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

April 21, 2008

Council on Food Policy to Hold Listening Session

Listening Session Scheduled for May 5, 2008 in Rochester

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

The listening session is scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2008 at Le Lemon Grass II, 285 North Union Street, Rochester in conjunction with the Rochester Public Market. The session will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

The listening session is open to the public and will be an open microphone format. Anyone who wishes to participate will have five 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; supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure; and how to increase consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating and improve access to safe and nutritious foods.

Those wishing to participate are requested to RSVP by 5:00 pm May 4, 2008 to Mary Ann Stockman at 518-485-7728 or maryann.stockman@agriculture.ny.gov.

The Council on Food Policy is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the State. Sessions have been held in Albany, Syracuse, New York City and Binghamton thus far. Subsequent sessions will take place in Harlem and Long Island. Dates and locations of those listening sessions are posted at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/eventcal.html.

The New York State Council on Food Policy was created in 2007 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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