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  • Goals: Fourth largest school district in WA State. Increase direct purchasing of WA grown product in a suburban school district to create a local model of how to link farmers with school meal programs. Over two years, we aim to set up the systems that will be needed for the district to sustain these efforts after the grant such as: linking seasonality with menu planning, identifying and establishing contractual relationships with farmers, identifying and ideally purchasing needed equipment for scratch cooking, assessing food consumption and marketing/education with students on program changes. As an example of an early win, two weeks ago, 1200 pounds of frozen blueberries were used to make blueberry crisp for dessert for all students in the district; the farmer made a visit to an elementary school cafeteria to directly promote this effort to students. Partnering to develop a toolkit that will help all school districts in King County (19) to purchase locally grown food. One User friendly toolkit that facilitates step by step how a food service manager goes about doing the bidding, understanding the legal requirements around geographic preferencing, and effectively partnering with farmers to meet their demands for food purchases. The website will have the toolkit on it in November.
  • 14 farmers from linguistically and economically isolated communities – all low income and most refugees are operating 5 small farm businesses on the Farm Incubator land. They are receiving extensive mentoring and technical support and through community partnerships – many with other CPPW funded projects, they also have access to case management, English Language Learning opportunities, marketing support, transportation, business technical support, and the help of dozens of enthusiastic community volunteers. (drastically reducing their isolation and increasing their integration in the community) They are contributing to increasing access to healthy foods in their community – their produce will be made available in participating Healthy Foods Here corner stores, as well as in local Community Kitchens, and in important institutions like daycares and community centers.
  • 1.2 million program to provide technical assistance, training, and capital to stores Working across 8 cities – Seattle and South King County Working primarily with corner stores Learning that business support is key to implement this program To learn more, attend a session with more detail on our program tomorrow from 8:45-10am.
  • Working with farmers at 11 markets, primarily in South King County to place EBT readers and develop a system for accepting regular monthly WIC checks for fruits and vegetables in each market. This expands the summer Farmers Market Nutrition Program to allow for increased use of nutrition assistance benefits – which supports both farmers and low income families. Staff to provide cross site coordination, trainings for market staff, volunteers, and their vendors to use the technology, development of marketing/promotion materials, and evaluation of program impact. Trainings are going very well and they are being done in diff. languages. The state is planning to use this model to expand across the state. (KC market work starts in June) ALSO,  re the EBT machines for the DNRP- Farmers Market Project there are two systems - one where the vendor has their own EBT wireless machine and the other with the machines at the info desk:   18 farmers representing 12 farms. Each vendor will have a machine. 6 markets will have machines at the info booth too. Federal Way (new), Columbia City, Madrona and Georgetown will have EBT only capability at the info booth. Burien and Des Moines will have credit/debit/EBT at the info booth.  
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    • 1. Food Policy as Prevention: Public Health’s Emerging Role for Healthier Communities Sara Padilla , Community Food Security Coalition Alisa Haushalter , Nashville Erin MacDougall , Seattle & King County Rachael Banks , Portland & Multnomah County
    • 2. Overview
      • CDC funding for Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)
      • Identifying solutions through Healthy Eating policy and systems changes
      • Focus on food systems, including farmers markets, food policy council, farm to school, healthy retail and healthy food purchasing
    • 3. Providing National Technical Assistance
      • CFSC was one of ten national organizations selected to provide TA. Partners include:
      • Farmers Market Coalition
      • National Farm to School Network
      • National Good Food Network
      • Public Health Law & Policy
      • The Food Trust
      • Urbane Development
    • 4. Session Format
      • Overview of each site
      • Food systems project highlights
      • Key roles as public health
      • Challenges and successes
      • Lessons learned
      • Q & A
    • 5.
      • Nashville:
      • Metropolitan Government
      • Board of Health
      • 560,000 population
      • Southeast
      • Urban and rural
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 6.
      • Nashville’s Community Action Plan:
      • Collaborative
      • Reflective
      • Internal/external
      • Idealistic/pragmatic
      • Tree tops/grass roots
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 7.
