Save the Date! Next MFPC Quarterly Public Meeting July 18th

MFPC quarterly public meeting

When: Friday, July 18, 2014

Where: MSU CAVS Extension Center

153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046

Time: 10:30 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Directions: Take Exit 118 off I-55 towards Nissan Parkway.
Take Nissan Parkway West (118-B).
Take the first left onto Mississippi Parkway, which is the street CAVS-E is on.

Please RSVP to Debbie Smith at dsmith@mhap.org

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Save the Date! Next MFPC Quarterly Public Meeting May 2nd

MFPC quarterly public meeting

When: Friday, May 2, 2014

Where: MSU CAVS Extension Center

153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046

Time: 10:30 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Directions: Take Exit 118 off I-55 towards Nissan Parkway.
Take Nissan Parkway West (118-B).
Take the first left onto Mississippi Parkway, which is the street CAVS-E is on.

Please RSVP to Debbie Smith at dsmith@mhap.org

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MFPC Hosts Mississippi’s Second Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference and Releases New Farm to Institution Guide

The Mississippi Food Policy Council’s Farm to Cafeteria Conference on December 3rd drew over 150 farmers, food service staff, and others to share ideas, network, and learn about successful programs throughout the country.

The Mississippi Food Policy Council and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic also released a new farm to cafeteria guide at the conference. Farm to Institution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Products to Local Institutions for Mississippi Growers is designed to give producers the tools they need to sell their products to institutions such as schools, hospitals, and prisons. A guide for institutions interested in purchasing from local farmers can also be found on our website’s publications page.

To get involved in future farm to cafeteria projects, or to learn more about what’s happening around the state, contact Farm to Institution Subcommittee Chair Judy Belue at jwbelue1 [at] gmail.com.

The Council wishes to thank the following partners for their help in making the 2nd Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference such a success: Delta Fresh Foods Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, Inc., Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Wayne Farms, Rainbow Co-op, and the Mississippi Department of Health Office of Preventative Health.

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Registration Now Open for Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Registration is now open for the MFPC’s 2nd Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference!

Here’s what you can expect from this year’s conference:

Learn

  • Innovative strategies to improve school meal participation and expand school breakfast;
  • Why schools and other institutions are a growing – and highly profitable – market for farmers;
  • How hospitals, childcare centers, and higher education institutions throughout the country are benefiting from local food

Be Inspired

  • Hear keynote speaker Chef Miles McMath describe how local sourcing and on-site gardening has transformed St. Jude’s Research Hospital’s cafeteria.

Connect

  • The conference will include presentations from Mississippians who have had success implementing Farm to Cafeteria programs in our state, training sessions on how to implement Farm to Cafeteria programs in your area, and a networking session for participants and speakers to connect and build projects.

Register for the conference by clicking here.

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Join us for our upcoming MFPC quarterly public meeting and MFPC Farm to Institution Conference!

MFPC quarterly public meeting

When: October 15, 2013

Where: MSU CAVS Extension Center
153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046

Time: 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Directions: Take Exit 118 off I-55 towards Nissan Parkway.
Take Nissan Parkway West (118-B).
Take the first left onto Mississippi Parkway, which is the street CAVS-E is on.

Please RSVP to Debbie Smith at dsmith@mhap.org

 

Save the Date for the Annual Farm to Institution Conference hosted by MFPC and partners

When: December 3, 2013

Where: Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus
515 Country Place Parkway
Pearl, MS 39208

Time: Full day conference beginning at 9:30am

More information to follow!

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Join us for the Mississippi Food Policy Council Annual Meeting June 21, 2013

When: June 21, 2013

Where: MSU CAVS Extension Center
153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046

Time: 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Directions: Take Exit 118 off I-55 towards Nissan Parkway.
Take Nissan Parkway West (118-B).
Take the first left onto Mississippi Parkway, which is the street CAVS-E is on.

Agenda will follow

Lunch will be provided

 

Note that there are 3 positions on the MFPC board that are open for election after the June 21 meeting. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please email Tammy Meyer at tmeyer@msfb.org. You must be a member in order to run for office or vote. To be a member, you have to 1) submit your membership application; 2) be up to date on paying your membership dues; 3) have attended 2 of the last 4 MFPC general meetings.

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Join Us for the Next Mississippi Food Policy Council Meeting

The next Mississippi Food Policy Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, 6311 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211

The agenda will be as follows: 

Welcome

Update from MDAC, Andy Prosser, Deputy Commissioner

Farm-to-School Update

  • Oxford Program & other success stories
  • Updates from around the state

Legislative Update

  • Senate Bill 2553 Cottage Food Bill
  • House Bill 718 Farm-to-School Interagency Council Bill

Extension Service

  • What are their resources?
  • How can we maximize these resources?

Farm Service Agency 

  • Discussion on the new loan program
  • The rules for this program.
  • Who qualifies for this program?

Subcommittee and other reports

  • Farm to School
  • Farms Market EBT
  • In-Home food processing
  • Legislative Task Force
  • Governance and Funding
  • Survey of fruit and vegetable growers
  • Harvard research on economic development

Upcoming events

Other Business

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