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    New Haven Food Policy Council

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    The New Haven Food Policy Council
    Good food for everyone - because better food builds a better city!

    Master cook

    Master Cook Corps -- Stirring up solutions & cooking ourselves well!
    Our first session of cooking teacher-training for passionate cooks in the New Haven community is up and running in late April / early May 2014!

    Do you like to cook healthy, cultural & affordable meals?
    Do you want to teach others?
    Then Master Cooks Corps may be right for you!

    More information about the program coming soon!

    Food Action Plan View the Food Action Plan
    View Summary of Strategies and Actions in the Food Action Plan

    Working Group Meetings:
    Working Groups on specific food topics started at the Food Summit on October 12, 2012.
    The Working Groups are a vehicle for engaging community and city leaders to set priorities and drive implementation of the Food Action Plan.

    Current Working Group Meetings:

    Policy Advancement - Wednesday,November 5th, 8:45-9:45am, City Hall, Meeting Room 3
    Policy issues relating to New Haven's food system

    Structure Committee - To be announced
    Organization and operation of NHFPCC

    City Farm & Garden - Friday, November 7th, 8:30-10:00am, City Hall Meeting Room 3
    Community and backyard gardens | school gardens

    Food Assistance - Tuesday, ​​November ​4th, ​12:00-​1:30​​p​m, ​​Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James, 57 Olive Street
    SNAP and WIC outreach | food pantries and soup kitchens | food access for seniors | food reclamation

    School Food Working Group - To be announced
    Issues related to improving school food quality and delivery | youth engagement

    Cooking & Food Education - To be announced
    Community-based cooking classes | links with city and community organizations

    Economic Development & Food Business - meet with City Farm & Garden Working Group
    Food business development supports | local food procurement and processing | agricultural business | composting

    Please contact us with any questions.

    Working Groups are open to the public, so please join us and spread the word!

    COMING SOON – OUR NEW BLOG
    FILLED WITH DETAILED INFORMATION AND WAYS TO GET INVOLVED!

    WHO WE ARE
    The New Haven Food Policy Council is a volunteer advisory board for the City of New Haven. Our eleven Council members are New Haven residents, appointed by the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. We are a collaborative group working to address local and regional food issues and the impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment and local government.

    Please Join US
    The New Haven Food Policy Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Room 1 (see schedule below for meeting times, agendas, and minutes).
    Council meeting are open to the public.

    Contact: staff@NHFoodPolicyCouncil.org  or (203) 773-3736

    Our Mission
    To build a food system that nourishes all people in a just and sustainable manner.

    We Improve Our Food System By

    • Building coalitions and fostering cooperation between community groups, residents, and city offices.              
    • Developing strategies to effectively addresses food access, hunger, obesity, community development, economic development, urban agriculture, food waste, and nutrition and food education.
    • Compiling information to educate residents and community leaders.
    • Advocating for policy that improves the nutritional, environmental, economic, and social health of the City.

    Current Council members
    Affiliate Council Members
    Youth Coalition
    Current Council Initiatives
    Meeting Times, Minutes and Agendas
    City Ordinance and Council Composition
    What is a Food Policy Council?
    School Food
    Community food system resources and links
    Contact Us

    "The New Haven Food Policy Council is a collaboration of numerous organizations, city departments and individuals. CitySeed provides support and administration for the Council."
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    Current Council Members

    Council Members
    Frank Douglass
    Aldermanic Representative
    Rev. Alex Dyer
    Church of St. Paul & St. James, Loaves & Fishes
    Tagan Engel
    CitySeed, Inc
    Kimberly Hart
    Community Member
    Frank Mitchell

    Common Ground, the New Haven Ecology Project
    Caty Poole - Secretary
    Massaro Community Farm
    Diana Richter - Treasurer
    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
    Alycia Santilli - Chair
    CARE
    Dawn Slade
    Nuts About Health, Inc.
    Anika Thrower - Vice Chair
    C.S. Hill Health WIC Office
    Maria Tupper
    NH Land Trust Community Gardens, Bioregional Group

    Affiliate Council Members

    Affiliate Council Members, are a growing group of organizations welcomed and invited by the NHFPC to actively participate in our work, broadening our information and community base. Affiliate members can participate in all work and decision making, but do not hold a vote. If your organization is interested in becoming an Affiliate Member of the NHFPC contact staff@NHFoodPolicyCouncil.org

