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Celebrate National CACFP Week March 10-16, 2024

03/12/2024
It’s National CACFP Week! Join Hunger Solutions New York in celebrating the childcare providers, afterschool programs, and schools that serve healthy meals and snacks to children in their care through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Across New York, hundreds of thousands of children access nutritious meals through CACFP. Children in programs that serve meals through CACFP develop lifelong healthy eating habits and have improved nutrition security.

Reimbursement through CACFP can help offset the costs of food expenses for both child care providers and families. CACFP can help make childcare more affordable for families while also improving the quality of care. Thousands of childcare providers and afterschool programs already participate in CACFP, but many more are eligible but not enrolled.

Take action to help expand awareness of this important program:

Learn more

Visit ChildcareMealsNY.org or AfterschoolMealsNY.org to learn about serving creditable meals through CACFP, how to apply, meal pattern requirements, and more.

Share Your CACFP Story

Sharing your experience with serving meals through CACFP can help raise awareness for families and providers about this crucial support for children, families, and providers. If you are currently participating in CACFP, please consider sharing your story using our online form.

Visit our website to see how we have used CACFP stories in the past to highlight providers who are nourishing kids with healthy meals and […]

March 12th, 2024|Categories: External posts|

Catching up on some exciting advocacy work from the past few weeks

03/09/2024

Photo 1 – Natasha Pernicka (The Food Pantries for the Capital District) and Renee Filette (Dutchess Outreach) met with Rob Rolison to discuss food insecurity in the Hudson Valley and the importance of supporting front-line food providers in the state budget. We appreciate the Senator’s support!

The Alliance is honored to participate in the The White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities. You can read our commitment (photo 2) and check out the kickoff event (photo 3) via this link.

 



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Food Policy Watch (Hunter College) for the week of March 6, 2024

03/06/2024

Original Center stories, news, research studies and events for the week of March 6, 2024
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𝗡𝗬𝗖𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆.𝗼𝗿𝗴 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀
• February 2024 Food Flash (nycfoodpolicy.org)
• 40 Under 40 Guest Article: Environmental Benefits of Outdoor Soilless Agriculture in Urban Areas (nycfoodpolicy.org)
• ICYMI: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine Prevents Food Waste and Feeds the Hungry (nycfoodpolicy.org)
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𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝟰𝟬 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝟰𝟬 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗬𝗖 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻!
Nominations due by Friday, April 12th
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𝗨𝗣𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀:
SAVE THE DATE: May 16th, 2024
Strategies for Sustained Nutrition and Culinary Education Programs
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𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁
𝘕𝘠𝘊 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥, 𝘈𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘸𝘴
• NYC Expands Meal Delivery Service for Seniors As More Fall Into Poverty (Gothamist)
• ‘We Are Behind’: NYC’s New Sanitation Chair Presses for Better Organics Funding, Transparency (Waste Dive)
• NYC Says Food Stamps and Cash Aid Backlog Is Nearly Gone After Record Delays (Gothamist)
• As of Today, Half of New York City’s Trash Must Go in Bins (New York Times)
• A Williamsburg Café Fights Food Insecurity and Inequity in the Coffee Industry (ABC 7)
• Whole Foods Is Rolling Out Smaller Convenience Stores Around NYC (Eater)

𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴
• Kellogg CEO Under Fire for Suggesting Cereal as a Money-Saving Dinner (Washington Post)
• U.N. Experts Say Gaza Is Close to Famine. What Does That Mean? (New York Times)
• DC Central Kitchen Healthy […]

March 6th, 2024|Categories: External posts, Newsletters|

Food as Medicine Watch (March 5, 2024)

03/06/2024

Original Center articles, news, research studies and events for the week of March 5, 2024
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𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀
• Food and Its Use: Olive Oil (foodmedcenter.org)
• Ultra-Processed Foods (UPFS) Study Spotlight Take-Away With Chef Dr. Mike (foodmedcenter.org)
• Probiotics and the MGBA (foodmedcenter.org)

