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11/01/2023

Help us save your pumpkins from the scary landfills!! 👻🎃It’s almost that time of year to say goodbye to those Halloween pumpkins and gourds. Don’t throw them out though - they are 100% compostable! This year, a group of compost businesses, community gardens, landscapers, and more have teamed up to offer pumpkin drop off spots all over WNY.

Drop offs are open Friday November 3rd though Sunday 5th from 10am-4pm at the following locations:
🎃Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens - Buffalo
🎃Busy Beaver Lawn and Garden - Hamburg
🎃Dearborn Street Community Garden - Buffalo
🎃The English Gardener - Snyder
🎃Erie County Compost Site - Alden
🎃Groundwork Market Garden - Buffalo
🎃Lud’s Landscaping - Buffalo
🎃Masterson’s Garden Center - East Aurora
🎃Pelion Garden - Buffalo
🎃Tripi’s Landscaping - Blasdell

All pumpkins collected with either be composted on site or brought to Buffalo River Compost, Erie County, or us, Farmer Pirates Compost. Pumpkins should not be bleached / painted and have candles / lanterns removed. For more information check out posts and website!

Homesteading class at Map with Grassroots gardens and Urban roots !! elderberry syrup , fire cider , storing  vegetable...
10/14/2023

Homesteading class at Map with Grassroots gardens and Urban roots !! elderberry syrup , fire cider , storing  vegetables ,seed saving and foraging !!

Food For All provided SNAP outreach at the SPCA dog clinic at St.Katharine Drexel RC Church on Oct. 4th ! Was a great tu...
10/14/2023

Food For All provided SNAP outreach at the SPCA dog clinic at St.Katharine Drexel RC Church on Oct. 4th ! Was a great turn out with lots of beautiful dogs !!

10/06/2023
October Garden Tips from Hudson Valley Seed Company October   marks the last curtain call for tender plants. As more pla...
10/03/2023

October Garden Tips from Hudson Valley Seed Company
October
marks the last curtain call for tender plants. As more plants die back and more beds empty, a nice moment opens up to think about your garden’s future. This month, give yourself something to look forward to: Shop end-of-season seed sales, plant spring-flowering bulbs, or pamper your soil with a winter-hardy cover crop. October, with its colder, wetter, shorter days, shortens the to-do list and sowing opportunities, but provides a great opportunity to prioritize tasks that will benefit you and your garden into the next growing season.

Vegetables That You Can Still Plant

As October's chillier, shorter days set in, it's time to acknowledge what we know intuitively: there aren't many vegetables to be started at this point. That said, winter-hardy greens like Mache and Spinach can still be sown this month and into the winter. They will grow roots with each warm day, thaw in the coldest months, and in early spring, will grow foliage for next season’s first salads. Your future self will thank you for these sowings, even if the wait to enjoy the harvest is long and cold.

The main vegetable effort this time of year comes in the form of bulbs: in the northern and mid-Atlantic states, October is the best month for planting garlic and shallots. Both of these delicious alliums need a bed with lots of organic matter, and both benefit from mulch (though it's not strictly necessary). For detailed planting instructions on garlic growing, have a look at our Tips for Growing Garlic. One key takeaway: garlic demands soil with high fertility, so add as much compost as you can—along with a general purpose organic fertilizer—at planting time. For the biggest bulbs, be prepared to supplement with an additional round of fertilizer in early spring, before you even start preparing the rest of your garden.

Plant Bulbs for Spring Blooms

October is not only a great time to plan(t) ahead for your taste buds—but for visual feasting as well. Fall-planted flower bulbs like Alliums, Crocuses, Daffodils, Irises, Muscari, and Tulips can be planted later this month, and will be ready to emerge colorfully in early spring.

Bulbs, unlike seeds, like to be placed deep in the ground. Dig a hole that is two or three times deeper than the bulb. Plant it right side up: the round end of the “tear-drop” should be on the bottom, pointy end facing up. Cover back up with soil and then water in well to help the bulb establish roots.

To mimic a natural look, scatter your bulbs on top of the soil to achieve an uneven or "random" pattern; use this pattern to guide your digging (still mostly following the suggested spacing) instead of planting in straight rows. Keep the planted area weeded to eliminate the competition for water and nutrients. If you find that some bulbs get “un-planted” by hungry critters, consider protecting your bulb bed by laying down a sheet of chicken wire, removing it when the plants sprout in the spring.

