Thanks to all who responded to our brief questionnaire on how to structure our meetings moving forward! The results show that:
Our next meeting will be the 4th Monday of March (3/27) from 3-5 at MAHEC in the Pisgah Room of the Education Building.
Moving forward, through the first of the year our meetings will be from 3-5 on the following Mondays...
These dates and locations can be found on the CHIP Calendar
Strategy Group Updates:
A small team (Cory Jackson w/YMCA, Kate Justen w/FEAST, Cathy Hohenstein with NC Cooperative Extension and Terri March) have met several times to begin work on what was considered the next step in our Skill Building and Education Collaborative. The team has created a very simple definition for what type of program would be included in this collaborative as well as drafted some shared questions that these organizations could use with their clients/customers.
The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council with Bountiful Cities serving as the fiscal agent has been awarded funding by the Community Foundation of WNC for the Double Up Bucks initiative. The planning team, including numerous FS Workgroup members, has been meeting monthly to address logistics for the anticipated April roll out. We are currently waiting to receive a required (and expected) waiver from the USDA to proceed. Once that is obtained, the date for the program launch can be announced and we will begin sharing materials and information to get the word out to SNAP recipients as well as community agencies and organizations that can help spread the word. The initial retail partners will be the French Broad Food Coop and Mother Earth Produce. The planning team is already working identifying future retail partners and on securing funding for expansion leading up to a USDA grant application in 2018.