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Global Food Donation Policy Atlas

Organization: Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic
Published: 2020

The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas provides a first-of-its-kind look at the current state of food donation laws and policies in participating countries along with country-specific policy recommendations for strengthening food recovery efforts. The project includes the Quick-view atlas, which visually compares the food donation policy landscape across countries, and the Library of country-by-country executive summaries, legal guides, and policy recommendations.

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Growing Opportunity for Farm to School Report & Webinar; How to Revolutionize School Food, Support Local Farms, and Improve the Health of Students in New York

Author: Samantha Levy, Kali McPeters
Organization: Farm to Institution New York State, American Farmland Trust
Published: 2020

In 2018, the state of New York, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s No Student Goes Hungry Initiative, created a major new incentive to encourage schools to buy more food from New York farms. This incentive enabled schools that spend at least 30% of their lunch food budget on food from New York farmers, growers, producers, or processors to receive 25 cents per meal in state reimbursement quadruple the 6 cents reimbursement they had received for the past 40 years. After the first year of this incentive, AFT conducted a Farm to School Survey to over 300 school food authorities, or SFAs, at K-12 schools across the state to learn whether this program successfully stimulated more purchasing of New York grown and raised food. AFT’s research found that 72% of schools felt optimistic that with the right support they would achieve 30% within five years. Achieving this outcome would cause schools to spend nearly $150 million at New York farms over the next five years while increasing access to healthy, New York grown food for almost 700,000 K–12 students by 2024. Conservatively, this would generate over $210 million in economic impact statewide while costing the state just over $94 million over the course of five years in reimbursement and support. However, schools still face barriers when attempting to buy more New York grown food and reach 30%, and more must be done to help them in order to unlock the incredible economic and public health potential of this program. This report details these challenges, and makes eight recommendations the State of New York can act on to ensure this program reaches its full potential, and for other states to learn from when considering this type of incentive program.

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A Guide for Working (From Home) Parents

Author: Avni Patel Thompson
Organization: Harvard Business Review
Published: 2020

This article outlines steps to follow for parents adjusting to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health Care Without Harm Website

Organization: Health Care Without Harm
Published: 2020

HCWH's mission is to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. One of their overarching goals is to transform the Supply Chain by establishing and globalizing procurement criteria, and leveraging health care’s purchasing power to drive policies and markets for ethically produced, healthy, sustainable products and services (including food). Includes recommendations/resources for COVID-19 responses.

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Highlights from Local Foods for Small Campuses Event: Dining & Farm Managers from 17 Institutions Gather to Share Local Food Tips

Author: Riley Neugebauer
Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2016

On June 6th and 7th in rural Unity, Maine, over 25 people came together to learn about and discuss local foods for small campuses at Unity College. This included dining directors, chefs, cooks, and campus farmers from health care facilities, small colleges and universities, and private K-12 schools in New England.

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Hotchkiss Dining Cultivates a Local Sourcing Model

Author: Peggy Briggs
Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2017

Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut takes a holistic approach to educating students about the food system.

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How School Districts Are Feeding Students During Closures

Organization: Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Published: 2020

Google sheet of how school districts across the country are ensuring students and families have access to nutritious school meals during closures due to COVID-19. Sections are searchable for urban, suburban, and rural districts and by food service providers.

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How to Increase Locally Sourced Seafood in Institutions (Product Spotlight #1)

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This one-hour webinar from FINE and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) discusses local seafood sourcing. Moderated by Tania Taranovski of FINE. Speakers include: Kyle Foley of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maeve McInnis of Sodexo, Akeisha Hayde and Crista Martin of Harvard University Dining Services.

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How to Optimize Local Food Tracking Systems to Meet Procurement Goals

Organization: FINE, Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) present this one-hour webinar about food tracking trade-offs, best practices, and continued challenges. Michael Leviton of Region FoodWorks shares findings from a new report on data management systems, produced by FINE and the FSCN. Speakers Jamie Moore of Eat N’ Park Hospitality Group (which provides food service management for Campuss and universities across the country) and Garett DiStefano of University of Massachusetts Amherst present how and why they track local food and share how they use the information they collect to meet food procurement goals.

