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Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

March 03, 2008

Council on Food Policy to Hold Listening Sessions

Listening Sessions Scheduled for April 3, 2008 in NYC

The New York State Council on Food Policy is holding two listening sessions in New York City to gain perspective from community members on several food policy issue areas and to seek opportunities to maximize collaboration among stakeholders.

Both listening sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Federal Office Building on 90 Church Street in Lower Manhattan in Conference Rooms A & B on the 4th floor. Session 1 will be held from 10:00 am to 12 noon; Session 2 will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The listening session is open to the public and will be an open microphone format. Anyone who wishes to participate will have three minutes to present their opinions and must also provide their comments in written format.

Comments should focus on how to strengthen the connection between local food products and consumers; how to maximize participation in food and nutrition assistance programs; and how to increase consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating and improve access to safe and nutritious foods.

Due to limited time and space, presenters will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The Council also requests that only one member per organization and only those who have not yet addressed the Council provide comments. Those who cannot attend the listening session can submit written comments at any time.

Those wishing to participate must RSVP by March 28, 2008 to Mary Ann Stockman at 518-485-7728 or maryann.stockman@agriculture.ny.gov and indicate which session you wish to attend. A picture ID will be required by all presenters in order to be admitted into the building.

The Council on Food Policy is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the State. The first two sessions were held in Albany and Syracuse in February. Subsequent sessions will take place in Binghamton, Rochester and Long Island. Dates and locations of those listening sessions will be posted as they are scheduled at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/eventcal.html.

Governor Spitzer created the Council on Food Policy last year to coordinate state agriculture policy and look at ways to increase sales of New York agricultural products to New York customers. The Council will also make recommendations on developing food policy that will ensure the safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, especially low income residents, senior citizens and children.

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