Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup

Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup

Overview

The Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Action Teams are currently in emergency response mode. This work group has been meeting since the Summer of 2019. The work group includes policy makers, the emergency food sector, farmers, ranchers, resilient agriculture advocates, faith communities, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates, human rights advocates, health providers and advocates, local food system advocates, researchers, philanthropy, and more. This work group is NOT intended to duplicate government emergency response efforts. Please contact your local emergency response manager if you are experiencing or aware of urgent hunger water relief needs and copy Patty Keane in the Governor’s Office via email at patty.keane@state.nm.us. This large policy work group and action teams are working together to help coordinate community responses to complement government efforts.

History

Started in the summer of 2019, the Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Work Group was launched by Representative Melanie Stansbury and staffed by New Mexico First to help coordinate a cross-sector response to eradicating hunger in New Mexico. The bipartisan group of legislators, emergency food sector, farmers, ranchers, resilient agriculture advocates, faith communities, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates, human rights advocates, health providers and advocates, local food system advocates, researchers, philanthropy, and more joined together to coordinate policy efforts and put forward a policy agenda to:

  1. Increase data-driven decision making about food and hunger that is grounded in information about local food systems.
  2. Strengthen local food systems through policies that promote resiliency in New Mexico Agriculture.
  3. Develop and support family-friendly policies that address income inequalities which result in hunger.

Legislative Efforts

Food, Hunger, Agriculture Workgroup 2020 Regular Legislative Priorities Fact Sheet

 

If you would like to help the COVID-19 food and water emergency efforts by joining any action team please email Melanie Eastwood at melanie@nmfirst.org.


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Member Rosters

General Action Team
Communication
Funding and Philanthropy
Food Systems
Policy and Advocacy


General Action Team

Zoom Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89701113333 or 346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 897 0111 3333 

  • Aug 13, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Aug 27, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • September dates to come! 

Notes
Large Group Notes: March 24, 2020
Large Group Notes: April 23, 2020
Large Group Notes: May 7, 2020
Large Group Notes: May 21, 2020
Large Group Notes: July 16, 2020
Large Group Notes: July 30, 2020


Funding and Philanthropy

Zoom Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83797898248 or 346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 837 9789 8248

  • Aug 25, 2020, 3:30 PM
  • September dates to come! 

Communication

Zoom Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85150729929 or 346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 851 5072 9929  

  • August 14, 9-10 am (exception)
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Notes
Communication Notes: April 6, 2020
Communication Notes: April 20, 2020
Communication Notes: May 4, 2020
Communication Notes: May 18, 2020
Communication Notes: May 28, 2020


Policy and Advocacy

Zoom Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82143939346 or 346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 821 4393 9346

  • Aug 20, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Sep 3, 2020, 12:00 PM

Notes
Policy Notes: April 2, 2020
Policy Notes: April 16, 2020
Policy Notes: April 30, 2020
Policy Notes: May 14, 2020
Policy Notes: May 28, 2020
Policy Notes: June 11, 2020


Food Systems

Zoom Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86068633325 or 346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 860 6863 3325

  • Aug 20, 2020, 3:30 PM
  • Sep 3, 2020, 3:30 PM

Notes
Food Systems Notes: April 2, 2020
Food Systems Notes: April 10, 2020
Food Systems Notes: April 16, 2020
Food Systems Notes: April 30, 2020
Food Systems Notes: May 14, 2020
Food Systems Notes: June 11, 2020


If you would like to help the COVID-19 food and water emergency efforts by joining any action team please email Melanie Eastwood at melanie@nmfirst.org.


Search the free SHARE NM database to identify local food resources by entering your location into the database. Click here to get started.

Emergency Response Contacts

Emergency requests should be made through county and pueblo/tribal emergency managers. Please contact your emergency response manager to initiate a response to emergency food, hunger, and water needs. They are responsible for coordinating resources around food, water, and hunger and fair distribution of personal protective needs with front-line relief providers.

Link: Emergency Response Managers Contact Information- all counties, pueblo/tribal areas      

Community Resources (New resources at the top)

 

 

National Blueprint: Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults, 2020 Update

COVID-19 Guidelines For Safe Community Gardening

Why Are Farmers Destroying Food While Grocery Stores Are Empty?

Feeding Low-Income Children during the Covid-19 Pandemic

SHARE NM Website: COVID-19 Resources: Use our Free, open-source Resource Directory to find New Mexico organizations that are responding to a variety of basic needs. Also visit a library of resources by topic to help during the pandemic.

COVID-19 - Roadrunner Food Bank: Consider donating, contributing, and volunteering to support emergency food relief efforts. While our community has rallied, the need remains high with ongoing and expanding relief and recovery efforts.

