FSLN Covid-19 Response Group: Biweekly Listserv Recap (May 9-22)


Hello friends,
The FSLN's Food Systems Leadership Network COVID-19 Response Group Listserv has become a dynamic communications platform for discussing topics specifically related to COVID-19. There has been robust conversation and resource sharing happening and I hope you'll consider signing up here.
Every two weeks, the FSLN support team distills key conversations from the Listserv, shares highlights from the activities of the past two weeks, and offers updates on upcoming opportunities. Below, you'll find the Recap email from May 9th through May 22ndall biweekly Recap Emails are stored here and the listserv's main folder contains additional resources shared through the listserv.
These past two weeks, there were lots of messages about the uncertainties, challenges, and questions related to the CFAP Box Program and FEMA’s engagement with the food and farm sector (you can see all the threads here). We are so grateful for the wisdom and mutual support this community provides. Please keep sharing these comments and insights.
If you have questions, suggestions, or ideas for how we can best serve the national community of food systems leaders in this critical time, please reach out to us at FSLNinfo@winrock.org
In solidarity and service,
The Wallace Center
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Upcoming Opportunities from the FSLN:
Farmers to Families Food Box: Nonprofit Distribution Site Call May 27 at 3:30 CT.

This call is to connect nonprofit organizations working as distribution sites for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to troubleshoot challenges, identify technical assistance needs, and share models of what’s working. Those who are interested in partnering with a contractor to become a distribution site are welcome to join and learn more. Register Here
Nonprofit Distribution Site Survey: Nonprofit distribution sites are also invited to share their insights, ideas, and questions about receiving and distributing food boxes. Your input through this brief survey will help us answer your questions, craft technical assistance, and create peer learning opportunities.
After Farmers to Families contractors were announced, we did a rough analysis of who received them. Of the 198 contractors, about half identify as food hubs, 55 are local or regional businesses, 6 identified as cooperatives, and 8 specialize in organic products. We hosted a call with contractors on May 20 and will continue to support them as they deliver boxes to communities.
Using Maps for Food Systems Planning Follow Up: The Wallace Center is planning a follow-up call to the previous Using Maps for Food System Access and Planning call on April 29 (the recording and notes can be found here). We'd like to hear more about your mapping needs in order to design the next call(s) to provide the best value. Please share your thoughts on this quick survey.
Listserv Recap (May 9-May 22, 2020):
Inspiring Solutions:

Hot Topic: Small Scale Meat Processing Calls to Action
There are 2 pieces of pending Federal legislation to advocate for to support our hard-hit small business and food systems communities:
  • The FEED Act-  A bipartisan bill that would allow Federal Emergency Management Funds to be utilized to pay restaurants and other small food businesses  and nonprofits 100% of the cost to provide prepared meals to families in need. This initiative would put money back into hard-hit restaurants and other food producers to hire back staff, re-start the local supply chain, and feed families in need with prepared meals that represent the full diversity and cuisines of our communities.
  • Saving Our Street Act-  A bill being sponsored by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Senator Kamala Harris that would provide GRANTS of up to $250,000 to small and micro-businesses, and setting aside 75% of the $120B proposal to fund "historically underrepresented businesses including minority-owned and veteran-owned."
Hot Topic: Adapting for Employee and Customer Safety Helpful Tools & Resources:

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