Meeting Minutes

Action Team Name: Food Systems Meeting Date: 2/21/2008 Facilitator: Allison Harris

Note Taker name: Ann Rojas Telephone #: 215-386-5211 ext. 108 e-mail: annierojas@whitedog.com Attendees: Brown, Linda (Awbury Arboretum) Gibson, Taraya (Phila Dept. of Public Rojas, Annie (White Dog Community Bryant, Brenda (West Phila Consortium, Health) Enterprises) PARCC, Monumental Efforts CDC) Harris, Allison (The Food Trust) Santana, Abbie (Thomas Jefferson Byrnes, John (Penn State Coop Extn.) Ingram, Karl University) Cornfield, Shana (The Food Trust) Msomi, Nomfundo (The Food Trust) Weidman, John (The Food Trust) Cotton Sr., Russell (Sayre Morris Rec Parrot, Mary Clare (Penn State Extn./La Weiss, Norman (Weavers’ Way Co-op) Center) Salle Univ. student)
Agenda Item Introductions Announcements Discussion: Main Points Participants introduced themselves and made announcements • Karl- looking for diesel auto to convert to biodiesel • Annie- White Dog Community Enterprises fundraiser- The Brewer’s Plate is March 9 • John Weidman met with Brenda during premeeting networking. He will arrange Food Trust presentation for West Phila Consortium • Patrick from the Food Trust made a good connection with Mike Basher at Shop Rite that will help with Fresh Grocer project at Progress Plaza Thank you for suggestions of community groups. Staff has begun to make presentations. We are working with evaluation team to determine if questions, polling etc. are an option. Looking into PUFFA.org, but have other names reserved. We need a communications intern to assist with developing content and posting it. A draft of the work plan was reviewed. We discussed assessment process briefly. Assessment Follow-up Actions/Status Interested persons can contact Annie, (annierojas@whitedog.com) she will forward your email to Karl. Interested persons can contact Annie (annierojas@whitedog.com) Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Responsibility Not applicable Deadline Not applicable

Synergy: List examples of synergy provided at meeting

Previous Meeting Follow-up Community Engagement/presentations

Please forward names of groups/organizations that need to be engaged in process to Annie (annierojas@whitedog.com) Anyone with access to a communications intern or other volunteer expertise in website development, please contact Annie. Not applicable

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Agenda Item Review of food system vision

Discussion: Main Points will inform planning process. Minutes from the last meeting were distributed and reviewed including definition of a food system and the preliminary discussion of group vision for food system. Russell and Nomfundo presented an Overview of nutrition efforts at the Recreation Center. Nomfundo heads the youth portion of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative at Food Trust. This summer she worked on exposing youth through photography to their relationships with food system. Sayre was one of the project sites. She was able to source local snacks for the rec center once a week. Russell has been involved in this community since 1979 and has been volunteering at rec center since then. He was tired of seeing children eat “microwave” food and has embraced the opportunity to have nutrition programming at the center. The program has helped to expose children to good food and inspired them to report about their food to peers and their family– cooking program, newspapers etc. are all in the works. Program is currently once a month, ideally it would be more frequently so that a real difference could be made. Russell said doing it every week would make good nutrition part of their life, but at least every two weeks so that the taste of the healthy food stays with them. Recreation center runs a summer camp too. One field trip included a local farm. Children got to pick veggies, learn where the veggies come from, and bring them home to eat. Program has been a valuable addition to the center. Recreation Center and Russell are thankful for the work of the Food Trust. Another program at the center was the Healthy Times paper run by Marion Ulhman that gave children a chance to do interviews and research articles around food and nutrition This fall Nomfundo worked on a community corner store mapping project that walked kids through their community to assess what was food was available. They discussed what they saw and

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New Topics Sayre Morris Recreation Center- presentation

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Food Trust corner store workpresentation

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Discussion: Main Points made a map of the community food outlets. Map was distributed to help kids make healthy snack purchases. She is currently working in schools on Healthy Corner Store Initiative. This has youth in schools and corner store owners working to develop marketing materials that develop media literacy skills and youth leadership while changing the environment in corner stores. Food Trust research shows that in Phila young people between the ages of 8-12 are getting a majority of their caloric intake from snacks (25% of calories from corner stores). Kids spending money has increased- a majority of that money goes to snacks and fast foods. Nomfundo shared materials developed during 2004-2006 initiative at 3 stores including Snack Smart Comic books. Program was successful at educating youth on reading labels and making healthier choices. Currently working with four schools and “good neighbor” corner stores. The project encourages stores to give more shelf space to water, give more single serving packages and stock fresh fruits and vegetables. During the months of March and April initiative will develop marketing to promote fruit salads in good neighbor stores. Marketing varies with store site/features. Stores were selected after surveys of stores indicated what was available. Community involvement beyond youth has been minimal, but it is being developed. AH: This is good example of how to engage youth and how the policies that we focus on our plan can support programming

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Agenda Item Food Trust Recreation Center project- presentation

Discussion: Main Points Shana discussed the Food Trust’s recreation center program. They partner with 33 recreation center directors to provide nutrition education lessons monthly. DVDS, games etc. are provided to provide nutrition messaging throughout the month. Access issues are constantly brought up. You can teach children to eat better but if the food isn’t available in the stores it doesn’t matter.

