //  2:15pm ET
Join the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and the Bronx Health Reach for this special event on how New York City schools will tackle student health & wellness this fall. Register here.

7. EQUITY Webinar: Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
August 24 // 2:30pm ET
The webinar, sponsored by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems in association with the Racial Equity in the Food Systems Workgroup, will share results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. You will hear examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.  Authors and food hub leader discussants will also offer perspectives on the deeper questions that must be addressed to meaningfully support equity across the food system. Register here.

8. Virtual Listening Sessions: Feasibility of Insuring Local Food Production
August 17-20, 24-28, 31, and September 1-3
As part of the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress required USDA's Risk Management Agency to solicit feedback about improved crop insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers selling through local food markets. This includes discussing how existing crop insurance programs can be improved, as well as exploring the possibility of a new crop insurance program. There are several scheduled Zoom listening sessions, which will be held from mid-August through early September with the sessions for farmers and ranchers divided by region, commodity, and market channel.  

9. Back-to-School Meal Service: Feeding Kids During the 2020-2021 School Year Part I
Webinar Recording
This is the first in a series of back-to-school webinars by No Kid Hungry focused on feeding kids during the 2020-2021 school year, as communities continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar focuses on understanding the nationwide waivers— the waivers available, the waivers not available, possible meal service models, and limitations and challenges. We also explore options for financial recovery including FEMA Public Assistance Grants, CARES Act funds and the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

10. Iowa State University Extension Online Food Systems Training and Certifications
Iowa State University Extension's Food Systems Team has transitioned the Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems trainings and certifications to a virtual format. Beginning in September, four popular professional development opportunities for food systems practitioners will be available online. Some scholarships are available for each course. Applications for scholarships are due August 21. Learn more and apply.

Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

2. USDA's Tools for School Nutrition Professionals
USDA FNS's Team Nutrition has a variety of distance learning opportunities to meet annual training requirements for the new school year. The Professional Standards Training Database allows school nutrition professionals to search for training that meets their learning needs in one easy-to-use website. Trainings are available in a variety of formats and most trainings are free.
Use the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT) to keep track of and record your training hours. 

3. Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food System
View this report by the Rockefeller Foundation that lays out a framework for change toward an equitable, nourishing, and sustainable U.S. food system.

4. Meal Service Options For School Year 2020-2021 Guide
Confused about the waivers for SY20-21? Not sure what your options are for meal service during distance learning or four day school weeks? Check out this resource from No Kid Hungry for guidance.

5. New Community Eligibility Provision Grouping Optimizer: Meals Count
Meals Count is a free interactive, customizable tool to help districts optimize their CEP groupings and maximize federal reimbursement. Meals Count is powered by sophisticated algorithms developed by data scientists across the country to eliminate the guesswork of grouping. Just by using Meals Count, districts have been able to optimize CEP groupings and increase expected annual reimbursement by 13% on average. For districts with 11 schools or fewer, the tool actually runs through every possible grouping scenario (of thousands possible combinations) to give the optimal scenario for maximizing expected annual reimbursement. For a quick demo on how to use Meals Count, watch this step-by-step tutorial.

6. Farmers Market Scrip Model for Food Distribution Program
The Hana Farmers Market in Hawai‘i has shared a write-up of an innovative and very effective way to manage free food distributions and support our farmers market. Rather than purchasing, aggregating and distributing food boxes, they used county funding to offer scrips to customers to use directly to purchase produce at the farmers market. Hana Farmers Market has found that this is a great program to create incentives in all the right places, with relatively little overhead. For more information contact Scott (scott@aloha.net). View the resource.

7. No Kid Hungry's Summary Of Current COVID-19 Child Nutrition Program Response Nationwide Waivers
This document conveniently details all of the nationwide waivers and guidance issued to date by the USDA in response to the coronavirus. View the summary.