Aim to plant fall bulbs anytime before the ground freezes, which is typically about 4-8 weeks after the first frost date. For more tips on bulb planting read How to Succeed with Fall Planted Bulbs. (One highlight: our hori hori and v-shaped hoe make great planting tools for bulbs!)

Flower Seeds to Sow Know

Many flower seeds, especially of perennial varieties, benefit from fall sowing, as the seeds require a period of damp chill to initiate the germination process. Perennials such as Echinacea, Wild Bergamot, Milkweeds, and Blazing Star all do well when fall or winter sown, as do some annuals—most notably Poppies.

We offer several wildflower mixes that do well with a fall sowing, including our Northeast Native Mix, our Eastern Pollinator Mix, and our four varieties of Wildflower Meadow Seed Shakers, each of which provides a fun, kid- and amateur-friendly way to cover about 100 square feet in attractive blooms.

Protect Crops from Frost

At this time of year, just like in spring, it can be easy to be tricked by the warm days, but nights can quickly dip into low temperatures and the weather can take an unpredictable turn. To keep tender crops producing for a few extra weeks, season extension tools such as cold frames, row covers, and quick wire hoops are very effective. Look back to our Season Extension post for more on row cover use. Our hoops are simple rounded wire lengths that can be inserted into the ground around plants to keep row covers from direct contact with crops, thus adding better heat retention, airflow, and overall plant health. They can also be used in greenhouses and high tunnels, or under taller low hoops that hold plastic, adding 5 degrees of frost protection to any space.

Nurture Your Soil

As patches of bare soil open up in the garden, take time to make sure your soil is healthy, fed, and ready for next season. Now is the time to add balance and add in nutrients, through amendments and cover crops.

For empty beds that you'll need to use first thing in spring, conisder laying down an inch or two of compost across the soil suface.

For empty beds that you won't need to use first thing in the spring, consider planting cover crops; these will add organic matter, fix nitrogen, draw nutrients from the soil, prevent erosion, and can even break pest and disease cycles. Learn which cover crops you can still plant now (hint: peek at Winter Rye and Austrian Winter Pea

09/15/2023

Majority of States & Territories Offer SNAP Replacement Benefits After Skimming

In December 2022, Congress authorized the USDA to provide replacement SNAP benefits to households whose benefits are stolen through card skimming and similar crimes. All 50 states have submitted plans to process these claims. Thirty-six plans have been approved by USDA thus far.

The following states are already replacing benefits in eligible circumstances:
Maryland, Vermont, Oregon, South Dakota, Alabama, Texas, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, New Jersey, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, North Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas, Louisiana, Guam, Virginia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Wyoming, New York, Mississippi, *North Carolina, *Washington, *Florida, *Idaho, *Michigan, *Minnesota, *Montana, *New Hampshire, *Utah, *Wisconsin, *Missouri, *Alaska, *District of Columbia, and *Rhode Island.

*States are newly (as of 8/15/23) implementing replacement benefits.

It's Back to School Season! Complete Your Student's School Meal ApplicationAt the beginning of each academic year, schoo...
09/15/2023

It's Back to School Season!
Complete Your Student's School Meal Application

At the beginning of each academic year, schools across the nation send school meal applications home with students. By filling out the application, eligible students receive free or reduced-price meals during the school day. These programs ensure students can thrive in school with full bellies.

You may complete a school meal application at any point during the school year.

RAMAMA therapeutic Garden !!
08/19/2023

RAMAMA therapeutic Garden !!

Free summer lunches for kids 18 and younger ar most locations end this Friday !!
08/14/2023

Free summer lunches for kids 18 and younger ar most locations end this Friday !!

08/09/2023

“[W]e proclaim a vision for our society that upholds the truth that every human life is sacred and inviolable—a society in which the legal protection of human life is accompanied by profound care for mothers and their children.” – Standing with Moms...

Saying good-bye to Kannamma ! She will be missed !!
08/02/2023

Saying good-bye to Kannamma ! She will be missed !!

RAHAMAs garden
07/27/2023

RAHAMAs garden

Farmers Market Coupons for Seniors in Erie County The Department of Senior Services is issuing $25.00 booklets to eligib...
07/27/2023

Farmers Market Coupons for Seniors in Erie County
The Department of Senior Services is issuing $25.00 booklets to eligible seniors for use at farmers markets. The booklets are issued at various locations in Erie County and are on a first come, first served basis. Seniors that wish to receive the must be 60 years of age or older and meet income requirements. Call the Department of Senior Services at 716-858-8526 for eligibility conditions and for locations of coupon distribution.