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How to Purchase Local Food Using USDA Procurement Guidelines

Author: Stacey Purslow
Organization: New Hampshire Farm to School

This two page fact sheet introduces the basic USDA guidelines for purchasing local produce for a school meal program.

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How to sell to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Organization: New Hampshire Farm to School
Published: 2015

This booklet is to help guide you through the process of becoming a vendor to the USDA through AMS Commodity Purchasing.

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How to Start a College Farm

Organization: Yale Sustainable Food Project
Published: 2010

White Paper about strategies, methods, budgetary guidance, and more for starting a farm on campus.

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How to work with institutions: A guide for producers and food businesses

Organization: Health Care Without Harm
Published: 2019

Selling to institutions can feel like a puzzle for small or mid-sized producers and processors. The components of this report illuminate potential issues and help guide producers and processors to make decisions that help lead to an ongoing relationship with an institution.

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HPKF New England Food Vision Prize Launch Webinar

Organization: FINE, Henry P. Kendall Foundation
Published: 2018

Recording of a informational webinar on the New England Food Vision Prize. The Henry P. Kendall Foundation hosted this webinar on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 for interested parties to learn more about the application process and get answers regarding the prize and its parameters. Speakers include: Andy Kendall of the Kendall Foundation, Holly Fowler of Northbound Adventures LLC, Kalila Booker-Cassano of the Kendall Foundation, Shaun Adamec of Adamec Communications.

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Impact of COVD19 on The School Nutrition Industry

Organization: School Nutrition Association
Published: 2020

A report of SNA industry member survey results regarding the impacts of COVID19 school closures on the school nutrition industry.

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Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs: Part II

Organization: School Nutrition Association
Published: 2020

School Nutrition Association (SNA) surveyed its school nutrition director members in May 2020 to understand the methods programs are using to feed students,program participation, their current concerns, and to assess the financial impacts of COVID-19 closures.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Food System: Early findings from Vermont

Author: Emily H. Belarmino, Farryl Bertmann, Thomas Wentworth, Erin Biehl, Roni Neff, Meredith T. Niles
Organization: University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins University
Published: 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people worldwide, disrupting food access and security. To understand how food systems and security are impacted during this pandemic, an online survey was launched in Vermont from March 29th - April 12th, 2020 (less than a week after the Governor’s Stay Home/Stay Safe order). A total of 3,219 Vermonters responded, and nearly half provided written comments in response to open-ended questions about worries or general remarks. This brief summarizes survey findings and respondent comments relevant to the local food system, specifically local farms and direct-to-consumer sales, home food production, foraging, hunting, and fishing. Other aspects of the local food system, such as processing and distribution are not covered.

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Impact Of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act On Obesity Trends

Author: Erica L. Kenney, Jessica L. Barrett, Sara N. Bleich, Zachary J. Ward, Angie L. Cradock, Steven L. Gortmaker
Organization: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Published: 2020

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 strengthened nutrition standards for meals and beverages provided through the National School Lunch, Breakfast, and Smart Snacks Programs, affecting fifty million children daily at 99,000 schools. The legislation’s impact on childhood obesity is unknown. We tested whether the legislation was associated with reductions in child obesity risk over time using an interrupted time series design for 2003–18 among 173,013 youth in the National Survey of Children’s Health. We found no significant association between the legislation and childhood obesity trends overall. For children in poverty, however, the risk of obesity declined substantially each year after the act’s implementation, such that obesity prevalence would have been 47 percent higher in 2018 if there had been no legislation. These results suggest that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’s science-based nutritional standards should be maintained to support healthy growth, especially among children living in poverty.

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Improving Handwashing Stations

Organization: University of Vermont Extension
Published: 2020

Hand washing stations provide a portable means of washing hands on farms, at farmers’ markets, and at recreational sites. This guide was motivated by a desire to improve current handwashing station practice with a focus on minimizing or even removing all contact between the user’s hands and surfaces of the station.

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Increasing Local Food Procurement by Massachusetts State Campuses & Universities

Author: Emily Broad Leib
Organization: Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic
Published: 2012

https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/sites/default/files/imce/uploads/Increasing-Local-Food-Procurement-by-Mass-State-Colleges.pdf

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