8. The Food, Agrobiodiversity, Clarity and Transparency's (FACT) 10 Principles for Agrobiodiversity
FACT has worked with food systems experts from across the globe to develop 10 Principles for Agrobiodiversity. These principles show how we all benefit from practices carried out across the value chain that support greater agricultural biodiversity. To go deeper,  FACT is now gathering examples of what success looks like across the globe. View the principles here.

Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. COVID-19 NFSN Action Alert: Senate Must Do More For Kids, Farmers & Schools
Last week, Senate leadership released their latest set of COVID-19 relief bills, a $1 trillion bundle of legislation covering business aid, money for schools and agricultural aid funding. While National Farm to School Network is glad that Senators have recognized that our schools and farmers are in urgent need of critical funding support, this proposed legislation from the Senate falls far short of targeting the actual needs of our kids, farmers, educators and school nutrition professionals. Congress should be taking bolder action to respond to this emergency, support those most impacted and help advance us towards a more equitable future for all. Read more on our blog, and take 5 minutes to call your senators using our easy call script. 

Job Opportunities
1. Communications Consultant, The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Remote) 
Deadline: August 21
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), convenes farm and food systems leaders, practitioners, and advocates across 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. NESAWG is currently seeking a Communications Consultant to support us in updating and implementing our communications strategy to help us meet our communications goals for the remainder of 2020 and 2021, and in developing key communications materials. This is a remote position. Candidates can reside anywhere in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic region.To learn more, view the position announcement.

2. Education Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Bozeman, Montana)
Deadline: August 21
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Education Director to oversee all aspects of Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s education and community programs. Programs include school & garden-based education, the Bozone Ozone Bus (BOB), family cooking nights, summer camps, cafeteria procurement of local produce, farm field trips, and teacher support. Learn more and apply here.

In The News
Changes to School Meals Have Made Low-Income Kids Healthier. Will They Last?
New research shows that adding more fresh vegetables and whole grains to school lunches helped curb childhood obesity for vulnerable children, prompting questions about recent USDA rollbacks. (Civil Eats)

The Future Reset: Global Food Systems
"So, what is the problem? We have a food system that is, in the United States and globally, efficient, but not agile. And what COVID did was unbare the challenges of the lack of agility in the food system." (Washington Post)

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.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/11/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 11, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Request for Proposals: Research on Agriculture and Local Food Activity in the Appalachian Region. 
Deadline: August 19
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to examine agriculture and local food activity in the Appalachian Region (Region) using both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The main purposes of the research are to (1) provide a comprehensive quantitative overview of agricultural and local food activity throughout the Region, including changes over recent years, (2) identify best practices and promising models from across Appalachia, as well as elsewhere in the country, that support the development of local food systems and help farms increase revenues, and (3) identify emerging opportunities in agriculture ,including types of crops and products as well as strategic and technological innovations. The selected contractor will work closely with ARC to shape this effort over the course of a twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2020 and concluding September 30, 2021. Proposals will be evaluated on contractors’ qualifications, expertise, track record, work samples, and cost-effectiveness. Learn more and apply.

2. COVID-19 EQUITY Northeast BIPOC Farmer Relief Fund 
Deadline: August 20
Are you a BIPOC farmer or fisherperson that has been impacted by COVID-19? The Northeast BIPOC Farmer Relief Fund is now accepting applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) producers with priority for those who use sustainable, regenerative or environmentally sound practices and who contribute to their community in some way. Funded by Farm Aid, this fund will provide $500 relief payments for up to 200 applicants. Learn more and apply.

3. USDA RFA: Innovating Formal and Non-Formal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing
Deadline: August 20 
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development RFA now includes a new program area priority to address the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. This program area accepts new applications only. Learn more and apply. Interested applicants are invited to register for an informational webinar on July 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.

4. USDA's Office of Partnership and Public Engagement RFA: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program
 Deadline to apply: August 26
Via section 2501 funding, these grants support community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to conduct programming to assist producers. The deadline to apply is August 26th (please note, the announcement in the Federal Register incorrectly states the deadline as September 11!) OPPE will host a call for potential applicants on July 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST (Telephone Number: (877) 692-8955, Passcode: 6433267). No registration needed. Learn more and apply.

5. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

6. USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program RFA
Deadlines: Vary based on program, view RFA for details
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.


Webinars & Events
1. Produce Summer University (PSU) Summer Series: Writing Produce Specifications
August 11 // 3pm ET
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Use and interpret US grade standards when writing fresh produce specifications
- Describe the consequences of poorly written specifications.
- Identify resources for writing produce specifications including USDA Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs).
Register here.

2. Healthy Schools Campaign: Change For Good Town Hall
August 13 // 1pm ET
The crises facing our nation have revealed how much children and families depend on schools for more than just a quality education. Schools serve as essential community anchors that provide daily meals, outdoor space and critical mental and physical health services. With so much at stake in the upcoming election and the coming school year, Healthy Schools Campaign is hosting a virtual town hall to hear from national and local leaders, education and health experts, and you. A networking session will follow the virtual event at 2 PM ET. Register here.

3. Webinar: Connecting Children With Local Foods and Farmers Through Summer Meal Programs
August 20 // 11am ET
In this webinar hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), join summer meal experts who will share best practices and lessons learned from their experience piloting their own “Farm to Summer” initiatives during the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and learn about IATP’s report documenting the opportunities and challenges of Farm to Summer!  Register here.

4. EQUITY Webinar: Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
August 24 // 2:30pm ET
The webinar, sponsored by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems in association with the Racial Equity in the Food Systems Workgroup, will share results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. You will hear examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.  Authors and food hub leader discussants will also offer perspectives on the deeper questions that must be addressed to meaningfully support equity across the food system. Register here.

5. Webinar: Cooperatives 101
August 26 //  6:30pm - 8:30pm ET
Join this free webinar with Center for Cooperatives in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. and GDUCCI will present this Cooperative 101 webinar course where we welcome farmers, organizations, and folks in the food industry to learn about what a cooperative is, and how cooperatives work. Learn more and register.

6. Virtual Listening Sessions: Feasibility of Insuring Local Food Production
August 17-20, 24-28, 31, and September 1-3
As part of the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress required USDA's Risk Management Agency to solicit feedback about improved crop insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers selling through local food markets. This includes discussing how existing crop insurance programs can be improved, as well as exploring the possibility of a new crop insurance program. There are several scheduled Zoom listening sessions, which will be held from mid-August through early September with the sessions for farmers and ranchers divided by region, commodity, and market channel. Please contact Andre Williamson (240-432-0308 OR email: awilliamson@agralytica.com), President of Agralytica, with any questions. If you email, please include “Local foods insurance” as your subject line.

7. EQUITY Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule."
September 11-12
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. Co-sponsored with Antioch College and The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, this conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more! Learn more and register. 


Research & Resources 
1. NFSN COVID-19 National Farm to School Network  (NFSN) COVID Support Survey
More than 100 days into the COVID-19 pandemic, NFSN remains committed to supporting you, the farm to school & ECE community, through this crisis. As a new school year approaches, we're pausing to ask - what kinds of support can National Farm to School Network provide to help you do your work in the coming months? Please take our short, 8 question survey to share your feedback!

2. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

3. COVID-19 How Is COVID-19 Impacting Your Community? The Federal Reserve Wants to Hear From You
Deadline: August 12
In April and June, the Federal Reserve System conducted surveys to understand better the range of challenges facing under-resourced and low-income communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings are available in Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them. The insights gained from previous survey rounds helped understand how this crisis is affecting organizations, like yours, supporting community needs, and directly informed policymaking deliberations within the Federal Reserve. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey here.

4. Seeking 2020 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HHFI) Application Reviewers
Deadline: August 31
Reinvestment Fund is looking for food systems and food access experts to serve as application reviewers for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program.The 2020 HFFI Targeted Small Grants Program is making $3 million available for grants to innovative fresh food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas. We are seeking reviewers with personal and professional experience with improving access to affordable, nutritious food through food retail. Reviewers will be required to participate in a training session, which will be done by a video or conference call, prior to reviewing the applications. No travel is required. Reviewers will receive a stipend. Apply here.

5. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB): Call for Papers on Sustainable Management of Food
Deadline: September 15
While the greatest impact on sustainability of food systems is related to food production, this is outside the scope of JNEB. However, an important aspect of the sustainable management of food that is within JNEB’s scope is investigation of reductions in food loss and waste that involve behavioral changes. For those studies involving an intervention, authors do not need to make a clear connection between their intervention and increasing sustainability, but acknowledgement of this link should be evident in the Introduction and Implications section, with caution not to overstate results. Examples of papers that would fall with this topic include: Food Waste in a School Nutrition Program After Implementation of New Lunch Program Guidelines and A Plate Waste Evaluation of the Farm to School Program. Learn more.

6. North American Food Systems Network's (NAFSN) Sourcebook
Online training in food systems work is growing due to its safety, convenience, and cost-effectiveness in these times. The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) would like to help promote online training opportunities through its free Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook. Listings include certificates, webinar series, workshops, and the like related to the production, marketing, and consumption of good food. Online training programs can be for-fee or for-free, but should be available to everyone in North America. If you are directly involved with or know of a remote learning opportunity or online training program focused on food systems work, email Javier Ramirez at jar548@cornell.edu with a brief description of the program or opportunity and your contact information.

7. COVID-19 Georgia Organics' Seed Sharing Toolkit
As many school districts return to school virtually, there is a demand for hands-on learning opportunities. In an effort to support active, experiential learning while strengthening community Farm to School connections, Georgia Organics has created the Seed Sharing Toolkit. This guide includes advice on the sourcing and distribution of seeds and educational resources in partnership with school or community meal providers. View the toolkit here.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.
2. COVID-19 Issue Brief: COVID-19 School Reopening: Supporting School Meals and Students' Health in School Year 2020-2021 
View this brief co-authored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Michigan, and the Center for Ecoliteracy on policy recommendations for supporting school nutrition programs as they reopen for the next school year. View the brief and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics statement on the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act here

3. New Massachusetts Law Will Require High-Poverty Schools to Provide Breakfast After the Bell
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed what supporters called the Breakfast After the Bell bill Tuesday. Starting in 2022, schools with 60 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced meals must offer breakfast after the bell, which could mean the food can be eaten in class or picked up to eat later in the morning or day. Read more.


In The News
Since March, U.S. Schools Have Been Able to Feed Anyone Under 18. Now, They’ll Have to Turn Some Kids Away.
At the same time they’re facing new populations of food-insecure students, school nutrition directors are preparing to scale down their food distribution efforts, gearing up to charge for meals again, and bracing to say they can’t provide for every child in a family. (The Counter)

New Indigenous Food Lab Looks to Mend a Broken System
Plans to open the very first Indigenous Food Lab in Minnesota is underway. The space will include a restaurant, a training kitchen and education center, and aims to be a hub for Indigenous food education. Owners hope the lab and others like it will allow Indigenous people to reclaim cultural food traditions that have been absent for multiple generations. (Modern Farmer)

A Portland Farm Seeks to Restore Black People to the Land
The Black Futures Farm is part of a coalition of Black and African-identifying food producers that, along with educators, community builders and advocates, are working towards a goal of Black food sovereignty. The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition aims to provide healthy, culturally relevant food to people in the Black community through stewardship of the land and to deconstruct barriers to wealth through the creation of food. (Oregon Public Broadcast)

Georgia Preschool Farm Stand Clears Final Hurdle to Sell Produce
The Forest Park, Georgia City Council on Monday granted a conditional use permit to Little Ones Early Learning Center to sell produce they grow in their own garden along with organic produce from area farms. City code enforcement had ordered the stand to close last year because the school is located in a residential area that previously was not zoned for commercial activity. (The Atlanta-Journal Constitution)
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