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Agenda Item Additional corner store discussion

Discussion: Main Points Russell commented that corner stores position themselves near schools- some schools have three stores around them. Kids stop there on the way to school to buy their snacks foods. Brenda- it would be wonderful if there were a healthy snack store set up at schools and rec centers on the premises. Russell- Sayre High School has nutrition program that includes family fitness nights and they sell healthy stuff at the school for those events. Sayre recreation center is open for the change. City provides the recreation center with snacks that aren’t healthy. The city needs to provide healthy snacks. JW-The Food Trust had a “lemonade stand” model where youth learn business skills and sell fruit salad or smoothies to their peers at school. It is only a few schools. This is a program that could be supported by policy because this program is often seen as competing with school food service. It is in currently in 20 schools. NW- Weavers Ways does a similar program in 5 schools. To be able to have the stands, the policies can eliminate the competition piece. Karl asked about incentives to get corner stores to change- ie supporting the stores that make changes like endorsing stores, giving money to stores is not sustainable- the Food Trust tried to provide an incentive to stores to participate. Perhaps offering a business team with marketing and merchandising support to encourage cooperation from corner stores. The vision statements generated last time were reviewed. Last time the discussion was framed around an ideal food system. Today’s discussion was focused on if we had unlimted funds- what would a successful food system look like. Kellogg definitions of good food was distributed and reviewed. Allison presented draft wording that tries to grasp

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Refining vision

Karl suggested checking out Added-value.org Their programming exemplifies a lot of the food system ideals we discussed.

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Discussion: Main Points what we are trying to say. We commented on starting point and what was missing. Starting point: “A local and sustainable food system nourishes all members of the community through access to healthy and affordable food.” Statement needs to say/Missing from the statement: • Something about nourishing land and environment • Community building and nourishment • Make connection of relevance to individual’s lifestyle (beyond education, but really a cause/effect relationship with food and health- personal and community health) • Additional statement to address producer • A community that supports…. • Producer/consumer/infrastructure Proposed: “Nourishing the community physically, economically, and spiritual” • Add the land • Add intentional RC: Existing efforts on this block- church, rec center, school – board exists that tries to nourish the community. KI: The idea of relevance is different than education- awareness JW: Maybe eliminate the word spiritually- food system is public sphere, , food systems do not nourish spiritually, food brings people together and that nourishes the spirit Helping people without forcing it down their throat. AR: Food systems may nourish in other ways, not spiritually BB: Suggestions- statements 1, 2, 3 from the minutes with nourishes the community period.

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Discussion: Main Points Proposed: “One in which all people have access to healthy affordable food, supports the local economy, and nourishes the community.” Proposal still missing concept of relevance Allison will type up statement and distribute by email We will use google shared documents to get additional feedback.

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Analysis of food systems opportunities

Exercise- pull out opportunities into primary domains of the food systems. Break into small groups- which opportunities fall into which domain. This exercise was begun and then in the interest of time, focus was shifted to just look at the list of opportunities and expand that list. Opportunities for Food System Improvement: • Breastfeeding promotions • Healthy Snacks for after/out of school programs- recreation centers • Institutions: schools, prisons, churches, hospitals feeding programs • Caretakers- go in to homes, cook for people • Education- growing food, breastfeeding, buying local • Education drives consumer demand for local, healthy, organic food • Education may be a strategy • Coops, CSAs • Economic benefit- we need to always ask ho people in communities benefit • Empowering local people as entrepreneurs, jobs (ie Enterprise Center’s community kitchen idea), Common market- non-profit distribution organization that will create jobs in food system, view urban farming and value added opportunities from economical Review list of domains and opportunities and formulate grid to present for feedback Annie and Allison March 20

Make sure Enterprise Center is involved in PUFFA

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Next Steps Data/Information Requests Next Meeting Date

Discussion: Main Points standpoint, growing food in vacant lots for profit, not just a hobby • Improved health is also a community benefit • Affordability is key Finalize vision Begin data collection process Not applicable March 20 4:30-6:00 April 10

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