Audience: Local/State/Federal Government

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice

Colleges and universities across the United States and around the world are scrambling to keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work….

Farryl Bertmann University of Vermont, Emily H. Belarmino University of Vermont, Thomas Wentworth University of Vermont, Erin Biehl Johns Hopkins University, Roni Neff Johns Hopkins University

To understand how food systems and security are impacted during this pandemic, an online survey was launched in Vermont from March 29 – April 12, 2020 (less than a week after the “Stay Home/Stay Safe” order). This brief summarizes survey findings and respondent comments about experiences with two programs during the early weeks of the pandemic: the National School Lunch Program (school meals) and food pantries….

Farm to Institution New England

As part of FINE's work on how COVID-19 is impacting institutional food systems, this blog highlights how the COVID-19 virus has profoundly disrupted food operations in prisons and jails. Mark McBrine, Food Service Manager at the Mountain View Correctional Facility, shares how the Maine Department of Corrections has adapted their protocols to protect against the virus while demonstrating the benefits of sourcing local quality food….

Farm to Institution New England

The dining landscape changed dramatically due to COVID-19. To-go containers, plexiglass, and safe distancing signs have replaced the once familiar scene of hot trays, buffet bars, and students in close comradery. And now, as colleges further revise plans to reopen, dining operations continue to adapt. In FINE's most recent blog, we discuss the changes in campus dining and what lays ahead as colleges continue to grapple with the coronavirus….

Farmers Market Coalition

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly our food supply chain can be interrupted. While farmers markets are often viewed as a privilege for the well-off, this pandemic has cemented markets as essential businesses that have an important role to play in increasing access to local, healthy food for everyone. Yet, not enough support, funding, and resources are currently directed to organizations and individuals that run markets….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

As the Federal Government is leading efforts to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19), states are serving on the front lines. Below is a quick summary of all the main resources that might be helpful to you and your staff. Please do not hesitate to reach out to NASDA staff with questions, concerns, or reports of disruptions impacting your department….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

Kentucky’s farmers markets have always played an important role for our communities to access fresh, healthy and locally-grown products while providing our farmers a location to market their items. In the face of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky’s agricultural and food-delivery industries, Commissioner Ryan Quarles and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have developed these recommendations to assist you in planning for a successful and safe season in 2020….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The Florida Seasonal Crop COVID-19 Impact Assessment was assembled utilizing phone interviews with growers on April 15, 2020. It must be noted that markets as well as selling and purchase strategies change rapidly, almost daily, for most crop sectors with the current conditions of the market. Fluctuations for some of the projected figures could be expected….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition and the Delaware Department of Agriculture worked together to develop protocols that must be met by all Delaware farmers’ markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. These current protocols address a change in restrictions as Delaware moves to Phase II of reopening. Individual farmers’ markets may choose to implement more specific and stringent protocols established by market managers and their individual governing entities and agencies. What is most important is that…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition and the Delaware Department of Agriculture worked together to develop the following protocols that must be met by all Delaware farmers’ markets during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Individual farmers’ markets may choose to implement more specific and stringent protocols established by market managers and their individual governing entities and agencies. What is most important is opening Delaware farmers’ markets in a way that maximizes the safety of market staff, agricultural…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

Late spring through the fall is a time when Delaware’s U‐Pick (or “you‐pick”) farm operations open to allow residents and visitors to pick their own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, live Christmas trees, etc. These seasonal opportunities allow individuals young and old to create a connection with local farms to learn where food and agricultural products are grown. During the COVID‐19 pandemic, the Delaware Department of Agriculture wants to ensure that visitors to U‐Pick…
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