REMINDER: Southern and Coastal Farm to School Regional Meeting July 28

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Farm to School Regional Meetings

Make sure to check out the latest addition to the website, the Farm to School Regional Meetings Page under the Events tab at the top of the homepage. This new page will provide you will information about Regional Meetings – when and where they are – as well as information about Regional Farm to School Network Leads and how to contact these individuals.

Click on the flier here to go to the information page.

F2S Regional Meeting

A Procurement Training will also be held, for more information on that, click the flier below:

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DUE FRIDAY: Mississippi Food Policy Council nominations for 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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REMINDER: 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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Current News

Texas Joins Growing Movement to Remove Felons’ Barriers to Food Stamps – Governing, June 26, 2015
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a law containing an amendment making people with felony drug convictions eligible for SNAP benefits if they finish their sentences and comply with the terms of their parole. Before the law, drug convictions in the state carried a lifetime ban on SNAP benefits. The change means that people will not be “held hostage for a crime that they did and paid for decades ago,” said Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The law goes into effect September 1. “We’re hopeful that this will help part of the vulnerable population get on their feet and be successful,” said Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas.

USDA Proposes Healthier Fare for Child, Adult Day Cares – ABC News/AP, June 27, 2015
For the first time in nearly 50 years, USDA is proposing to overhaul the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), through a proposal that includes more vegetables and less sugar in order to stem rising child obesity rates. The guidelines were developed with guidance by experts. The changes were called for in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. About 3.8 million young children, and 120,000 elderly or disabled adults, are fed daily by the program through day-care centers and senior programs. The USDA has proposed new requirements that would not boost food costs for providers. Geri Henchy, director of nutrition policy for FRAC, is concerned over the rising obesity rates. “Something has got to happen” she said, noting that teachers have told her some children are too overweight for playground swings. “That is bad from a predictive point of view, but it’s also not good from a getting around point of view.”

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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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