Urgent Action Needed: Support These Three Essential Bills to Fortify our Local Farms, Markets, and Food System This week...
07/27/2023

Urgent Action Needed: Support These Three Essential Bills to Fortify our Local Farms, Markets, and Food System

This week offers a critical opportunity for you to advocate for a strong local food system, and we’re calling on you to help make it happen. Please help us advocate for a robust local food system that supports our farmers, markets, and communities!


Congress is working on the 2023 Farm Bill, a critical opportunity to prioritize local food systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of investing in regional food systems to sustain jobs and ensure our communities have access to fresh food during times of crisis.

FMC has been hard at work to update our priorities based on the needs of farmers and farmers markets and then to have them included in the Farm Bill. Thanks to our policy team and members' efforts, FMC has had some big wins.

We’re counting on you to call your congressperson and ask them to support three essential bills to strengthen our local food systems: the Local Farms and Food Act, the Farmers Market and Food Bank Revitalization Act, and the Enabling Farmers to Benefit from Processing Nutrition Programs Act of 2023. (A script is provided at the bottom of this email).

Key Bills we are supporting:


The Local Farms and Food Act (S.1205, H.R. 2723) will make it easier for smaller-scale organizations and producers to access funding from federal programs to invest in their communities and local food systems. Specifically, the act:

increases funding for the Local Agricultural Market Program grants, including the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

creates a streamlined “Turn-Key” grant category with a simplified application process for FMPP grants under $100,000

supports the ongoing success of nutrition incentive programs and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

includes a proposed reduction in match for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program and Value Added Producer Grants. However, there is no reduction in match for FMPP. This issue is an essential priority for FMC, and we have been working hard to make the case for reducing matching requirements* for FMPP grants. This is where we could use your help.


*The grant match requirements were a holdover from the 2018 Farm Bill. FMC believes that specific changes are necessary to make the grant system more accessible and equitable for all. In our sign-on letter addressing this point, nearly 300 fellow signatories across 42 states joined us in asking that match requirements be reduced from 25% to 10% for the existing grant categories, and that the matching funds' requirement be removed for the Turn-Key Grants proposed as part of the Local Farms and Food Act. Reducing barriers to accessing these grant programs can create a more inclusive and equitable local food system that benefits all stakeholders.


The Farmers Market and Food Bank Revitalization Act (H.R.2378)will invest in local and regional food systems, benefiting local farmers and local eaters. It increases funding for programs like the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and provides higher benefits for the Women, Infants, and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). This means more money will be spent with local farmers. The act will also help create new markets and support existing ones by offering resources for updating and establishing farmers' markets through an infrastructure funding program. Furthermore, the bill will establish a pilot program for food banks to source produce from local growers.


The Enabling Farmers to Benefit from Processing Nutrition Programs Act will cut red tape and streamline applications from farmers seeking to participate as authorized vendors under several nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (FMNP). The Act will also improve access to appropriate benefit processing equipment for farmers and farmers' markets.


These three bills have come about as a direct result of FMC’s advocacy efforts based on the needs of our members and represent many years of collective effort. Now we need your help to make them even better. Will you take action with us today to support the Local Farms and Food Act, the Farmers Market and Food Bank Revitalization Act, and the Enabling Farmers to Benefit from Processing Nutrition Programs Act of 2023?


Script to Call your Member of Congress!

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121
Leave a message for your Members of Congress:
“Hi, my name is ____, and I’m a constituent and a ____ [farmer, parent, concerned citizen, etc.]. As your constituent, I care about strengthening our local food systems! [The Local Farms and Food Act, the Farmers Market and Food Bank Revitalization Act, and the Enabling Farmers to Benefit from Processing Nutrition Act of 2023] will support the expansion and growth of local and regional food systems nationwide. It invests in food-insecure communities to promote local economies and ensure accessible, affordable access to fresh, locally-grown produce. Will you consider cosponsoring these acts today?

Additionally, I urge you to support the reduction of federal matching requirements for Federal grants for small farmers and farmers markets. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

After you call, reply to this email to let us know you called and how it went!

No time to make a call? You can still send a quick email to your legislators using the above script!

