Farm to School
USDA Food and Nutrition Services COVID-19 Response: Includes updated new and information from FNS including CNP, WIC, and SNAP waivers eligibility and guidelines for New York state.
Chef Ann Foundation COVID-19 Resources and Response: A nationwide compilation of stories from the field, emergency meal toolkits and school food resources.
School Nutrition Association: Includes updated information from USDA, COVID-19 webinar sereis, industry and allied partner resources.
New York State Education Department: Updated COVID-19 information for schools from New York State Department of Education
LunchAssist: Emergency meal, safety, and leadership toolkits and resources
American Dairy Association CNP COVID-19 Resources: Resources including emergency relief grants
Farm to Institution
NYSDAM: Updated information from NYS Department of Agriculture on handling practices, food safety, and resources for New York’s agricultural and business communities.
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) Institutional Food Systems & COVID-19 Resources: COVID-19 forum recordings, gaps & surplus matching database, farm to school, food access, farm to institution resources.
Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: Featuring virtual office hours, trainings, COVID-19 checklists, and more for the food industry
Michigan State University Food Safety for Institutions and Farms: Coronavirus FAQ Series (Michigan State University Extension) includes food safety guidance for farmers markets, food banks, grocery stores, food service establishments, and U-pick farms
The Acheson Group: COVID-19 Resources for the Food Industry
United Fresh Produce Association: Coronavirus: Fresh Produce Industry Resources
Resources for Farmers
Food Law Initiative's COVID-19 Legal Support Project: Provides pro bono legal services by the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at Elisabeth Haub School of Law and by attorneys at Shearman & Sterling LLP to new and existing clients affected by this crisis who cannot afford market-rate legal services. This initiative aims to assist the essential businesses that support our local food system as they navigate the growing number of federal, state, and private relief programs, face legal challenges including the need to renegotiate leases or other contracts, and change their business models to adjust to this new environment.
Funding and Grant Opportunities
American Heart Foundation Voices for Healthy Kids: In response to the current environment, we are leveraging our strengths, proven infrastructure and resources to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts to meet the immediate needs as defined by the communities we serve. These grants are targeted at safety net issues most closely related to the Voices for Healthy Kids body of work. Preference will be given to community-based organizations with demonstrated experiences working to build power in communities most impacted by health inequities including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Alaskan Native, or children living in families with low-income. Organizations “of community” and with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply. These grants will support systems and policy change campaigns that focus on helping those most under-resourced better gain access to health care, healthy food, and income support and stability during this critical time. Voices for Healthy Kids is hopeful that the flexibility offered by these grants will allow states, tribes and communities to use the grant dollars and support to best maximize local opportunity and established relationships to quickly adjust policies and systems to address COVID-19-related needs. Grants are due by Monday at 5 PM PST each week starting on May 4, 2020 through May 25, 2020, or until funding is depleted. Decisions will be made within four (4) weeks.
GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding: GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19.
COVID-19 No Kid Hungry Grants Available to Support Coronavirus Response: As coronavirus is closing schools and workplaces nationwide, vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on, and low-income families are struggling with lost wages. No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.
COVID-19 Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation: The Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the health or hunger relief space providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19.
Albertsons Companies Foundation: Grants available for hunger relief and education programs across the region
NFSN National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund: National Farm to School Network has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support organizations in continuing their important farm to school and farm to ECE work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any organization working to support farm to school / farm to ECE efforts is eligible to apply, with priority being given to current NFSN Core and Supporting Partners, as well as organizations serving American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian populations within urban, rural and tribal jurisdictions (including schools, farmers/producers and community-based organizations and Tribal entities). The application deadline is May 10, 2020. Donations to support NFSN's COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made here.
Events and Trainings
Menu Planning for Non-Congregate Meals, May 19, 2:00pm, No Kid Goes Hungry
Cold meals or re-heatable meals? Individually portioned items or bulk components? Planning menus for non-congregate meal service can be a challenge, especially as the weather turns warmer. Tune into this webinar to learn about planning and procuring healthy, nutritious meals for kids in your community - and about keeping those meals safe on hotter days. You'll hear from Jen McNeil from LunchAssist, Aleshia Hall-Campbell from the Institute on Child Nutrition, and Miguel Villareal from San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Farm to School Online Workshop for K-6 Educators (and Friends!), May 21, 3:00-4:30pm, VT FEED
Now more than ever, we are understanding the importance of our food system. Join Shelburne Farms' School Program Coordinator, Courtney Mulcahy, to engage in food systems and Farm to School activities that come alive both in an online environment and in the classroom. Learn about what other teachers are doing and share your own strategies and activities. We'll be joined by Kestrel Plump from the Sustainability Academy in VT and Kelly Cronin from Witchcraft Elementary in MA. You'll leave with some new ideas and resources, have fun, and connect with other amazing educators like yourself!
This online workshop is FREE! A recording will be made available after the event.
Webinar Series from the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, April - August 2020
Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust is hosting a webinar series to dive deep into some of the strategies they're employing, such as Reparations, Cultural Respect Easements, Cooperative Land Tenure, and building a new economy that centers BIPOC experiences and knowledges. Featuring land and food sovereignty activists such as David Ragland, Stephanie Morningstar, Ramona Peters, Carmen Mouzon, Karen Washington, Christine Hutchinson, and Leah Penniman, you will have an opportunity to meet the food and land sovereignty change makers who work every day to make land, food, and community wealth accessible to Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
ICN created three 10-15 minute online courses for SFSP sites and schools transporting food to children. These courses provide quick information on food safety best practices for these sites.
Recorded webinars on building community gardens, supporting small farms and local food, finance, and food safety