The Food Depot-COVID-19: Consider donating, contributing, and volunteering to support emergency food relief efforts. While our community has rallied, the need remains high with ongoing and expanding relief and recovery efforts.

GreenCoverSeed is donating 1 acre of free Milpa Seed Mix to farmers who want to grow for food banks. USE SOIL HEALTH TO FEED YOUR NEIGHBORS → A MILPA GARDEN CAN BRING MUCH-NEEDED FRESH FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED https://www.agriculture.com/use-soil-health-to-feed-your-neighbors

Announcing the New Mexico Healthcare Worker and First Responder Support Line

National Conference of State Legislatures: COVID-19 Resources: Hunger and Nutrition Programs

New Mexico Association of Food Banks: Consider donating, contributing, and volunteering to support emergency food relief efforts. While our community has rallied, the need remains high with ongoing and expanding relief and recovery efforts.

  • The Community Pantry – Gallup, 505-726-8068, http://thecommunitypantry.org/ (Services the following counties: Cibola, McKinley)
  • ECHO Food Bank – Farmington, 505-326-3770, https://echoinc.org/, (Services the following counties: San Juan)
  • Roadrunner Food Bank – Albuquerque and Las Cruces, 505-247.2052 (ABQ#), 575.523.4390 (LC#) https://www.rrfb.org/ (Services the following counties: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Valencia)
  • The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico – Clovis, 575-763-6130, http://www.fbenm.org/ (Services the following counties: Curry, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Quay, Roosevelt)
  • The Food Depot – Santa Fe, 505-471-1633, https://www.thefooddepot.org/ (Services the following counties: Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, Union)The Food Depot is actively implementing and supporting relief efforts related to COVID-19. If you are healthy and able, please consider volunteering by emailing volunteer@thefooddepot.org. Financial contributions to relief efforts are welcome.

New Mexico Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for Seniors

New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association: Learn more about efforts to support and sustain New Mexico farmers and value-chain coordination efforts to link communities in need of food to local and regional sources of food.

New Mexico Out of School Time-COVID-19: To learn more about school-based meal options during extended closures, visit this site.

New Mexico Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Personal Protective Equipment to New Mexico healthcare workers, tribal members GO FUND ME PAGE! DONATE!

Seniors or disabled adults that do not have access to groceries

Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better—and enjoy it! We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded by Whole Foods Market and guided by the same values, principles, expertise and standards for quality ingredients, food production methods and nutrition.

WiFi, hotspot coverage for Americans

Women Infants and Children Program (for pregnant and lactating women, and children up to age 5)

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Articles

As Supermarkets Feel Hazardous and Sparse, Small Farms Deliver In Los Angeles, some community-supported agriculture services have seen their membership triple in just a few weeks.

How New Mexico can use the safety net to respond to COVID-19

Earth Day, Ecofeminism and Racial Injustice in the Year of the Plague, COVID-19

Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers


Email Melanie Sanchez Eastwood at melanie@nmfirst.org if you would like to add a resource to this list.



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Funders Dedicated to COVID-19, Food, Hunger, and Water Relief

Please scroll down the page to see the latest grant advisories.

The New Mexico Community Foundation is New Mexico’s philanthropic partner that is best positioned to identify and respond to needs in the Native American, Pueblo/Tribal communities. Read the press release to learn more. Contact JoAnn Melchor, President & CEO, 505.820.6860 ext. 7000.

Catena Foundation is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. It is part of the New Mexico Community Foundation funding support for Tribes and Pueblo Communities in New Mexico and surrounding regions in responding to COVID-19. Contact name: Alex DeGolia, adegolia@catenafoundation.com mwight@catenafoundation.com

Chamiza Foundation sent $50,000 in total to all 20 Pueblos. Funding can be used for any issues related to COVID-19; it is up to Tribal Leadership. Amanda Montoya,  executivedirector@chamiza.org. Read their funding profile for more information:  Chamiza Foundation

The Con Alma Foundation’s grants focus is on systemic rather than direct services. They are partnering with other funders to leverage resources towards relief efforts that reach rural and tribal populations, and are supporting efforts that create, strengthen infrastructures or that facilitate awareness of COVID-19 specific wellness webcasts, behavioral health/emotional support hotlines and journalism. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Con Alma Foundation

COVID-19 Resources for Native Communities: Visit this funding map developed by Roanhorse Consulting to help inform funding efforts in Native American communities across New Mexico.

First Nations has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to swiftly direct financial resources to Native communities on the frontlines of the crisis. They are deploying funds to Navajo Nation and several pueblos and native-led non-profits in NM, and the NM Foundation.Through this fund, donors can support Native communities overall, or donate specifically to the initiative to provide food and water directly to the Navajo Nation and the New Mexico Pueblos. Read the press release.