Niagara County Farmers Markets Niagara Falls City MarketMondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Year-Round: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Loca...
07/27/2023

Niagara County Farmers Markets

Niagara Falls City Market
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Year-Round: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located centrally in Niagara Falls, this is a smaller operation featuring rotating local farmers year-round. Plenty of parking makes for an easy trip to the market, where you can purchase fresh fruit, veggies, plants and delectable baked goods.

Lewiston Artisan Farmers Market
Saturdays from June 3 to October 14, 2023: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Expect freshly-brewed coffee and tea, artisanal seasonings, gourmet dog treats, and even locally distilled gin — as well as the usual suspects — at this Academy Park gathering. Yogis will want to check the page before hitting the market, as community yoga classes are frequently on the docket.

Lockport Community Market
Wednesdays from July 5 to September 27, 2023: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays from May 20 to October 21, 2023: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Founded in 2011, the Lockport Community Market adds artisans and musicians to their array of local producers, who bring produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and more. Plan to set aside a good chunk of time to spend here on a Saturday, and make sure to bring the kiddos.

Newfane Methodist Farmers Market
Wednesdays from July 5 to September 27, 2023: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

For a true taste of small-town summer, head to the weekly market in Newfane, a hamlet just north of Lockport on the shores of Lake Ontario. In addition to locally grown goods and crafts, expect live music, community bike rides, and a summertime menu with favorites like sausage with peppers and onions, and a local favorite, beef on weck.

North Tonawanda City Farmers Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Year-Round: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Generations of Niagara County families have been heading to this 100-year-old market to gather fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh florals. Come hungry — there are baked goods aplenty, as well as booths offering samples of delicacies like fresh basil pesto and garlicky bruschetta.

Pendleton Station Market
Sundays from June 11 to October 15, 2023: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A former train station turned community market — featuring a mix of unique vendors and artisan wares. Browse and shop a variety organic soaps, soy wax candles, spices, sweet treats, and homemade goodies for your best fur-friend. And as an added bonus, the Craft Coffee House is conveniently located next door serving all of your favorite Sunday morning meals — coffee, waffles, and avocado toast.

Wilson Community Farmers Market
Tuesdays from June 20 to September 26, 2023: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This weekly farmers market takes place every Tuesday evening and features a mix of fresh produce, craft vendors, baked goods, and local wineries. A vendor list is shared weekly on their page.

Farmer's Markets in Wyoming CountyPerry Perry Farmer's Market 36-38 S Main St, Perry, NY 14530 585.237.2614 June 18 to S...
07/27/2023

Farmer's Markets in Wyoming County
Perry Perry Farmer's Market 36-38 S Main St, Perry, NY 14530 585.237.2614 June 18 to September 24 Saturday, 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Warsaw Farm & Artisan Market at the Villa 64 N Main St, Warsaw, NY 14569 585.786.8766 May 11 to October 26 Wednesday, 2 - 6PM
Arcade Arcade Farmer's Market 378 W. Main St in Arcade, NY 585.492.2114 June 2 to September 29

Wyoming County's Office for the Aging is currently distributing market coupons to seniors.  Those interested can stop in...
07/27/2023

Wyoming County's Office for the Aging is currently distributing market coupons to seniors. Those interested can stop in without an appointment and get them at the front desk. They will continue to distribute into September.
Wyoming Office of the Aging
8 Perry Ave
Warsaw, NY
585-786-8833

Free summer Meals in Wyoming  County !
07/27/2023

Free summer Meals in Wyoming County !

Dear Editor, When the school year ends, the Summer Food Service Program offers free, healthy meals to kids and teens at schools, parks, libraries, community centers, and other family-friendly locations. These meals fill the nutrition gap for students who rely on school breakfast and lunch. No applic...

Free Summer Meals in Wyoming County
07/27/2023

Free Summer Meals in Wyoming County

Editor:

Genesee County Farmers Market Bank Street at, Alva Pl, Batavia, NY 14020Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 4pmSNAP and Dou...
07/24/2023

Genesee County Farmers Market
Bank Street at, Alva Pl, Batavia, NY 14020
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 4pm
SNAP and Double Up $20.00 a day

Corfu Farmers Market
63 Alleghany Rd. Corfu, NY 14036
Mondays 4pm to 7 pm
Snap, farmer stand only, no vendors

LeRoy Farmers Market
Trigon Park
Saturday 9am to 12:30pm
June to October
Snap

06/26/2023
FRAC conference
06/26/2023

FRAC conference

FRAC Conference !! FARM Bill !!
06/26/2023

FRAC Conference !! FARM Bill !!

