Meeting Minutes Action Team Name: Nutrition Meeting Date: 1/11/08 Note Taker name: Annie Rojas Telephone #: 215

-386-5211 ext. 108 Location: NDS, Archdiocese of Philadelphia e-mail: Parrot, Mary Clare, LaSalle Univ. student Pepe, Connie Rifkin, Robin Health Promotion Council (HPC) Rojas, Ann, White Dog Community Enterprises Solomon, Aaliyah, PHMC Stern, Linda VA Medical center Washington, Barbara, PHMC Asthma Link Line Weekes, Ignatius Awbury Arboretum Woodlock, Joe, HPC/PARCC Responsibility Not applicable Deadline Not applicable

Attendees: Brooks, Kofi 11th grade, Germantown Friends Bynum, Colleen, Albert Einstein Hospital and SJU student Bynum, Lukey, Southwest CDC Clinton, Isa, Awbury Arboretum DaCosta, Rosa, Drexel MPH student Deahl- Greenlaw, Amy, The Food Trust Devigne, Cathearine, The Food Trust Federici, Leslianna, New Bold Neighbors Association Fradin, Olivia, Awbury Arboretum Guidry, Marilyn, Cheney Univ. Agenda Item Introductions

Henstenburg, Julianne, LaSalle Nutrition Program Hill, Erinn, Nutritional Development Services (NDS) Johnson, Danni, Philadelphia Health Management Corp. (PHMC) Jones, Lisa, Phila K12 food service Joseph, Leona Penn State Extn. Kendrick, Lamarr Kitt, Albert Awbury Arboretum Margarita, Mona Awbury Arborteum Milenbach, Rachel Morrison, Kelly, Phila Corp for Aging Follow-up Actions/Status

Discussion: Main Points Information sharing/announcements Distributed: Farm to Institution- food service training Coalition Against Hunger- fundraiser information We went around the room and gave introductions There was a question about the existence of a nutrition “directory”. (A listing of nutrition projects etc.) was suggested as a starting point • Joe Woodlock: PUFFA has pushed him to look into avenues about getting fresh food in the neighborhood and is seeking out info on corner store initiative • Mona Margarita was invited to brainstorm

Interested persons are referred to List PUFFA information on Philly Health Info website

Annie Rojas February 1, 2008

Synergy: List examples of synergy provided at meeting

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with Food Trust and Chestnut Hill Foundation to examine RWJF research funding, she feels this invitation arose from PUFFA involvement Robin met Carolyn Cannuscio to discuss research, she will forward info to Mona about being a Principal Investigator on a grant. Colleen Bynum requested information from the group about initiatives for getting healthy food to summer camps.

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Previous Meeting Followup

Tanya Sen reported through Robin Rifkin that Joe Woodlock connected with a Coalition Against Hunger staffer as a result of PUFFA • Robin provided a brief update about Parents United for Public Education meeting discussing school food service issues • Robin has been meeting and linking people in Charter schools to discuss local sourcing Review of task from last meeting: break up into groups and discuss what they imagined for their neighborhoods around food and nutrition. Ideas were regrouped in themes and distributed. This grouping was discussed and the floor was opened for additions to each grouping. During the discussion about community kitchens, there was a comment about Mayor Nutter’s plan to utilize school kitchen facilities. There were concerns that facilities were being closed. Lisa from food service clarified changes in

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Add to list: • There was no mention of the word library on list, maybe we need to explore library as a resource or partner. There are after school programs who do nutrition things in libraries

Mona M. will 2/1/08 contact librarian friend in Mt. Airy to get leads at the library Amy D-G will contact afterschool program to id potential library lead Marilyn G. will share produce 2/1/08


food service- full service vs. satellite kitchen. Food service is looking to streamline delivery and reducing labor in schools by creating modified satellite meals. Food service has not yet connected with a snack vendor so there are no snacks in the schools yet. There is no change in facilities- just food service. Questions were raised about sourcing food locally. There is a meeting scheduled at school of the future to discuss local vendors as an option for that school Participants were also referred to a joint training on locally sourcing at institutions from White Dog Community Enterprises and the Food Trust

1000 corner stores that sell nutritious foods in more challenged areas • Annie will follow-up with Marilyn to arrange presentation for group Tax breaks for corner stores or penalties for % of product as fruits and vegetables etc. similar to abatements for housing Take familiar food and make it healthy again ie. fake cupcake vs cupcake that is really food Promote “slow food”- respect for food, time with family etc.- encourage the process of conscious eating • Challenge for group: eat one more “slow” meal per week between now and the next meeting Lengthen lunch time at schools or workplace policies that allow people to eat more slowly (actually already on the list)- but expanded to include ideas like recess before lunch etc. Skill building around home economics- adding education back and in the context that we want It would be nice for PUFFA to develop food coops in willing communities and neighborhoods with bimonthly meetings/recipe swaps etc. Clarify on the list that community kitchens are a means for people to prepare their meals

research from corner stores at next meeting

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Annie will add all suggestions to the list


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faith communities system change: have healthier food at church events School breakfasts are not scheduled so it is up to individual principals to set aside time for breakfast. Many do not allot any or only minimal time for this.

