Jessica A. Chittenden
June 17, 2008
NYS Council on Food Policy to Meet June 27 in Albany
Summer Meeting to Address Food Security Issues and Recap Listening Tour
The New York State Council on Food Policy will meet on Friday, June 27, 2008 in Room # 250 (known as the Blue Room) of the Capitol Building in Albany from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. At this meeting, Council members will receive updates on food security issues and discuss input received from its recent listening sessions.
This meeting will be open to the public for observation. Those wishing to observe must RSVP by 5:00 pm on June 25, 2008 to Mary Ann Stockman at 518-485-7728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council conducted public listening sessions in Albany, Syracuse, New York City, Binghamton, Rochester, Harlem and Riverhead this spring. Anti-hunger advocates, farmers, processors, consumers, health care professionals, laborers, food service directors, and many others, delivered testimony about key food policy issue areas to the members of the Council. This input will be instrumental in developing effective recommendations for a state food policy strategic plan. Full content of the testimony presented at the listening sessions is available at www.agriculture.ny.gov.
Key food policy issue areas identified by the Council on Food Policy are: 1) maximizing participation in food and nutrition assistance programs; 2) strengthening the connection between local food products and consumers; 3) supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure; and 4) increasing consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating and improve access to safe and nutritious foods.
The New York State Council on Food Policy plans to meet again in October 2008 to prepare material for their report due to the Governor in December of each year. In its report to the Governor, the Council will make recommendations on developing a state food policy to ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, especially low income residents, senior citizens and children, and to look at ways to increase sales of New York agricultural products to New York customers.
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