The Mississippi Food Policy Council is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors

To be eligible for election, an individual:

  • Must be a paid member of the MFPC (as of Friday, July 17, 2015). MFPC 2015 Membership Form.
  • Must have attended any two of the last four general meetings of the MFPC: July 18, 2014; November 14, 2014; May 1, 2015; and July 17, 2015.
  • Must be committed to being an advocate for and upholding the mission of the MFPC and its related activities.
  • Must be willing and able to attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled  MFPC BoD meetings/conference calls as well as General Meetings.
  • Must be willing and able to commit time to Board as well as general MFPC activities, which include but are not limited to council development, partnership outreach and grant writing.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 17, 2015. Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the MFPC General Meeting (on Friday, July 17, 2015). All nominees will be asked to give a brief 2-3 minute introductory statement.

Persons submitting a nomination should complete the MFPC 2015 BoardNominationForm and submit, along with a picture (headshot) of the nominee, to Shamir Lee at slee@mbk-inc.org AND Alicia Landry at alicia.landry@usm.edu.

All questions should be directed to MFPC Chair, DeMarc Hickson at dhickson@mbk-inc.org, and MFPC Vice-Chair, Judy Belue at jwbelue1@gmail.com.

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TWO NEW WEBINARS

Fines, Fees, and Financial Insecurity: The Impact of Court Involvement on Low-Income Men of Color and Their Communities

There is a national discussion taking place on the status of low-income boys and men of color. PolicyLink has been deeply engaged in this discussion—lifting up data, tools, successful program models, and polices working in community to improve academic and social supports for this population. At the same time, PolicyLink is working to improve access to financial security for low-income communities and communities of color. Engagement with both of these issues on a national scale has surfaced the critical need to ensure that efforts to support boys and men of color include a framework that recognizes and reflects the role financial security plays in economic prosperity for this population and for all people.

This webinar, the second in a series, will discuss the ways in which court-ordered financial obligations—such as fines, fees, and child support—impact low-income households, especially boys and men of color whom are over-represented in the criminal justice system, as well as in civil and traffic courts. Please join us for a dynamic panel discussion on these issues and potential policy solutions.To register for the webinar, click here.

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

The Grocery Store Prescription: How Smart Shopping Leads to Healthy Eating

Supermarkets are responding to the obesity crisis by changing their product offerings, in-store environments, and marketing practices to make healthy choices more accessible, affordable, and appealing. This webinar will summarize the factors that influence low-income consumers’ food choices and describe culturally appropriate interventions that promote healthier shopping and eating. Explore effective nutrition education programs and come away with practical tips on how to work with grocery retailers in your community to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To register for the webinar, click here.

Thu, Jul 9, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM CDT

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Healthy Food Bank Hub

The Healthy Food Bank Hub is a project and platform developed in partnership with Feeding America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Dairy Council®. The Healthy Food Bank Hub supports efforts to increase access to healthful foods (e.g., whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean proteins and water) and promote nutrition and wellness throughout the Feeding America network. The Hub provides a platform to share pertinent information, strategies and tools while also showcasing innovative and promising practices that help connect efforts around hunger-relief, nutrition, and health.

For nutrition education curricula, visit here.

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Northwest Delta F2S Network Gathering

Tuesday, June 16th at the Williams Farm in Tunica, Farm to School advocates gathered for a network and information session followed by light refreshments and a presentation at 3pm from NRCS regarding resources available to growers.

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Stay in touch and check back for updates on other regional Farm to School meetings to be held this year throughout the State hosted by MS Food Policy Council and MS Farm to School Network.

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MFPC Quarterly General Membership Meeting- Friday, July 17, 2015

Please plan to attend the Mississippi Food Policy Council’s General Membership Meeting!

When: Friday, July 17, 2015

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

Time: 11:00 a. m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Shamir Lee at slee@mbk-inc.org or by phone at (601) 957-7710.

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Webinar: Creating Equitable Food Systems with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Webinar: Creating Equitable Food Systems with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Join PolicyLink on June 9 at 1 pm CST, for a webinar that will highlight how healthy food projects supported by the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), including food hubs and similar enterprises, are better connecting regional agriculture to local consumers. Register here.

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National Hunger Commission Hearings

There are four upcoming National Hunger Commission hearings this June and July in Oakland, CA; El Paso, TX; Washington, DC; and Portland, ME. For information on the Commission and further details on its upcoming events, click here. To read the Commission’s press release on its recent hearing in Little Rock, AR, click here.

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