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  • About this webinar series: CommUNITY Powers the Food System was the theme of the 2023 Northeast Farm to Institution Summit, and it continues with FINE's new webinar series. We continue to build on the energy and community created during the 2023 Summit as we shift to the 2025 Summit. Each webinar highlights important progress, offers opportunities to collaborate, and helps our network move towards a more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system for all. We recognize the impact of the institutional sector on the food system, in procurement, investment, research, education, and care. Through the power of people - our ideas, efforts, and collaborations - we will address urgent issues like climate change, wealth inequality, and racial injustice.

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    • May 14, 2024: How New England Collaborates on Farm to School Policy Towards 30 x 30 
    • April 18, 2024: Halal on the Tray: Equitable Access to Maine's Universal School Meals
    • February 15, 2024: The Butternut Soup Story: All the Ingredients of Success
    • January 18, 2024: Networking for Change: The F2iSummit and the New England Food Hub Network
  • How New England Collaborates on Farm to School Policy Towards 30 x 30

    May 14, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Over the past 6 years, a network of Farm to School and other food systems advocates in New England and New York have been collaborating deeply to create a policy platform and skill set that is now bearing fruit in powerful ways across the region. Recently, three states have passed Universal School Meals policies, five states have passed Farm to School and Early Childhood grant programs, and four states passed Local Food Purchasing Incentive programs. Join us to hear the story of how these policies came to be, the regional collaboration that supports their development, and how these policies are working together to increase food access, local purchasing, equity, and food education.

  • Halal on the Tray: Equitable Access to Maine’s Universal School Meals

    April 18, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Join this webinar to learn how the Halal School Meals Network is working with community members, schools, and other partners to bring halal meals to students in Cumberland County, Maine. Speakers Rose Barboza, Firdaws Hakizimana, and Zoe Grodsky will share the process and lessons learned from the network’s efforts to ensure that Muslim students who observe halal have equitable access to Maine’s universal school meals through the implementation of a certified halal program. They will discuss community education and outreach, halal foodservice training and oversight, and how they are developing community trust and support. You will leave this webinar with a greater understanding of the role of culturally connected foods in institutions and ideas for community-centered farm to institution.

    Funding for this webinar and its connection to the Rooted in Community project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 

  • The Butternut Soup Story: All the Ingredients of Success

    February 15, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Tune in to hear how butternut squash was transformed into a delicious soup that fed thousands at regional hospitals. The story begins with creative strategies to source 5,000 pounds of butternut grown and harvested at Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA this fall, pitching a product for hospital patients and retail outlets, creating a delicious flavor profile that met dietary requirements, producing 1,000 gallons of soup, and freezing it for delivery by an approved vendor - all on budget and on time. Hear how this partnership between Boston Food Hub, CommonWealth Kitchen, and Sodexo (Beth Israel Lahey Health Hospitals, UMass Memorial Health, and The Mass General Brigham) demonstrates the power of innovation and collaboration, and charts the way for more farm to institution success stories. Bring your questions - presenters are eager to hear from you


    • Peter Allison, Executive Director, Farm to Institution New England (webinar host)
    • Amy Leigh Galvin, General Manager - Bayridge Hospital, Sustainability and Wellness Coordinator BILH , Sodexo Healthcare 
    • Kevin Doherty, Director of Culinary Operations, CommonWealth Kitchen
    • Annie Broad, Manager of Boston Food Hub, a program of the nonprofit Boston Area Gleaners
  • Networking for Change: The F2iSummit and the New England Food Hub Network

    January 18, 2024, 1 - 2:30 pm ET

    Looking for ways to rekindle the sparks you generated at the 2023 F2iSummit back in April? Are you curious to learn more about the impact of this networking event and the progress attendees have made since? At this webinar, FINE’s Director of Strategic Impact Hannah Leighton reflects on that extraordinary network event. We’ll also highlight one example of regional farm to institution work that happened since then. Katelyn Porter, NH Food Alliance Value Chain Coordinator, will join us to talk about how the F2iSummit launched a new wave of collaboration among New England food hubs and food processors. You will learn about their progress and connect it to your own farm to institution work. Come hear what made the F2iSummit so special—where 612 people came together from 334 organizations!— and share your ideas for the next one.