One way to menu plan is to find new dishes to make. One blogger I follow is, Half baked Harvest New! Baked Crunchy Hot H...
01/04/2023

One way to menu plan is to find new dishes to make. One blogger I follow is, Half baked Harvest
New! Baked Crunchy Hot Honey Chicken: Simple cornflake-crusted chicken baked up on a sheet pan until crispy and delicious - loved by everyone!

Baked Crunchy Hot Honey Chicken: Simple cornflake-crusted chicken baked up on a sheet pan until crispy and delicious - loved by everyone!

7 Steps for Quick and Easy Menu PlanningPost an ongoing grocery list where it's easy to see.Ask for meal ideas and share...
01/03/2023

7 Steps for Quick and Easy Menu Planning
Post an ongoing grocery list where it's easy to see.
Ask for meal ideas and share the work.
List your favourite seasonal meals ideas.
Find out what's on hand and what's on special to plan your meals.
Start planning! ...
Eat healthy meals and snacks!

Provisions 139 – West Side Services Unveils First Market-Style Food PantryWhen you think of a food pantry, you don’t ten...
12/31/2022

Provisions 139 – West Side Services Unveils First Market-Style Food Pantry
When you think of a food pantry, you don’t tend to think of a neighborhood food market. That’s why, when West Side Community Services was tasked to come up with a concept for a food distribution center on the West Side, they decided to go beyond the typical requirements. The result? A culturally appropriate, market-style food pantry, and health and wellness gathering space.
And why not? Just because food pantries have pretty much been the same routine undertakings for years, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be something more. I’m not knocking the traditional food pantry (they are amazing, and needed). I’m simply calling attention to an elevated food pantry concept that addresses more needs of the community.
It was West Side Community Services (WSCS) Executive Director Crystal Selk who originally came up with the idea to take the pantry to the next level. Not only would the healthy food be free to those in need, there would also be free programming, such as yoga, nutrition classes, and an artisan market. Many of these offerings would be catered to the refugee communities, including Burmese and Somali.
The “beyond food” distristribution center is being called Provisions 139 (located at 139 Vermont Street @ Fargo).
“We are excited to officially introduce Provisions 139 to the neighborhood,” said Selk. “We have seen a substantial increase in need since the start of the pandemic, and coupled with the increase of the refugee and immigrant population calling the West Side home, we felt it was our duty and mission to extend our services beyond our walls and provide our neighbors with access to healthy food in a unique and dignified manner. Provisions 139 is more than just a food distribution site, it is a place for the community to gather and celebrate the many unique cultural contributions our west side neighbors have to offer.”
Partnering businesses and organizations involved in the project include D’Youville’s D’Lish Kitchen, Providence Farm Collective, and United Healthcare, which is providing pantry staples and other household items. United Healthcare is also putting together custom pantry kits, filled with food, along with recipe cards and pantry schedules.
Funding for the start-up was provided by the Garman Family Foundation, to address food insecurity in the Niagara District and the Lower West Side. Much of this food, including locally grown produce, breads, and other provisions, will be sourced according to the needs of the residents, many of whom are new to Buffalo.
According to the University of Buffalo Regional Institute (2019), 62% of West Side residents rely on WIC and SNAP benefits to meet monthly food needs, and lack of money to buy food is the top concern of low-income residents in this part of Buffalo.
Provisions 139 is answering the call from community members, to address these concerns.
Now this is a corner market that we can all get behind.
Provisions 139 is open weekly on Wednesdays from 2-4:00pm, and monthly for health and wellness events. The start-up is partnering with other local organizations to offer free and unique programs, as well as pop-up pantry days with Friends of Night People. For community members interested in supporting Provisions 139 with financial or in-kind gifts, they are asked to contact West Side Community Services at 716-884-6616.

National GridNational Grid has restored power to 98% of customers who lost power during the storm. Restoration to those ...
12/28/2022

National Grid
National Grid has restored power to 98% of customers who lost power during the storm. Restoration to those still without power is expected to be completed late tonight (12/28). You can check estimated restoration times on the company’s Outage Central page.

Residential customers who experienced an outage lasting more than 72 consecutive hours due to this storm may be eligible for reimbursement for food and/or prescription medication spoilage. Reimbursement claims for qualifying customers must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2023, and include an itemized list and proof of loss. Click here for additional details and National Grid’s online claim form. Claims also can be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service or by calling 315-428-3370.

