Updated April 6, 2020

We join with you in facing the COVID-19 pandemic with concern, compassion - and action. Our intention at FINE is to stay on top of the rapidly changing conditions and emerging challenges for our partners and their constituents. We are actively updating this page with opportunities to connect, resources, and a matchmaking platform.

Please help FINE serve You & the network

What are the most pressing COVID-19 challenges you are facing at the moment? FINE asks YOU (institutions, farmers, processors, advisers, funders, allies) to fill out this form to guide us in offering the most relevant assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for everything you are doing to keep New England safe and fed during this time. 

Take the Survey

Stay Connected

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter The FINE Print: We send out updates, event listings, news, and educational opportunities.
  2. New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Facebook Group: This group is for anyone (campuses, distributors, farmers) working in the campus sector - simply request to join the group.
  3. Dining Operators listserv: FINE hosts this listserv through Google Groups as a collaboration tool for dining program directors, chefs, other food service operators, sustainability managers, and community partners engaged in the procurement, preparation and promotion of foods raised, grown, and produced in New England.
  4. Contact any FINE Staff Member Directly, or reach Sarah Lyman, Communications Manager, [email protected]  

COVID-19 Open Forum

Open Forum: Institutional Food & COVID-19

Next Open Forum: Date TBD


Open Forum Recording, March 31, 2020:

In this second virtual forum, we discussed challenges and solutions in the institutional food system as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. More than 70 people participated from New England, around the US, and beyond. Breakout sessions dived more deeply into K-12 schools, Campus (college/university), Health Care, and Production/Farming/Fishing (breakouts are summarized verbally at the end, but were not recorded). Download the Chat Log and Summary Notes.


Open Forum Recording, March 24, 2020:

This virtual forum for dining directors and interested partners shared responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Nearly 100 participants from New England and around the United States. Recorded 3-24-20. There was a vibrant discussion in the chat: Download the Chat Log and Summary Notes.

Matching Needs + Surplus

Matching Needs with Surplus

Screenshot of matchmaking spreadsheetWe created a Google Sheet to match up gaps and surplus in the New England institutional food system. We welcome anyone to add, view or contact others on the list directly. Examples of listings may include:

  • Those with a surplus of food that need a home (e.g. meat, seafood, vegetables, dairy, processed foods)
  • Those looking for local food to serve to displaced constituents
  • Those with a need for extra hands at their facilities (e.g. milkers, kitchen staff, drivers)
  • Those looking for job opportunities after their institution has closed or reduced labor
  • Those with additional storage space for food that needs to be preserved

Add Your Needs & Surplus

COVID-19 Resources

Resource Guide for Institutional Food Systems and COVID-19 

Do you know of a resource that should be added here? Contact Sarah Lyman, [email protected]

Food Access

Financial support

Farm to School

Farm to Campus

Farmers, Farmers' Markets, Farming

Fishing & Seafood


State-Specific Resource Lists

Remote Work

General & More