The FSC-GNV met on January 18 2022. These meeting notes summarize the discussion on Food Access & Community Wellness, especially discussions about initiatives underway through the City of Gainesville.
MEANS Database is a national nonprofit organization that connects food-generating entities to local organizations that use the excess food to feed the hungry in their communities. MEANS has partnerships with large entities like UF/IFAS and the UF Family Nutrition Program. And now MEANS Database is joining our efforts here in Gainesville to help improve our food waste recovery.
One way we can improve food access in our community is to make sure food does not go to waste. By working together, businesses and food recovery organizations can work to get donations for extra food to community members who are hungry. Check out this post to learn about a survey created to help this process.
This SNAP Recipient Survey by Florida Impact to End Hunger is open to Florida residents who currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Participating in this survey may help to improve the SNAP program in the future.
The Catholic Charities Food Pantry, located at 1701 NE 9 Street, Gainesville, FL, provides food packages that are nutritionally balanced to meet the needs of each family or individual.
Catholic Charities Weekend Hunger Backpack Program supplements meals for children who depend on their school for breakfast and lunch, during the school week. The program identifies chronically hungry children who are in need of nutritional assistance over the weekend. Read on to learn how to donate!
A FREE online training starts in May 2021 for up to ten women farmers and ranchers starting or expanding value-added businesses. The Farm2Food Accelerator empowers Florida’s women farmers, ranchers, producers, growers, fisherwomen, beekeepers, and other related agriculturalists. Visit www.f2faccelerator.org to learn more, fill out an application, and register for an info session.
Fisher Farms is a 5th-generation Black farm in Jonesville, FL. They need support from the community to increase storage capacity for their expanding produce production. Learn how you can help by contributing funds to build a walk-in cooler and/or volunteer on the farm!