Food Access

The Food Access Crosscutting Team connects organizations working on food security, food access, and nutrition issues, assesses how well food access issues are being integrated into Farm to Plate Network Working Groups, and works to ensure that local food is accessible to low income Vermonters in every corner of the state. The team works to integrate Food Justice and Racial Equity into their discussions and in the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. This year, they are exploring new opportunities for collaboration with working groups, including Farmland Access and Stewardship and Education and Workforce Development. The team is also learning about programs that help low-income Vermonters afford local food and about the factors that influence the cost of food, including national agricultural subsidies, labor costs, and purchasing power of low-income households. 


Activities

Food Access CCT visit the Education & Workforce Development Working Group Add to Collection

In April, Faye Conte from the Food Access CCT attended the Education and Workforce Development Working Group's meeting to learn about their efforts and discuss overlaps and opportunities for collaboration. The two groups will explore opportunities to further their joint learning and collaborate over the next couple of years.

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CCT finalizes 2016 Work Plan and discusses programs helping Vermonters afford local food Add to Collection

In its May meeting, the Food Access CCT learned about and discussed programs that help low-income Vermonters buy local food. The group heard from panelists about 3SquaresVT, Crop Cash coupons for the farmers markets, discount programs at food co-ops, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon program in the NEK. The group also finalized its work plan for the year, committing to reaching out to new Working Groups to collaborate on relevant food access work and learning.

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