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁
𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 (𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦) & 𝘊𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦
• Dietary Influences on Skin Health in Common Dermatological Disorders (Cureus) (Peer-Reviewed Research)
• Mediterranean Diet Adherence and Sleep Pattern: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies (BMC Nutrition) (Peer-Reviewed Research)
• Diet as a Lifestyle Intervention to Lower Preeclampsia Risk (Journal of the American Heart Association) (Peer-Reviewed Research)
• Eating Habits and the Desire to Eat Healthier Among Patients With Chronic Pain: A Registry-Based Study (Scientific Reports) (Peer-Reviewed Research)
• Does Yogurt Reduce Risk of Diabetes? The FDA Says It Might (MSN)
• Atlantic Diet Linked to Health Benefits (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
• Diet Drinks Boost Risk of Dangerous Heart Condition by 20%, Study Says (CNN)
• Mediterranean Diet May Help Lower Depression Risk in Older Women (Medical News Today)
• 10 Best and Worst Foods for Leaky Gut, According to Dietitians (EatingWell)
• Genome-Wide Interaction Study of Dietary Intake and Colorectal Cancer Risk in the UK Biobank (JAMA Network Open) (Peer-Reviewed Research)
• 10 Foods for Thyroid Health—And 3 To Avoid (Health)
• I’m Still Making Revisions in My Diet for Parkinson’s (Parkinson’s News Today)
• Can Diet […]

March 6th, 2024|Categories: External posts, Newsletters|

New York State Department of Labor February Newsletter

03/06/2024

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• Get Hired at a State Agency with No Exam Through the NY HELP Program
• Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 6
• New Protections Against Card Skimmers for EBT Users
• Governor Hochul Provides $200 Million in Utility Relief
• You Can Now Register for the Summer Educator Ambassador Program
• Early Registration Now Open for Dr. King Career Fair
• The DOL is Hiring Across New York State!

𝙂𝙚𝙩 𝙃𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙖 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝘼𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙉𝙤 𝙀𝙭𝙖𝙢 𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙉𝙔 𝙃𝙀𝙇𝙋 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢
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The NY HELP hiring program has been implemented to streamline the appointment process to allow State agencies to hire diverse, qualified permanent employees quickly and without examinations.

All New York State employees hired under the HELP program will be appointed on a permanent basis. And starting in May of 2024, Civil Service will be launching an expanded program to streamline hiring all open-competitive positions.

Please visit the Civil Service website to learn more about NY HELP.

And to view the current list of open jobs, please visit the State Jobs website.

 

𝙒𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣’𝙨 𝙀𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙋𝙖𝙮 𝘿𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝 6
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With Women’s History Month just around the corner in March, NYSDOL is recognizing March Equal Pay Day on March 6, which commemorates how much longer the average woman would have to work to earn as much as the average male […]

March 6th, 2024|Categories: Events, External posts, Job postings, Newsletters|

GardenShare March 2024 eNews

03/02/2024

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• 𝗔 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿
Hello (new) friends,

I hope at this moment you are sitting in your favorite spot, warm and cozy while you dream of Spring and warmer days. In the coming weeks, as Spring renewal becomes more evident, may you find yourself planning your garden or eager to taste the produce from for favorite local farm.

My name is Erin Cuseo and I am thrilled to be the new GardenShare’s new Program Coordinator. Over the last 15 years I have managed small diversified farming operations in Washington State, Colorado, and Missouri. My focus has been on vegetables, but for the last 7 years I have co-operated a Water Buffalo meat and dairy operation. Over the years I have been actively involved in Farmers Markets, both as a vendor and as a board member. I am excited to finally set down roots in St. Lawrence County.

For me, the best part about being a farmer has always been the farmers market. The connection with the consumer, whether through education or excitement, has always been the highlight of farming. During my tenure as a farmer, I partnered directly with multiple nonprofits with the goal of addressing food insecurity and increasing food access at farmers markets.

As someone who has spent most of her adult life in agriculture, I am passionate about shopping locally and providing equitable […]

March 2nd, 2024|Categories: Events, External posts, Newsletters|

Press Release: Statewide Coalition of Food Pantries Recognized as Part of the White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities

03/01/2024

Albany, N.Y. – This week, the White House announced the commitments made by groups across the U.S. as part of the White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities. The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York, a coalition of frontline community food providers (like food pantries and food rescue organizations), was one of the organizations recognized for their commitment to end hunger by expanding access to food resources and amplifying the voices of those experiencing food insecurity in New York State.

“With one in four adults acknowledging they have experienced food insecurity in New York, this past year, we have the moral imperative to make sure those struggling have information and access to food resources to help them make it through these challenging times”, said Natasha Pernicka, executive director of The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York. “Millions of New Yorkers are seeing the effects of food inflation at grocery stores, which has increased 25% since 2019, and are turning to food pantries in record numbers. Making sure that the voices of people experiencing the distress of not having enough food are included in policy and programs is integral to ending hunger.”

“Our challenges go beyond mere statistics—they are deeply personal to me. As a resident of the Finger Lakes region for my entire life, I’ve seen firsthand the impact of growing up in an environment where […]

Food Bank News: How Pantries Are Gaining Power

03/01/2024

Wonderful shout out to The Alliance’s members West Side Campaign Against Hunger and The Food Pantries for the Capital District, along with other great orgs: New York Common Pantry and Meeting Essential Needs With Dignity.