Additionally, small business customers who experienced an outage lasting more than 72 consecutive hours due to this storm may be eligible for reimbursement for food spoilage. Customers will be required to provide an itemized list and proof of loss for any spoiled food and must submit their claim form by Jan. 10, 2023. Click here for additional details and an online claim form. Claims also can be submitted through the U.S. Postal Service or by calling 315-428-3370.

As Buffalo and Erie County begin to dig out from this unprecedented storm, we wanted to offer resources for those most a...
12/28/2022

As Buffalo and Erie County begin to dig out from this unprecedented storm, we wanted to offer resources for those most affected in our community. Please share these resources far and wide with so that they can reach those in need.
211 Resources
For those in need of services during storm recovery:
911 - life threatening emergencies, including life threatening medical emergencies
716-858-SNOW - Erie County SNOW line is for requests for non-emergency medical assistance, including transportation to dialysis or cancer treatments, and delivery of critical, life-sustaining prescription medications like insulin. This line cannot provide medical advice. Please do not use this line to report unplowed streets, abandoned vehicles, or power outages.
211 - non-emergency resources for storm recovery and connection to basic needs and human service agencies
311 - City of Buffalo Municipal Helpline - up to date info on city response to the Blizzard, can also be used to report unplowed streets, answered 8:30am-6:00pm during the storm recovery, normal hours M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm.
988 - National Su***de Prevention Lifeline - mental health and crisis support available 24/7 nationwide

As always, dial 2-1-1 at any time for additional resources or referrals. You can also text your zip code to 898-211

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FRAC Applauds White House National Strategy
to Address Hunger and Its Root Causes

Statement attributed to Luis Guardia, president, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2022 — The Food Research & Action Center is pleased that the “National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health,” released today by the Biden-Harris administration, heeds the calls of anti-hunger organizations to build on the lessons learned from the pandemic, including bolstering federal nutrition programs, to effectively end hunger in the U.S. by 2030.

The strategy reflects some of the priorities FRAC laid out in its recommendations for the administration, which will be discussed at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, taking place on September 28.

The last conference of its kind was held in 1969 and proved to be a monumental catalyst for change, advancing policies and legislation that greatly improved access and expansion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and school meals.

More than 50 years later, the strategy released today recognizes that the federal nutrition programs remain among our nation’s most important, proven, and cost-effective public interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unacceptable levels of food insecurity in America, disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, and Native American households, and households with children. The dramatic spikes in hunger caused by the public health and economic fallout of the pandemic would be far worse if not for federal nutrition programs.

FRAC is pleased to see that the national strategy includes expanding access to SNAP, the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, to the formerly incarcerated and to college students. We also commend the administration for setting the stage to work with Congress to support granting territories the option to expand nutrition assistance through SNAP. Still, more must be done to expand equitable SNAP access and make SNAP benefits more adequate.

The last two years have proved that offering school meals to all children at no charge is a game changer for students, families, and schools. FRAC has been working tirelessly with its network of advocates across the country in urging Congress to make this approach permanent. The strategy outlined today moves us closer to achieving that goal by providing a pathway to reach 9 million more children with free school meals by 2032. We will continue to work with the administration and Congress to move forward on Healthy School Meals for All as quickly as possible to ensure that every child has access to the nutrition they need to learn and thrive in school. Too many families find themselves struggling to provide their children with the nutrition they need during the summer when school meals are no longer in reach. We are encouraged to see the White House is committed to expanding the Summer EBT program to ensure families have the resources they need when school lets out.

WIC has played a key role in keeping hunger at bay for infants and young children and expectant or postpartum individuals. The Biden-Harris administration plans to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to help states identify individuals eligible for WIC, among other programs, and advance its WIC modernization strategy.

Indian Country has long faced ongoing challenges of food security, which only deepened during the pandemic. According to the national strategy, the administration will continue to expand the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Self-Determination projects and partner with Tribal communities when creating enhancements to the food package. Additionally, the Biden-Harris administration aims to expand the number of Indigenous and traditional foods in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs.

As effective as the nutrition programs are, they alone cannot end hunger, which is why we applaud the administration’s efforts to tackle the root causes of hunger. These include working with Congress to permanently expand the fully refundable Child Tax Credit, which kept nearly 4 million children out of poverty and lowered the number of households reporting not having enough to eat by 26 percent last year, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helped low-to-moderate-income workers and families get a tax break, as well as needed Congressional investments in affordable housing and child care.