    Cadence Consulting
    Common Ground School
    Connecticut Food Bank
    Fresh Advantage
    Get Healthy CT
    New Haven Farms
    New Haven Health Department
    Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
    Yale Sustainable Food Project

    Youth Coalition

    The Youth Coalition is composed of teens from multiple youth organizations, schools, and communities around New Haven who are engaged in the work of the NHFPC and in the improvement of New Haven's food system. The NHFPC partners with individual teens and youth serving organizations to create a space for youth leadership around important food issues at the city level. The Youth Coalition also represents the New Haven branch of the Connecticut Food Justice Youth Corps (CT-FJYC), a statewide initiative hosted by the UConn Cooperative Extension System that empowers youth leadership around food issues throughout the state. For more information or to get involved contact: Caitlin Aylward - caitlin@cityseed.org

    CURRENT NEW HAVEN FOOD POLICY COUNCIL INITIATIVES

    New Haven Food Action Plan 2012
    A comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the city of New Haven to improve people’s access to good food, the food business economy, and food education and marketing.

    Community Engagement for Food System Improvement
    In partnership with CitySeed and the CEIO pilot grant program, started in the spring of 2012. A coordinated effort to conduct broad community engagement activities to create avenues for community members to take direct action on food issues in our city. Through this effort, a new  two-year position was funded at CitySeed : Community Food Systems Coordinator.

    Urban Agriculture
    Working with numerous community organizations to make it possible for more people in New Haven to grow their own food. This includes community gardens and farms as well as backyard and school gardens. 

    Food Month
    Working with partners to organize community food events in connection with National Food Day in October.

    Youth Coalition Building
    Working with high school students from various New Haven schools to build an engaged group of youth to inform the work of the NHFPC and serve as representatives in the community.

    Food Businesses and Economic Development  
    Working with city and community partners on ways to support and grow healthy food businesses in New Haven including a food business incubator on Long Wharf.

    State Level Food System Work – A state wide effort to work with the Governors new Agriculture
    Advisory Council to improve our state-wide food system and better connect Connecticut grown food with cities and communities in need. “Growing Connecticut Food Farms and Jobs

    School Food
    The NHFPC partnered with many community groups to bring about major changes in our school lunch program in 2008. We remain committed to the continual improvement of food in our schools. Click here to read our Policy Primer on School Food.

    Affiliated Projects
    Healthy Corner Store Initiative CARE
    Community Gardens New Haven Land Trust/Community Gardens
    School Gardens – Grow New Haven a program of Common Ground
    District Wide Wellness Committee 
    New Haven Farms

    Composition Of The New Haven Food Policy Council

    A City Ordinance created the Council on May 12, 2005.  The Council is defined in § 14-41 of the Municipal Code.  The New Haven Food Policy Council is composed of eleven members; ten appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen, and one Aldermanic representative elected by the Board of Aldermen.

    The Council may recommend prospective appointees to the Mayor and Board of Alderman.  The ten members of the council appointed by the Mayor shall include:

    • one member of the department or organization administering the council six members of the community personally engaged in the production and distribution of food, or in the effects of food on the local economy and health of city residents. 
    • Members may be chosen from the following fields: hunger relief, nutrition, businesses in the food sector, farming, and institutional food management
    • three members selected from the public at large

    WHAT IS A FOOD POLICY COUNCIL?

    A food policy council strengthens the local food system through strategic connections.  Your local food system is the network uniting all aspects of the production and consumption of food.  It includes farms, distributors, and retail stores as well as emergency service providers. Since access and distribution are essential for the food system, transportation plays an important role. A food policy council ensures relationships between these sectors for improved collaboration on food related issues. Council members can be grocers, restaurant owners, chefs, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, wholesalers and distributors, food processors, government employees, environmentalists, school system representatives, non-profit employees, community and religious leaders, scholars and concerned citizens

    CONTACTING THE COUNCIL

    The New Haven Food Policy Council welcomes input from the public.
    Please send inquiries to:
    staff@nhfoodpolicycouncil.org

    New Haven Food Policy Council
    817 Grand Avenue No. 101
    New Haven CT 06521
    Phone: 203.773.3736
    e-mail contact: staff@nhfoodpolicycouncil.org

    The New Haven Food Policy Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Meeting Room 1 (see schedule for meeting times, agendas, and minutes).

