Community Food News

Top 5 of 2019: Leadership training offers tools to overcome health challenges in Native communities

The year in review countdown continues with a blog featuring one of our own staff members and the steps she is taking to be an even better leader in her community. Coming in at number four is a blog on Lizzie Swalley's efforts to connect with Tribal programs within her community of Santee to work on food access, food sovereignty, and traditional food efforts. The piece is written by Liz Daehnke, communications consultant, and was posted in January.

Food + Art Conference feeds eager entrepreneurs’ business needs

Small food and arts-based businesses were offered tools needed to be successful in growing their businesses at the first-ever Food + Art Conference in Pender, Nebraska. The event was hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs in October.

In the heart of rural America, attendees were able to gain access to resources usually only found at larger conferences in urban areas.

Bring responsible food choices into schools

Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Nebraska Food Council is urging Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into schools.

Last spring, Congress signaled an attempt to build a new Child Nutrition Act. This legislation is traditionally revised every five years and, while most program authorizations are permanent or extended through annual appropriations, a new Child Nutrition Act has not been reauthorized since 2010.

Local foods crop up in schools in October

Throughout our nation, 42 percent of schools have contributed $789 million to local foods through farm to school programs.

This October marks the eighth annual National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the importance of improving child nutrition, to support local economies, and to educate communities about the origins of their food.

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