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Cornell Students Bring Affordable and Quality Food to Campus

Statistics from the 2015 Perception of Undergraduate Life and Student Experiences (PULSE) Survey suggest 1 in 5 Cornell students are food insecure.  This means  they skip meals because they have financial constraints. This troubling statistic is what led Cornell students’ Emma Johnson and Mark Stefanko, (now graduates) to tackle this issue head-on.  They envisioned a […]

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Urban Blendz,” An Aspiring Catering Business Opens Its Doors!

“Urban Blendz,” an aspiring catering business serving a mix of Southern and Latin foods, has begun catering in the community!  Urban Blendz’ Avis Fraser and Sabrina Rivera are excited to pursue a role that brings together both a passion for cooking and a lifelong dream. Avis tells us that Urban Blendz represents both Harlem, where […]

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One Health Symposium Highlights

On Friday, November 4th, Cornell hosted a symposium entitled, One Health + Public Health + Global Health.  This symposium highlighted the connections between environmental health, humans and animals and included speakers representing a wide range of topics and fields of interest.  Speakers focused on disease and environment, and food (and water) security.  Well-being, such as […]

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Tompkins County Collective Impact Initiatives

This past Monday, October 24th, five local Collective Impact initiatives presented their reports, detailing their highlights from their first-year of work.  These initiatives represent a range of supports and activities, with the shared goal of strengthening our community’s resources around the needs of children and families.  The initiatives range from supporting children’s development prenatally to […]

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Changing the National Food Policy Dialogue via “Food Policy Action!”

If you haven’t already, check out Food Policy Action, a 501c4 organization which dedicates its energy to promoting a sustainable food system through advocacy and education, and the publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard.  The scorecard keeps our legislators accountable since it rates them (in a positive or negative direction) on voting for or […]

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Smarter Lunchroom Findings

New Findings from the  Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition (BEN) suggest that making professional  development opportunities available to food service workers is key to  fostering   healthy food changes in school cafeterias. Specifically, the study conducted a survey to examine what sets “school innovators” apart. For more information about this study, connect […]

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Category: The Big Picture

How Secure is Our Food Supply in the Face of Climate Change? 

Thursday, October 13th  from 6 – 8:30 pm  at First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St, Ithaca Free & open to all; Free dinner provided! This community forum will start at 6 PM with an Ethiopian Dinner prepared by Addisu Gebre who is involved with the Cooperative Extension Food Entrepreneur Network.  At 6:30 PM, keynote speaker Mike Hoffman, Director […]

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Second Facilitator Upcoming Training for ” The New Jim Crow!”

Stop by the Multicultural Resource Center to receive a free copy of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” the powerful book written by Michelle Alexander, which describes our country’s current/contemporary system of mass incarceration. Based on this book, Community Book Read events and discussions will take place from now until April […]