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Look here to learn about what is happening in Greater Gainesville to improve our local food system. You might also find requests for support from some of our local partners. Thank you to everyone who has shared info about the events and programs your organization is offering and the support you need.
- Community Members Team Up to Fill Farmworkers’ Face Mask NeedAt the end of summer 2021, the Delta variant of COVID-19 surged in Florida. Consequently, the need for face masks soared with it. When Growth Management Senior Planner Kathleen Pagan received a request from the Farmworker Association of Florida, she connected them with Days for Girls to fill the need.
- Gainesville Giving Garden Grows Its Leadership TeamThe Gainesville Giving Garden has developed a small urban farm near downtown Gainesville. Its mission is to grow food for underserved families in our community. As a new nonprofit, the organization is currently looking to grow its Leadership Team. Check out this post for more information about this opportunity!
- City Asks What Food Waste Recovery Groups Need to be SuccessfulSeveral community organizations – including the City of Gainesville – are committed to improving food access in our community. One way we can do this is to make sure food does not go to waste. By working together, businesses and food recovery organizations (like food banks and food pantries) can work to get donations for extra food to hungry people in Gainesville. A survey has been created to help this process. Check out this post for more info.
- Food Planning Project Seeks Community-Driven Solutions in the SoutheastGrace Grows and a host of community partners are building toward food sovereignty through a food planning project in Southeast Gainesville. Food sovereignty is about generating power in the impacted community, where impacted community members are the ones who determine solutions for themselves.
- Fresh Access Bucks Extends Unlimited MatchIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding Florida has made more funds available to Fresh Access Bucks participants. Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is a statewide program that allows SNAP recipients to double their SNAP dollars for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating retailers. The typical $40 cap has been suspended until the end of 2021.
Local Updates on FSC-GNV Initiatives
- Community Reviewers’ Input Wanted for This SiteWe want this website to be as user-friendly as possible. Therefore, we want to hear from people in the North Central Florida area about how it can be improved. There are opportunities to sign up as a compensated community reviewer as well as provide input at your convenience.
- Research Database in Progress: Calling for Resources!We’re building an online food systems research database. It will be free for anyone to use and specific to the North Central Florida region. Right now, we’re seeking research and data that are not yet available online. If you’ve got resources or ideas to contribute, we’d love to hear from you!
FSC-GNV Meeting Notes Archive
- Food Access and Community Wellness Notes from September 21 2021The FSC-GNV met on July 20, 2021. These meeting notes summarize the discussion on Food Access & Community Wellness, especially discussions about a new Produce Prescription Program. You can access the PDF version to share and download from this page as well.
- Economic Development and Supply Chain Notes from August 17 2021The FSC-GNV met on August 17, 2021. These meeting notes summarize partner updates as well as discussion of a community grocery store in SE Gainesville. You can access the PDF version to share and download from this page.
- Food Access and Community Wellness Notes from July 20 2021The FSC-GNV met on July 20, 2021. These meeting notes summarize the discussion on Food Access & Community Wellness, especially discussions about a new Produce Prescription Program. You can access the PDF version to share and download from this page as well.
- Notes and Updates from the July 2021 MeetingThe FSC-GNV met on July 13, 2021. These meeting notes summarize presentations on UF Small Business & Vendor Diversity, the UF Economic Impact Analysis Program, and the FSC-GNV. You can access the PDF version to share and download from this page as well.