    SCHOOL FOOD

    The New Haven Food Policy Council is committed to serving the healthiest food in school meals for the city’s students.  Improving school food was one of the Council’s first campaigns.  The Council and the Community and Economic Development Clinic of Yale Law School developed a Policy Primer on School Food for a presentation at the Greater New Haven Childhood Obesity Summit, May 22, 2008. 

    RELATED RESOURCES
    New Haven Food Policy Council School Food Policy Primer
    2007 Annual Report to New Haven Board of Alderman
    The Connecticut Landscape: Food Resources and Services – 2007
    A Town-Level Assessment Of Community Food Security In Connecticut – 2005 (Hartford Food System, CT Food Policy Council, and UCONN College of Agricultural and Natural Resources)
    What’s Cookin’ in Connecticut Schools: Ideas for Healthy Kids and Healthy Schools – 2003
    (CT Food Policy Council)Ordinance Establishing the New Haven Food Policy Council
    www.cookingteens.com

    COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM RESOURCES AND LINKS

    Local
    Wellness Committee/School Food Subcommittee
    CitySeed and City Farmers’ Markets
    CT Food Bank
    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
    Emergency Food Council of Greater New Haven
    Key Findings, Hunger Studies - Seniors in New Haven, Spring 2012
    New Haven Ecology Project and Common Ground High School
    http://www.commongroundct.org/
    New Haven Land Trust/Community Gardens
    Regional Growth Partnership
    Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
    Yale Sustainable Food Project
    Yale Office of Sustainability

    State/Regional
    Connecticut Farmland Trust
    CT NOFA – Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association
    Working Lands Alliance
    National
    Community Food Security Coalition
    State and Local Food Policy Project, Drake University Agricultural Law Center
    Government
    Connecticut Department of Agriculture
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Food Policy Councils
    Connecticut Food Policy Council
    Hartford Food Policy Commission

    COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND MINUTES

    The New Haven Food Policy Council generally meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Meeting Room 1 (see schedule below for actual meeting times, agendas, and minutes).

    2014 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    January 15 - Minutes
    February 19, 2014 - Minutes
    March 19, 2014 - Minutes
    April 16, 2014 - Minutes
    May 21, 2014 - Minutes
    June 18, 2014 - Minutes

    NHFPC 2014 Annual Meeting Minutes 2-22-14
    2013 Annual Report

    2013 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    January 16th - Minutes
    February 20th - Minutes
    March 20th - Minutes
    April 17th - Minutes
    May 15th - Minutes
    June 19th - Minutes
    July 17th - Minutes
    September 18th - Minutes
    October 16th - Minutes
    November 20th - Minutes
    December 18th - Minutes

    2012 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    1/18/12 - Minutes
    2/15/12 - Minutes
    3/21/12 - Minutes
    4/18/12 - Minutes
    5/16/12 - Minutes
    6/20/12 - Minutes
    7/18/12 - Minutes
    9/19/12 - Minutes
    10/17/12 - Minutes
    11/28/12 - Minutes
    12/19/12 - Minutes

    2011 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    1/19/11 - Minutes
    2/16/11 - Minutes
    3/16/ 11 - Minutes
    4/20/11 - Minutes
    5/18/11 - Minutes
    6/15/11 - Minutes
    7/20/11 - Minutes
    9/21/11 - Minutes
    10/19/11 - Minutes
    11/16/11 - Minutes
    12/21/11 - Minutes

    2010 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    1/20/10 - Minutes
    2/17/10 - Minutes
    3/17/10 - Minutes
    4/21/10 - Minutes
    5/19/10 - Minutes
    6/16/10 - Minutes
    7/21/10 - Minutes
    9/15/10 - Minutes
    10/20/10 - Minutes
    11/17/10 - Minutes
    12/15/10 - Minutes

    2009 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes

    Thursday, January 15, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, February 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, The Rudd Center Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, March 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, April 16, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, May 21, 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, June 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, July 16, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, August 20, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, September 17, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, October 15, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, November 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, December 17, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes

    2008 Minutes & Agendas

    Thursday, January 24, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, February 28, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, March 27, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, April 24, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, May 22, 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Greater New Haven Childhood Obesity Summit, 300 George Street Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, June 26, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, August 28, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, September 25, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, October 23, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, November 20, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
    Thursday, December 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes

    2007 Agendas & Minutes:  January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December.

     

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