The pandemic has been dubbed the most unequal in modern history with job losses from the pandemic overwhelmingly affecting low-wage, minority workers most. When people do not earn enough to cover basic needs, families must choose between paying for food, rent, transportation, or medical care. To address this challenge, the Biden-Harris administration says it plans to continue working with Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The strategy also includes improving transportation options to improve food access.

The strategy is a big step in the right direction, and I look forward to being in attendance at the conference alongside FRAC Board Member Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician at Children's National Hospital, who will be speaking at the event. I’m also looking forward to hearing from people with lived and living experience with hunger and poverty — their voices are critical to shaping effective, equitable, and meaningful policy.

Ensuring that no one in this country goes hungry is foundational to health, education, well-being, national security, economic priorities, and a more equitable America.

FRAC stands ready to work with the administration, Congress, and a wide array of diverse stakeholders that include various federal, state, local, and Tribal leaders and community officers, members of the anti-hunger, health, and private sector, and people with lived expertise of hunger.

Together, we can end hunger in America by 2030. Hungry people can’t wait.
NRC Food Pantry is ClOSED this Week
9/13-9/14 /22 Call 211 to find a pantry
Genesee County Farmers Market
Bank Street at, Alva Pl, Batavia, NY 14020
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 4pm
June 3rd to October 28th
SNAP and Double Up $20.00 a day

Corfu Farmers Market
63 Alleghany Rd. Corfu, NY 14036
Mondays 4pm to 7 pm
July 11th to Sept. 26th
Snap, farmer stand only, no vendors

LeRoy Farmers Market
Trigon Park
Saturday 9am to 12:30pm
June to October
Snap
Health and Wellness Survey The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Office of Health Equity has developed a Health and Wellness Survey for Erie County residents. Responses will inform the department’s work to address health disparities. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible for a drawing of a $100 Target gift card. Recipients will be chosen after the survey closes on December 31, 2022. https://www3.erie.gov/health/form/erie-county-health-equity-and-we
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LeRoy Farmers Market
Trigon Park
Saturday 9am to 12:30pm
June to October
Snap
Corfu Farmers Market
63 Alleghany Rd. Corfu, NY 14036
Mondays 4pm to 7 pm
July 11th to Sept. 26th
Snap, farmer stand only, no vendors
Genesee County Farmers Market
Bank Street at, Alva Pl, Batavia, NY 14020
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 4pm
June 3rd to October 28th
SNAP and Double Up $20.00 a day
Hunger Free America - Benefits Specialist
Will work in Buffalo, NY with Food For All
*This is a full-time position, expected to last until 7/31/23. The Benefits Specialist will be
employed with Hunger Free America but will work under the day-to-day supervision of
Food For All in Buffalo, NY. The work will take place primarily from Food For All’s office
and community partner locations, with a possibility of some remote work from home.
Note: this position requires proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination including booster
shot within the CDC-recommended timeframe.
Hunger Free America (HFA) strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the
policies and programs needed to end hunger and ensure that everyone has sufficient access to
nutritious food.
Food For All envisions communities where all people have access to nutritious, safe, and
culturally appropriate foods that are produced in ways that are environmentally sound, socially
just, and available through local non-emergency sources.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the
largest and most effective of our nation’s public anti-hunger programs. The receipt of SNAP for
those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial
strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget.
The NYS Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC) provides nutrition counseling, health education and nutritious foods to eligible women,
infants and children. WIC ensures the health and well-being of income-eligible families with
young children and provides individually tailored food prescriptions that meet strict nutrition
requirements.
Hunger Free America was recently awarded a New York State Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The
projects selected for the award are meant to assist in the recovery of New York State
communities by improving the resiliency of infrastructure and programs serving its residents.
HFA’s and Food For All’s project will focus on connecting eligible households with the SNAP
and WIC programs in high-need communities in the city of Buffalo.
Job Description:
• Assist in determining the eligibility of potential SNAP and WIC participants in
accordance with State and Federal guidelines.
• Conduct outreach efforts to connect with low-income individuals, community agencies,
and the general public.
• Establish and strengthen existing collaborations with community providers, explain
program services, and solicit referrals.
• Achieve program targets and assist in supporting all reporting requirements.
• Attend required trainings / webinars.
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