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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

Reforming National and State Policies to Reduce Inequity of Safely Managed Sanitation in the United States

February 27, 2023

The Decentralized Wastewater Innovation (DWI) Cohort is a nationwide community-driven research initiative by DigDeep Right to Water Project elevating decentralized wastewater challenges, solutions, and policy opportunities. Given the unique intersection of (1) unprecedented federal funding for decentralized and alternative wastewater solutions, (2) the complex landscape of residential infrastructure needs, and (3) the diverse, comprehensive expertise of the DWI Cohort, the Cohort recommends the following policy opportunities for federal agency consideration:1. Develop an accurate count and map of decentralized wastewater system deficiencies in the US; use this improved data to drive resource allocation to increase the efficiency and impact of federal and state programming.2. Expand and improve outreach programs to impacted communities and households to reduce access barriers to funding mechanisms.3. Prioritize regulatory support and funding for alternative technologies to improve access to affordable and effective decentralized wastewater systems.4. Invest in long-term relationships with impacted communities and households to improve compliance, ensure longevity, deepen cultural integration, and improve public health outcomes.

Health Equity

Southeast Nebraska Development District Strategic Food Systems Financing Plan

February 1, 2023

CDFA worked with Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) to establish a set of recommendations that position SENDD to be the leader in supporting the further restoration of the regional food system. The Strategic Food Systems Financing Plan focuses on how SENDD can use development finance tools to unlock capital for food and agriculture-related businesses, projects, and infrastructure to generate economic prosperity while advancing racial and social equity.

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

Growing Regional Food Systems & Economies

October 1, 2022

In 2016, some Black, Indigenous, and Asian American food systems stakeholders and allies from across the state of Mississippi were able to convene together for the first time to dream about transforming the local and state level food systems. This gathering was made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). The outcome of the gathering was the formation of the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative with the common goal of improving the health of Mississippians through increasing access to healthy, local, culturally appropriate food, educating people about healthy food, building the capacity of local farmers, and increasing the amount of local food purchased by schools and institutions.This is a collaborative write up produced primarily by Noel Didla, in partnership with the co-stewards of the Center for MS Food Systems. https://alliancems.org/growing-regional-food-systems-economies/

New Resource Offers Roadmap for Informing, Evaluating Farm to Early Care and Education Programs

September 28, 2022

Great resource that identifies key tools that are available for providers, advocates and agencies to use to plan, develop, implement and evaluate aspects of Farm to ECE efforts.

Nutrition Education and Food Access Evaluation Report (2022)

September 13, 2022

The project evaluated examined the use of agricultural education in the ECE setting in Clayton County, GA. The project measured teachers' self-efficacy and level of readiness to employ Farm to ECE (FTECE) practices, and explored parents' and community members' perceptions about fruit and vegetable access and promotion. 

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

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