Thanks Food Bank News and Chris Costanzo for showing the importance of frontline food providers working together.

Link to article:
https://foodbanknews.org/how-pantries-are-gaining-power/

 

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Food pantries are seeing more new faces – Trinity Alliance Albany

01/01/1970

In the Capital Region of New York State, food pantries are seeing more new faces, and people attending pantries more often.

We are calling on NYS to fund:
– Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program at $75 Million,
– Nourish New York at $75 Million,
– For each of these programs to have and maintain direct contracts with direct service providers

Send this video to your local Assemblymember and Senator.

Support The Alliance.

Thank you to TrinityAlliance Albany of the Capital Region, a member of The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York for sharing your stories, Please support them at https://trinityalliancealbany.org/

 

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Food Policy Watch (Hunter College) for the week of February 28, 2024

02/29/2024

Original Center stories, news, research studies and events for the week of February 28, 2024
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𝗡𝗬𝗖𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆.𝗼𝗿𝗴 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀
• Interview With Cathy Nonas, Executive Director of Meals for Good (nycfoodpolicy.org)
• The Roundtable: Allies for Food Access Leverages Resources to Address Food Insecurity (nycfoodpolicy.org)
• ICYMI: Interview With Natasha Pernicka, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York and The Food Pantries for the Capital District (nycfoodpolicy.org)

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𝗨𝗣𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚
𝙄𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙋𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘽𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙛𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙡 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨:
• Strategies for Sustained Nutrition and Culinary Education Programs
• Panel on Food Waste
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𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁
𝘕𝘠𝘊 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥, 𝘈𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘸𝘴
• New Modular Outdoor Dining Sheds Coming to NYC Streets (Gothamist)
• Providing Produce to the Big Apple (Agriculture.com)
• I Spent a Week Rescuing Food From the Trash. Here’s What I Ate. (New York Times)

𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴
• Instacart Links With Quest Diagnostics to Reduce US Food Insecurity (Progressive Grocer)
• Red Rabbit Will Bring “Culturally Relevant” Meals to DC School Kids (Axios)
• Guest Opinion: Ann Cooper: Healthy School Meals for All Is Working. Let’s Keep It Strong! (Daily Camera)
• Puerto Rico’s ‘Solidarity Supermarket’ Offers Fresh Local Food — And Dignity for Shoppers (Global Press Journal)
• UN Agency Warns of ‘Looming Famine’ in Gaza Amid Israel War (Al Jazeera)
• The Lasting Adult Impact of Childhood Food Insecurity or Food Neglect (The Seattle Times)

𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥, 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵
• From Trash to Table: Will Upcycled Food Save the Planet? […]

February 29th, 2024|Categories: External posts, Newsletters|

Food as Medicine Watch (February 27, 2024)

02/28/2024

Original Center articles, news, research studies and events for the week of February 27, 2024
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𝘕𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘴 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘋𝘳. 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘬𝘪𝘯, 𝘗𝘩𝘋, 𝘑𝘋, 𝘔𝘗𝘏, 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴.

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀
• What Are the Health Benefits of Vitamin B12? (foodmedcenter.org)
• Protein Intake and Cardiovascular Health Study Spotlight Take-Away With Chef Dr. Mike (foodmedcenter.org)
• Prebiotics and the MGBA (foodmedcenter.org)

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁
𝘐𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴
• CSPI’s Food Additive Safety Ratings (CSPI Net)
• 6 Podcasts for Food Lovers (NY Times)
• Milk Optional in a Balanced Diet (Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)
• Industry-Funded Studies of the Week: Meat (Food Politics)
• Pesticide Chlormequat Found in Cheerios, Other Oat-Based Foods: Report (Food Dive)
• High Dietary Inflammatory Index Increases the Risk of Female Infertility: An Analysis of Nhanes 2013-2018 (Nutrition Research)
• Food Additive E551 Could Promote Coeliac Disease (EurekAlert!)
• Common Plant Could Help Reduce Food Insecurity, Researchers Find (EurekAlert!)

𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 (𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦) 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯
• Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Depression in the Elderly and Patients with Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Healthcare) (Peer Reviewed Research)
• Food to Prevent Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease (Nutrients) (Peer Reviewed Research)
• Milestone Review: Gaba, From Chemistry, Conformations, Ionotropic Receptors, Modulators, Epilepsy, Flavonoids, and, Stress […]

February 28th, 2024|Categories: External posts, Newsletters|