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Working Groups: Food Access Planning (Task Force)

Regional Food Rescue Assessment Tool

During the Spring 2016 semester, a team of four Middlebury College students are researching and collecting data specifically related to developing a replicable Regional Food Rescue Assessment Tool. This tool will help regions of the state identify local partners and infrastructure to increase the amount of food rescued and redistributed within the charitable food system as a result of Universal Recycling mandates. Their research is contributing to the development of a 3 year program and pilot demonstration project.  

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Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules

Agricultural planning modules that provide guidance and resources on new issues like food system planning, agripreneurism, and composting, while giving detailed guidance on historically important issues such as farmland conservation, farmland and taxes, and land use regulations. These topics are covered in 5 short easily digestible modules that can be read as a series or quickly referenced individually.

Agricultural Land Use Planning Modules Local Planning for Food Access

This toolkit focuses on improving food access through municipal and regional plans. Plans alone won’t solve hunger, but the planning process can raise awareness and build broad public support for food access initiatives. There are a wide variety of ways to address food access in plans. Food access and hunger are systemic issues that are connected to the broader food system. They are impacted by state and federal agricultural policies and by local decisions in municipal and regional plans around topics like land use regulation, transportation and mobility, water quality, waste management, and more. This resource includes information on the planning process, explores the way that food access relates to other topics that are already being addressed through local planning, provides suggested strategies to include and advice on how to select the most appropriate, and presents successful examples from around the state. Appendix A, Resources, contains additional resources, including more information on designing and implementing specific strategies. It is available at: https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/assets/resource/files/Local%20Planning%20for%20Food%20Access%20Resources%20Appendix.pdf

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COVID-19 Support

A collection of resources aimed at providing support for farmers, businesses and organizations in the food system during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Support NOFA-VT Farm Distribution Matchmaking Tool

Use this sheet to indicate whether you are looking for or able to offer distribution assistance (shared delivery via existing routes, shared drop-spots, etc.).

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COVID-19 Support Temporary WIC Expanded foods list (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder to find some items in the grocery store, including some WIC foods. To help families during this time, Vermont WIC is temporarily expanding WIC-approved foods in categories located when clicking on the "Get Resource" button.

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COVID-19 Support FoodFinder

FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.

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COVID-19 Support The Impact of Coronavirus on Vermonters Experiencing Food Insecurity

This brief is part of a three-part series highlighting the results from an online survey launched in Vermont on March 29th (less than a week after the order to “Stay home, stay safe”) through Front Porch Forum, social media ads, media coverage, and community partners. The survey was open for two weeks and received a total of 3,251 responses. This brief provides a summary of results from respondents experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity was measured using the USDA’s validated six-item household food security survey module. Respondents were classified as food insecure if their answers indicated they experienced low or very low food security either in the 12 months before the coronavirus outbreak (n=541) and/or since the coronavirus outbreak (n=705). Excluding the overlap in these categories, a total of 817 respondents (27.1% of all respondents) experienced food insecurity sometime in the last 12 months. For detailed information on the full results from all respondents or from those who experienced a job disruption, please see the separate briefs dedicated to those topics. Additional analyses are ongoing and future articles will explore these topics in greater detail.

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COVID-19 Support Food Insecurity: Impact of Covid-19

UVM has been collecting and releasing results surveys of Vermonters related to COVID-19 and food access and security.

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