Working for a Sustainable Future: NFCA talks about Healthy Food Access at NEFU Convention

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Neighboring Food Coop Association presents their Healthy Food Access Project at the 2013 Convention of the New England Farmers Union.

Neighboring Food Coop Association presents their Healthy Food Access Project at the 2013 Convention of the New England Farmers Union.

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  • 1. Partnering for Healthy Food Access Erbin Crowell & Bonnie Hudspeth, NFCA New England Farmers Union Convention 6th December 2013 // Newport, RI
  • 2. Food Co-ops & Healthy Food Access
  • 3. Food Security in New England Between 2007 and 2011, participation in food stamps (SNAP) increased by more than 50% in every state in New England: STATE Participation 2010 Growth 2007-2011 CT 10% 55% ME 17% 54% MA 11% 86% NH 8% 88% RI 12% 136% VT 13% 78% Source: “The Role of Food Stamps in the Recession,” Communities & Banking, Fall 2013, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, http://www.bostonfed.org.
  • 4. Some Questions • Is there a role for food co-ops in addressing food insecurity? • Do we have an obligation or legacy to consider in this challenge? • Is there an opportunity for food co-ops in addressing food insecurity? • Who are our partners in addressing food insecurity?
  • 5. The International Year of Co-ops Recognizing the contribution of of co-ops to: • Poverty reduction • Employment generation • Social integration • Fairness & globalization • Conflict resolution • Food security
  • 6. Co-operative Origins What was the motivation of the Rochdale Pioneers, who codified the values and principles on which the co-operative movement has based since 1844? We know it today as food security. Dame Pauline Green, President International Co-operative Alliance
  • 7. Challenges Industrial England • Dislocation of Local Economies • Dramatic Shifts in Wealth • Concentration of Economic Control • Limited Sources / Markets for Food • Contamination • Unaffordable
  • 8. Solution Co-operation: • Mutual Self-Help • Local Ownership • Democratic Control • Affordable Membership • Healthy, Basic Food • Local Co-op Development
  • 9. NEFU / NFCA Partnership Food Co-ops & NEFU: • Shared Vision: Thriving regional food system, co-operative enterprise • Stable market for local producers • Stable jobs, infrastructure for local communities • Affiliate relationship: Collaboration on policy and advocacy • Development: Accessing resources
  • 10. Our Co-ops, Working Together... • 34 member co-ops and start-ups • 94,000+ member-owners • 7,250 + new member-owners in 2012 • 1,500 + employees • $225 million in annual revenue • $30+ million in local purchases • $2.2 million in Fair Trade purchases • $2 million in purchases from other co-ops
  • 11. Food Co-ops & Healthy Food Access Jane’s Trust Grant through NEFUEF: • Increase access to healthy food and co-op member/ownership • Support peer to peer collaboration among member co-ops on programs • Raise profile of co-ops as tools for increasing food security in our region
  • 12. “A Place at the Table” • National awareness campaign • Ten NFCA co-ops participating • Coordinated screenings, community dialogs
  • 13. Progress • Resource development:  Timeline  Financial planning  Toolbox • Peer Collaboration • New Partners • Seeding national dialog • Sharing our story
  • 14. Next Steps • Continued technical assistance • Peer to Peer HFA Audits • Presentations at Regional & National Conferences • Supporting 5 food co-ops in rolling out HFA programs in early 2014 • Continued resource development • Exploring further partnerships www.nfca.coop/healthyfoodaccess
  • 15. I Y Our Co-ops! The Neighboring Food Co-op Association // www.nfca.coop Erbin Crowell & Bonnie Hudspeth Neighboring Food Co-op Association erbin@nfca.coop // bonnie@nfca.coop www.nfca.coop www.facebook.com/neighboring