      • Tree Tops:
      • Mayor’s Office
      • Metro Departments
      • Leadership Team
      • Policy Director
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 8.
      • Grass Roots:
      • Neighborhoods
      • Schools
      • Worksites
      • Places of Worship
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 9.
      • Initiatives:
      • Food Policy Council
      • Community/School Gardens
      • Corner Store Initiative
      • Urban Agriculture HIA
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 10.
      • Lessons Learned:
      • Journey
      • Simplicity/complexity
      • Partnership
      • Mission/vision focus
      Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
    • 11. Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) Food Policy Efforts
      • Supporting local food business
      • Promoting local and healthy food products
      • Creating more opportunities for urban food agriculture
      • Facilitating equitable community participation in decision-making
    • 12. Public Health’s Emerging Role for Healthier Communities “ It is unreasonable to expect people to change their behavior easily when so many forces in the social, cultural, and physical environment conspire against such change.” - Institute of Medicine
    • 13. Current Initiatives Community Settings : -Schools -Senior centers -Worksites -Parks & recreation facilities -Faith-based settings -Health care systems -Retail environments Strategies: -Farm to institution partnerships -Facility improvements -Nutrition standards -Product placement & marketing -EBT/WIC access
    • 14. Nutrition Policies in Community Settings
      • Through CPPW, MCHD is funding School Districts to:
        • increase the procurement of local food
        • implement cafeteria reforms
        • implement campaigns that feature local, healthy food
        • MHCD is funding Ecotrust to provide technical assistance and connect school districts to local farmers through its FoodHub
    • 15. Faith-based Settings
      • Changes impacting 100,000 people
        • healthy food policies and practices
        • kitchen modifications: removing deep fryers
        • raised bed garden in a former parking lot,
        • buying club by pooling resources to get food directly from local farmers
    • 16. Healthy Retail Initiative
      • Promoting voluntary strategies by retailers to increase healthy food options in underserved areas
        • Community assessments
        • Mini-grant program
        • Branding campaign
        • Alternative sourcing strategies
        • Healthy Options Vendor Challenge
      • What are our next steps?
    • 17. Public health and food policy efforts in Seattle & King County, Washington
      • Farm to School
      • Cooperative Purchasing
      • Urban Farming
      • Healthy Corner Stores
      • EBT and WIC at Farmers Markets
    • 18. Seattle & King County Farm to School
      • Kent School District – direct purchasing
      • Farm to School toolkit
    • 19. Seattle & King County Farm to Table Project Advancing Cooperative Food Purchasing
      • Goals:
        • Increase fruit and vegetable consumption by low income kids and seniors,
        • Strengthen local food system,
        • create relationships between providers to promote cooperative purchasing
      • Partners: City of Seattle, WA State Department of Agriculture, and Puget Sound Food Network
      • Sixteen programs serving seniors and children in childcare linked to local food producers
    • 20. Seattle & King County Farm Incubator Project
      • 14 farmers from very diverse backgrounds
      • Mentoring and technical support
      • Contributing to increasing access to healthy foods in their community
    • 21. Seattle & King County Healthy Corner Stores
      • 30 stores in urban and suburban communities
      • Partnering with Community Based Organizations
      • Bringing support to businesses including capital
    • 22. Seattle & King County EBT and WIC at Farmers Markets
      • Increasing access to healthy foods through farmers markets
      • Marketing, training, and technical assistance support to markets
      • Coordination across markets
    • 23. Summary of Lessons learned
      • Identifying and testing impactful interventions for policy and systems change
      • Role of public health; partnering for other aspects
      • Evaluating and adjusting to focus our impact
    • 24. Resources
      • CFSC –
      • USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative -
      • National Farm to School Network –
      • National Healthy Corner Store Network –
      • National Good Food Network -
    • 25. THANK YOU!
      • Our contact information:
      • Sara Padilla –
      • Alisa Haushalter -
      • Erin MacDougall –
      • Rachael Banks –