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Farm-to-shelter effort nourishes homeless families: At Jane Addams Place in West Philadelphia, Food Trust leads a nutrition and preparation training session for the shelter’s kitchen staff. Shelter residents have meals from a massive refrigerator with foods like white asparagus, eggplant, arugula, cabbage, fresh herbs, and carrots in exotic purples and yellows. Also, 67% of the food the Feeding America network distributes annually is classified as Foods to Encourage. This includes more than 800 million pounds of produce.

Food Companies Fear Bird Flu May Cause Egg Shortages:  Roughly 87 percent of the birds stricken with the disease are laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture, and many of the eggs they lay are turned into ingredients used by food businesses in things like scrambled egg patties and baked goods. Places like McDonald’s and Panera are being affected, read more here.

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REMINDER: Mississippi Food Policy Council Stakeholder Survey

The Mississippi Food Policy Council (MFPC) is reviewing its history and organizational structure, monitoring the food system in Mississippi, identifying a variety of key stakeholders and resources, and analyzing a collection of information to better inform its short- and long-range plans. As part of this planning period, the Board of Directors of the MFPC is defining its focus and direction to advance its mission. We would appreciate your willingness to assist us with this process. With planning for the future of MFPC in mind, the Board of Directors is seeking your input via the following survey.

Completing the survey should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time. All responses are anonymous and will be kept private and confidential. No individual responses will be shared in any report, presentation, or publication.

SURVEY LINK: https://usmuw.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7POOxid0TVn4RLL

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Marketing Healthy Food in Schools

Through a special partnership with The Food Trust, located in Philadelphia, the Marketing Healthy Foods in Wisconsin K-12 Schools guide was developed. This is a comprehensive resource on conventional and innovative marketing practices to support the consumption of healthy foods and farm to school programs. The guide also includes the Healthy Food and Farm to School Marketing Self Assessment to help school districts and farm to school programs determine areas of success and improvement. These documents provide a one-stop shop for all of your cafeteria, school, district and community promotions of healthy foods in the school environment.

More information here: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/marketing-healthy-food-in-wisconsin-schools/

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Save the Date: MFPC Quarterly General Membership Meeting- JULY 17, 2015

Please plan to attend the Mississippi Food Policy Council’s General Membership Meeting July 17th, 2015!

When: Friday, July 17th, 2015

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

Time: 11:00 a. m. – 2:00 p.m.

(lunch will be provided — please plan to make a $5-$10 donation to MFPC to pay for your meal)

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News You Can Use

USDA Announces Grants to Enable More Farmers Markets to Serve Low-Income Families
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. These awards will help expand SNAP participants’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods found at farmers markets, while supporting our nation’s farmers and producers. The Under Secretary also announced that there are now more than 6,200 farmers markets and direct marketing farmers authorized to accept SNAP nationwide – an eightfold increase since the beginning of this administration. Increasing the number of SNAP authorized farmers markets is part of USDA’s ongoing mission to support recipients in making healthy food choices.

RWJF Releases Healthy Eating Grant Announcement
Healthy Eating Research has released its 2015 Call for Proposals (CFP). This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.

Schools Are Meeting HHFKA Standards
New USDA data show that 95 percent of schools are meeting the updated meal standards from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; 72 percent of parents favor national meal standards, and 80 percent support healthier snacks. “It would be unwise to roll back healthy meal standards just as they are beginning to work to ensure our kids have access to the balanced, nutritious food doctors recommend,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in this statement.

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Community Food Projects: Planning & Community Engagement Strategies

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will be hosting a webinar for organizations interested in learning more about how to prepare for the Community Food Projects grant program. Long-range planning and community engagement are two fundamental aspects of a successful proposal, so it’s important to start thinking about it now.

Tuesday, June 2nd at 12 pm CST

The presenters, Aley Kent from the International Rescue Committee and Tes Thraves from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will speak about examples from their work.

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Mississippi Food Policy Council Stakeholder Survey

The Mississippi Food Policy Council (MFPC) is reviewing its history and organizational structure, monitoring the food system in Mississippi, identifying a variety of key stakeholders and resources, and analyzing a collection of information to better inform its short- and long-range plans. As part of this planning period, the Board of Directors of the MFPC is defining its focus and direction to advance its mission. We would appreciate your willingness to assist us with this process. With planning for the future of MFPC in mind, the Board of Directors is seeking your input via the following survey.

Completing the survey should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time. All responses are anonymous and will be kept private and confidential. No individual responses will be shared in any report, presentation, or publication.

SURVEY LINK: https://usmuw.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7POOxid0TVn4RLL

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