Friday, June 2, 2017

May Workgroup Activities Update

The full Food Security Workgroup met on May 22nd to share updates and further the work around shared strategies. 

New data or the stories behind the curve

  • Bounty and Soul - Bounty and Soul has seen a 30% increase in participation in the past 6 months.  75% of participants are new.  Food sourcing has increased from 6,000 lbs per week to 7,500 lbs per week.
  • DUFB - Getting very close o receiving the USDA waiver (and USDA has been very apologetic for the lengthy process). Materials are being printed. MOUs with markets are completed. It looks like the launch is 2-3 weeks out. One temporary set-back with West Village Market is that they inadvertently let their SNAP certification lapse and are in the process of re certifying.

    Currently the big ask of partners at this point is to assist with identifying volunteers to serve as DUFB Liaisons. These individuals should be SNAP recipients who require 20 volunteer hours a week to maintain their SNAP eligibility as required by the recent rescinding of the eligibility waiver for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)
    • YWCA is helping identify among their clients who may need this volunteer opportunity.  
    • Nicole has also been in contact with Phillip about eligibility requirements and how to identify volunteers.  
    • A volunteer recruitment flyer has been created.  Please share with your clients/contact you believe could benefit from this opportunity.  Terri will share in the CHIP newsletter and on the engage page (done). Katy will share this information with helpline volunteers who may be able to identify liaisons.
  • MANNA  - Katy reports that Amy Meir has been participating in the poverty simulations hosted by BCHHS and they have been "amazing"!  Note:  BCHHS reports that more of these are planned for the future and will will try to get that info out.
  • Local metrics and data technical support - Terri has been in conversations with Kiera Bulan, ED for the ABFPC and Ameena Batada, UNCA H&W Faculty member.  There is interest and movement around creating a Metrics Cluster for the ABFPC with discussions around ensuring that there is coordination around CHIP metrics and around using a Results Based Accountability frame to insure consistent language across the community.  UNCA is also interested in provided technical assistance in this effort through involvement in the cluster as well as engaging students and faculty to support these efforts.  A cohort faculty would like to be trained in RBA facilitation.  Conversations are taking place with the NC Center for Health and Wellness and WNC Healthy Impact and a training is likely this Fall. 
  • Other Noteworthy Updates:
    • Ujamma Freedom Market has been purchased by Patchwork Farms so it can now source directly from the far.  Current worker/owners do not expect to be involved (by choice) as the mobile market gets a "reboot". However, Patchwork Farms plans to hire from the community and likely from those who have been involved with Ujaama in the past.
Strategy Updates:
    The Education and Skill Building - We revisited the action map and the shared measures questionnaire. FEAST and Strong Roots will be pilot testing this with youth. The YMCA has used the questionnaire (paper version) at several Friday distributions. There appeared to be confusion on the "where you get F&V" question especially around the language of pop-up markets and we will make several changes to clarify. Several clarifications were also made to the Action Map. The questionnaire can be found at this link.
  • Systems Change & Sustainability
  • Reviewed process to continue to define what are scope and structure should look like as well as existing and potential partners.  Changes were suggested to the network partners assessment (which can be found here).  Once finalized, workgroup members will identify specific organizations to contact.  Terri will draft an email template to facilitate outreach. 
  • Revisited result language and did not find a need to change: 
    Create a sustainable structure to support our collective work with the core community partners doing food security work in Buncombe County.
    We need a "model language" piece for our larger systems work. Terri will send out what was drafted for the Education and Skill Building Strategy which may work with some modifications.
UPDATE: Terri has been working with Rebecca Reeve of WNC Healthy Impact to create a series of activities for our next workgroup meeting to ground some of this work and make sure we are all "on the same page" about the goals, direction and process of this work. This will include the values conversations we decided was important at our March meeting and that we scheduled for May but did not happen.  The goal of this next meeting will be to arrive at some clear group agreement that will enable each of of to articulate exactly what we hope to achieve and what it will take for us to get there.

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