The Grant Plant, Inc. is deeply concerned about our nonprofit community as we all navigate new challenges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webpage is meant to provide grant-related resources for New Mexico nonprofits. It is updated.

The McCune Foundation is considering all relief efforts, however, most of our 2020 funds have been distributed. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: McCune Funding Profile

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers Grantmaker Resources – Philanthropy’s Response for COVID-19

Sandia Labs is encouraging employee donations for, and awarding funding to, specific efforts/organizations including the UWCNM/Alb Community Fund Emergency Fund, Roadrunner Food Bank, and the Native American Relief Fund. We are opening our regularly scheduled Family Stability grant cycle on April 20 and anticipate that some grant requests will be to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Sandia National Labs

Sacred Wind Communications Community Connect, Inc. Sacred Wind is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. An application for funds from our non-profit organization is on our website under the tab “SWC Fund”.

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to address the critical gaps in services during the unprecedented Corona Virus pandemic.

The Thornburg Foundation is providing funds to existing grantee/awardees who are addressing COVID -19 hunger relief. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Thornburg Foundation

United Way of Central New Mexico is providing funds to the general public/501c3s/government. Priority will be given to any 501c3 nonprofit in central New Mexico. However, funding awards can be made elsewhere in the state. Apply: https://albuquerquefoundation.org/emergency-action-fund.aspx. Read their funding profile for more information: United Way of Central New Mexico Funding Profile

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is providing funds to existing grantees that provide relief in NM in rural, tribal and frontier communities.However, they are working with their national office to request additional funds that would contribute to collective efforts/funds (versus specifically for our grantees). Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

COVID-19 Giving Guide: How To Donate To Reach The Most Marginalized Learn more about ethical giving practices to marginalized communities.

Grant Advisories

Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response Program Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

COVID 19: Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13 Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13

COVID 19: Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13 Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13


If you are a funder dedicated to hunger relief and would like to join the Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Action Team, please contact Lilly Irvin-Vitela at lilly@nmfirst.org.



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Tool Box

Help spread the message!

Call to Action: Calling New Mexicans to help with COVID-19, Food, Hunger, and Water Relief 

  • STEP 1: Copy and paste the Food and Hunger Call-to-Action Text into an email.
  • STEP 2: Embed the Volunteer, Donate, Contribute, and Help Infographic (as seen on this webpage) into your email. Download it in either a JPEG or PDF.
  • STEP 3: Send it to friends and family who want to help with food, hunger and water relief efforts! 

Press Releases

Press Release: USDA Ensures All Kids Can Get Free Meals This Summer as Nation Reopens, Jun 10, 2020

COVID 19: Press Release: Please Join Our Native American Relief Fund to Support Tribes and Pueblo Co The Food Depot Local business supports The Food Depot with special donation

COVID 19: Press Release: Please Join Our Native American Relief Fund to Support Tribes and Pueblo Co Press Release: Please Join Our Native American Relief Fund to To Support Tribes and Pueblo Communities in New Mexico and Surrounding Regions in Responding to COVID-19

COVID 19: Urgent Support Needed for Pregnant and Recently Postpartum Moms and Babies on the Navajo N News Release and Supporting Documents: Urgent Support Needed for Pregnant and Recently Postpartum Moms and Babies on the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo

COVID 19: First NationsPress Release: First Nations Development Institute: Coronavirus Emergency Response: First Nations Awards $635,000 In Grant Funding To Help Native Communities On The Front Lines Of Covid-19

COVID 19: First Nations Press Release: USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

COVID 19: First Nations Press Release: Food Bank Expands Drive Thru Food Distributions in Valencia County

COVID 19: First Nations Press Release: Food Bank Expands Food Distributions in Response to Increased Need

COVID 19: First Nations Press Release: Food Bank Operations During COVID-19 as of Today

In the News

New Mexico emergency food providers in need of volunteers

Statewide Call To Action To Address Hunger, Food Insecurity

Northern Agency launches relief effort

COVID-19 Response: Tribal Concerns

 

NYT article on the Navajo Nation challenges as the COVOD- 19 spread continues

 

Social Media

COVID 19: New Mexico Food Banks and Their Contact Information New Mexico Food Banks and Their Contact Information



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Food, Hunger, Water, and Agriculture Policy Workgroup Special Session and FY21 Emergency Relief & Recovery Funding Priorities

Objectives: Our goal is to advance public policy to alleviate food and water insecurity, create resilient food systems and focus support on critical needs as New Mexico moves forward with legislative and executive pandemic relief and recovery efforts.

Read more below! Download the document:

Food, Hunger, Water, & Agriculture Policy Workgroup Special Session & FY21 Emergency Relief

 

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