Food Access

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Food Security Planning Resources Task Force Annual Update

Food Security Planning Resources Task Force The Food Security Planning Resources Task Force has developed Local Planning for Food Access: A Toolkit for Vermont’s Communities, which will help community members and those involved in municipal planning work to address food access in their municipal or regional plan. The Task Force has a diverse membership with experts in food access and municipal and regional planning actively engaged. Engaging people who have not traditionally participated in Farm to Plate has been one of the keys to our success and has helped ensure the toolkit will be useful to people outside of the Network. The toolkit was released in November and the Task Force will re-set and develop a plan for dissemination in 2020. This will serve as Part II of the project, and we plan to put equal effort into dissemination as we did in developing the toolkit. The goal is to make sure the planning community is aware of this resource and to also identify and support a few communities in using this toolkit and serve as case studies for other communities. - Faye Mack, Group Chair

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Food Access Cross Cutting-Team Annual Update

The Food Access Cross Cutting-Team has spent much of the last two years moving a number of projects forward, with some strategic dialogue sprinkled in throughout the year in response to CCT members’ interest. Members of the group have finalized Approaches Towards Food Access, a self-assessment tool and resource guide that helps organizations identify and reflect on the different ways that they are working to address food access. The goal is for this toolkit to encourage organizations to name the ways they are doing work and identify opportunities for new strategies or partnerships they may not have otherwise considered. There will be a workshop on the toolkit at the 2019 Network Gathering, and the subcommittee will also continue efforts to disseminate this toolkit into 2020.

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Food Access CCT 2019 Work Plan

The Food Access Cross Cutting Team's work plan for 2019 can be found here.

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Group makes progress on food justice project & explores a training for 2019

The Food Access CCT met in December to continue its work on a toolkit organizations and individuals can use to explore how they are addressing food access through different lenses, and how they can expand their work into areas of food justice. The group also met with Curtis Ogden, from the Interaction Institute for Social Change to learn about ways the group can help Network members better engage stakeholders, including producers, businesses, and consumers who have experienced food insecurity.

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Group moves projects on Human Right to Food and Food Justice forward

The Food Access CCT met in early May to work on two projects related to food access and food justice. The group is working to develop a statement in support of a Human Right to Food that organizations and others can use. Ultimately, the goal is for the State of Vermont or other US government entity to declare a Human Right to Food. The group also reviewed a draft of the food justice rubric, a document to help guide organizations and individuals working to address food access understand their place within the system of food justice.

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Cross Cutting Team meets to set goals and activities for the year

The Food Access Cross Cutting Team met in early February to reflect on its accomplishments in 2017 and develop goals and activities for 2018.

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Food Access Presents Two Workshops at Network Gathering

Members of the Food Access CCT brought the group's work to the entire Farm to Plate Network at 2017's Annual Gathering by leading two workshops, one about addressing food security through town and regional plans and a second about the concept of the Human Right to Food.

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Food Access CCT and Food Cycle Coalition TFJoin Forces to Explore Impact of Act 148 on Food Security

The Food Access Cross Cutting Team and the Food Cycle Coalition Task Force held a joint meeting in St. Albans earlier this fall to tour Northwest Family Foods' food shelf and learn about Act 148's impact on the emergency food system.

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Cross Cutting Team discusses the Human Right to Food concept & opportunities in Vermont

In its June meeting, the food access cross cutting team learned about the Human Right to Food, a declaration made by many countries around the world. The United States is one of the few nations who have not declared food access a human right, and the group discussed opportunities for communities and the State of Vermont to do so.

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December meeting focuses on gleaning and its impact on the local food system

The Food Access Crosscutting Team met in December to hear from experts and discuss the role of gleaning in addressing food access and its impact on the local food system.

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