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2023 San Luis Valley, Colorado: Local Food Finance Landscape Map

December 31, 2023

The purpose of this report is to highlight possible financing resources at the state and local levels that can be brought into coordination with existing efforts to advance the local food system in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. For development finance professionals, this includes demonstrating the significance of incorporating local food systems efforts into local economic development agendas. For local food system practitioners, this means highlighting the importance of engaging local development finance agencies to restore healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems.

Food Systems

New Mexico: A Snapshot of our Commitment to Children

November 1, 2023

New Mexico is full of rich histories, cultural legacies and community pride. Through our grantees' work to provide and improve equitable opportunities for children, families and communities, their efforts are also supporting the cultural, social and governance traditions throughout the state. We strive for equity across boundaries of language, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin. Our strategies cut across the political aisle, philanthropic siloes, diverse sectors and disparate issue areas— all in service of results-driven outcomes for every child.Children are at the heart of our collective impact—making historic and lasting change in education, health and family economic security for generations of children living in New Mexico. Decades-long commitments to children have created a movement of system and policy innovations. We see our investments within these child-centered partnerships flourishing and advancing the well-being of underserved communities. While tremendous progress has been made, we know there is more work to be done.

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems; Racial Equity and Healing

We're listening. We're learning. Feeding MI Families.

September 27, 2023

This document is the result of surveying 781 families from Battle Creek, Detroit, Grand Rapids and (through a non WKKF funding source) several rural counties. Additionally 105 in-depth interviews were conducted. The families worked with the grantee (Univ of MI) to co-create the policy recommendations in this KP. One of the recommendations is for expanded programs like Double Up Food Bucks - which is an initiative that WKKF has supported for several years. We shared the attached brief with state legislators that we spoke with during Legislative Education Day. 

Food Systems

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 2

November 29, 2022

This second session of the three-part webinar series explores approaches and models to build equitable partnerships supporting the delivery of cultural/community responsive nutrition interventions and equity. Highlighted are a 1890 university utilizing a diversity database in their campaign efforts to increase healthy food access by accurately depicting the communities they serve; and a 1862 university with a multicultural SNAP-Ed program that has unique challenges and leverages relationship building in direct education program development/implementation.

Food Systems

Local Food Incentive Programs for K-12 and ECE Settings: Stakeholder Needs and Values

November 7, 2022

This resource provides a summary of findings from a national survey exploring the interests and educational needs related to K–12 and ECE-based local food incentive programs.

Food Systems

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 1

October 6, 2022

The first session of this 3-part webinar series considers the impact funding disparities within the land-grant university system and among statewide implementing agencies, cultural awareness and integration, community food access, and so on have on partnership development and offers ideas and models for more equitable SNAP-Ed partnerships. Specifically, the first session explores how SNAP-Ed funding is determined at the federal level, the latest SNAP-Ed community needs assessment tool seeking to increase equity, tribal colleges and universities' role in SNAP-Ed and policy recommendations, and perspectives on how funding decisions impact statewide collaboration and considerations for increasing equitable collaboration within states.

Food Systems

Farmer Equity a National Survey of Opportunities and Challenges

September 9, 2022

This is a report style briefing on goals, objectives, outcomes, and conclusion of the Farm Equity National Scan Assessment project. In the knowledge product, we included a few quotes from producers, photos, and stories to highlight farmers that were interviewed.

Food Systems

2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey: Farm to Early Care and Education Continues to Foster Bright Futures for Children and Communities - Brief Compilation

July 15, 2022

The resource documents collection highlights key findings from a national survey of ECE providers regarding the implementation of farm-to-ECE programs. Findings also include the challenges identified by ECE providers that are informative for the field in dissemination and advocacy. Providers can also use the information to support their efforts and seek funding.

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems; Leadership

Willful Wildflowers: Journeys and Dreams from Food Systems Leaders

July 1, 2022

In partnership with Real Food Media, this communications piece highlights the journeys of food systems leaders that we have had the honor of building relationships with through this dynamic and growing network. Collected over the past several years, this compilation of over 25 interviews with majority BIPOC leaders capture moments in time and visions for the future; they are snapshots of the challenges leaders face, and the moments of joy that propel them forward. 

Food Systems; Leadership

Exploring Models of Local Food Procurement in Farm to Early Care and Education Programs

April 21, 2022

Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) initiatives generate similarbenefits as Farm to School programs. However, there is a lack of research aboutlocal food procurement in Farm to ECE programs. We provide a descriptiveevaluation of how 12 child care centers that participated in a Farm to ECEprogram procured local food. We found that centers purchased low volumes atthe beginning of the program, creating challenges for establishing viablerelationships with local food suppliers. Centers employed strategies such asbuilding relationships with distributors and retailers, picking up local food, andaggregating demand with other centers and families to create successfulprograms

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Enhancing Young Children’s Access to Local Foods and Farm to ECE: Federal Funding Opportunities

March 3, 2022

This guide provides functional descriptions of actionable and timely funding streams, including an overview of the funding eligibility requirements, allowed uses, timeline, flow of funds, and strategies for action. The guide also highlights case examples of how entities across the country are creatively leveraging funding streams for farm to ECE. The purpose of this guide is to prepare and position farm to ECE partners to effectively apply for funding.

Food Systems

Farm to Child Care: A Detailed Guide for Farmers and Food Producers

January 14, 2022

Farm to Child Care, also called Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE), is about teaching young children where their food comes from and building their confidence to grow, select, and prepare their own fresh food. It is about celebrating our connections through food to nature, our cultures and identities, and to each other. Farm to ECE brings together children, teachers, families,staff, and local farmers and food producers in a wide network of support. 

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

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