New Topics

Annie Rojas gave an update on PUFFA progress. PUFFA staff have decided to postpone the February 21st open community PUFFA Update meting in favor or making presentations to existing community groups . This is expected to be a more effective recruitment mechanism. Staff are looking for suggestions for meetings to attend. Policy vs. Programs We are very interested in policy and system Focus areas change. Programs serve their purpose but the primary purpose is policy. We began discussing the vision list, starting first with a discussion about smarter food policies in institutions. Lisa: food service would like to schedule breakfast in every school, currently not enough time for breakfast Erinn (NDS); Catholic schools convene in cafeteria for breakfast together good example of the policy change that supports nutrition One school (Fair Hill?) has 99% participation in breakfast. During test periods, all kids at all schools eat-time is found for eating. The principal drives success of food service in the school. It seems that the two places where we have a lot of policy ideas are around corner stores and schools. This may be because the discussion today was targeted towards those topic areas. It was proposed that perhaps the vision is: more fresh foods in communities (corner stores being one part of that issue), smarter policies in institutions, and economic development around food (community kitchens etc)

Recommend civic association, faith community, or other community meetings that PUFFA staff should try to attend. Robin was invited by Lesliana Federici to speak at Newbold Neighbors on Jan 28th, about PUFFA. Robin has agreed to do so. Robin asked to speak to U.Penn Environmental health class on PUFFA and nutrition. Not applicable Not applicable

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Next Steps

Review vision list and determine what is policy, what is program, and what is actually vision Confirm focus areas for group. Almost everyone has unique data to share about the issues we’ve been discussing whether it is annual reports outlining meals served or number of urban gardens or special surveys of neighborhood specific conditions.

Robin will facilitate discussion at next meeting

Robin Rifkin


Please bring in any data you may have to share with the group. Marilyn will present mapping data from corner stores

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Data/Information Requests Next Meeting Date

No additional requests Meetings were set for February 1 and February 29 at 12:30, with the meeting starting at 1:00. Location to be determined. Robin will schedule meeting locations. Robin Rifkin ASAP

Summary of vision generated at 11.30.07 Nutrition Action Team meeting (Including revisions suggested at meeting 1/11/08) The following question was posed to the audience: “Regarding food and nutrition, if you had a magic wand, what would you like to create in your community?” More fresh food in communities  More community gardens-link to neighbors- maybe more farmers’ markets, or distribution in local corner stores, or CSA share system, education in gardens to teach folks who may want to grow their own food, buddy system.              Safe environment for sellers and purchasers More fruit & vegetable trucks More supermarkets More small stores selling fresh good quality produce Exchange system (Craig’s list) for giving away fresh extra produce Improve communication with corner (community) stores so they offer healthier foods Buying clubs Food Co-ops in more neighborhoods that included support services like recipe swaps, meetings etc. Ability for food trucks and farmers markets to take EBT cards WIC to allow organic foods Food cupboards to have ability to give out more fresh foods Zoning to allow more mobile markets, farmers markets, community gardens, and food demos Publicize about the fresh food financing initiative to stores and others subsidizing for stores to sell fresh and healthy foods and beverages    More women choosing to breastfeed and breastfeeding exclusively for a longer period of time Healthier food at church events Select hours for neighborhood stores within ½ mile of school to limit access to junk foods. (tax incentive?)   Subsidize healthier foods in schools or tax junk foods Tax breaks for corner stores or penalties for % of product as fruits and vegetables etc. similar to abatements for housing   1000 corner stores that sell nutritious foods in more challenged areas Make familiar foods (i.e. cupcakes) “real”, less processed etc.

Smarter food policies in institutions  Subsidize healthier foods in schools or tax junk foods  Better lunch schedules in schools and workplaces, including using ideas like having recess before lunch, to allow people time to eat more slowly       More time for kids to eat lunch and have recess. School Wellness Policy implemented for healthier breakfasts and lunches No Junk Food Policy in Schools Change USDA incentive policy on what to grow, not grow in commodity programs. Opportunity for kids to learn to grow food and prepare healthy foods. Corporations, Community and Civic Settings mandate No-Junk Food Policy or set up incentives for serving healthy foods.  School breakfasts that are scheduled and allow adequate time to eat.

Education Campaigns- Skill building • Recipes • • • • • • • • • Nutrition tips Why healthy foods Demonstrations/try food first (provide samples for youth and others at point of purchase in markets) Introduce new foods Awareness of local foods concepts TV / Radio/ Media Campaign or show devoted to healthy living including food and fitness. Grass roots campaign to change TV/media model of what healthy is (change of social norm) Use schools churches for group learning and cooking. Nutrition Schools in Schools and Rec Centers geared to adults/ families Adding skill building around home economics back into schools (adding education back and in the context that we want- not just pastry baking) • • Promote “slow food”- respect for food, time with family etc.- encourage the process of conscious eating We need to explore library as a resource or partner

Economic and community development  More local production or processing- encourage income generation for profit with neighborhood kitchens       Community people cook together and support each other in good health. Buying clubs and Co-ops Job training in cooking, marketing fresh foods, more jobs in the field Job training in gardening Job opportunities for kids in gardens Community kitchens available for people to prepare healthful meals to freeze for future use

To assign next meeting: V=Vision (what we want) Po= Policy (plan or course of action, guiding principal or procedure, designed to be advantageous) SC=System Change ( how things are done) Pr= Programs (activities, way to accomplish)