Audience: Policy & Program Specialist

Farm to Institution New England

This brief highlights how healthcare facilities implemented and expanded local food initiatives during the pandemic as a means to effectively feed and care for healthcare constituents while also investing in the local food economy. Specifically, by leveraging existing partnerships and value chains, healthcare organizations moved quickly to serve their stakeholders through onsite retail (e.g. grocery) locations and expanded community supported agriculture (CSA) or produce subscription programs while continuing to support local food producers whose…

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

As Tribal nations, communities, and the remaining country respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced resources and program flexibilities supporting continued food access. These opportunities are available for reference here and may be updated as additional information becomes available. Updated as of 3/20/20…

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance to help Tribal governments and their legal counsel regarding the use of Coronavirus Relief Funding, a new educational resource with additional information and examples based on guidance and interpretations released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”)….

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

This guide was created to as a resource to navigate the challenging circumstances sparked by COVID-19. Assistance from federal and state programs can make a difference for farmers in this crisis. Download the resource for an outline of current relief programs related to COVID-19 and how they apply to farmers….

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….
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