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. This large policy work group and action teams are working together to help coordinate community responses to complement government efforts.

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.

Advocacy

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

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

Emergency Resources

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

If you are experiencing, or are aware of urgent hunger/water relief needs, please contact Mariana Padilla in the Governor’s Office via email at mariana.padilla@state.nm.us.

Community Resources

Hunger Action Month - 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge

Hunger Action Month - Social, Email, Video Messaging

Hunger Action Month 2020 - 8.5 x 11 poster

Child Economy Study-July 2020

About 14 Million Children in the US Are Not Getting Enough to Eat

Too Hungry to Learn-Food Insecurity and School Readiness

1 big thing-Virus threatens food programs

Pandemic Growing Need Strain U.S. Food Bank Operations

Native Food Systems Impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic, by Elizabeth Hoover

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

COVID-19 - Roadrunner Food Bank

The Food Depot-COVID-19

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

The Community Pantry – Gallup, 505-726-8068, http://thecommunitypantry.org

ECHO Food Bank – Farmington, 505-326-3770, https://echoinc.org

Roadrunner Food Bank – Albuquerque and Las Cruces, 505-247.2052 (ABQ#), 575.523.4390 (LC#) https://www.rrfb.org

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico – Clovis, 575-763-6130, http://www.fbenm.org

The Food Depot – Santa Fe, 505-471-1633, https://www.thefooddepot.org, 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

New Mexico Out of School Time-COVID-19

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

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


Communications Resources

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

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


Funding Resources

Click on the funding tab to read more.

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

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.


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.


Teams

Get involved! If you would like to help the COVID-19 food and water emergency efforts by joining any action team please email Sharon Berman at sharon@nmfirst.org.


General Action Team

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

For meeting dates and times email Sharon Berman at sharon@nmfirst.org.

  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 11-5-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 11-5-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 10-22-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 10-22-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 10-8-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 10-8-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 9-24-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 9-24-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 9-10-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 9-10-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 8-27-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 8-27-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 8-13-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 8-13-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 7-30-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 7-30-20
      12-Aug-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 7-16-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 7-16-20
      12-Aug-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 5-21-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 5-21-20
      21-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 5-7-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 5-7-20
      13-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 4-23-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 4-23-20
      07-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 3-24-20 Food & Hunger: General Action Team Notes 3-24-20
      15-Apr-2020

  • Funding and Philanthropy Team

    For meeting dates and times email Sharon Berman at sharon@nmfirst.org.

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


    Communication Team

    For meeting dates and times email Sharon Berman at sharon@nmfirst.org.

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

  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 10-12-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 10-12-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 9-15-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 9-15-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 8-14-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 8-14-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-28-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-28-20
      16-Jun-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-18-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-18-20
      16-Jun-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-4-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 5-4-20
      20-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 4-20-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 4-20-20
      23-Apr-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 4-6-20 Food & Hunger: Communication Team Notes 4-6-20
      06-Apr-2020

  • Policy and Advocacy Team

    For meeting dates and times email Sharon Berman at sharon@nmfirst.org.

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

  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 10-29-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 10-29-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 10-15-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 10-15-20
      20-Nov-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 9-17-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 9-17-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 8-20-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 8-20-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 8-6-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 8-6-20
      13-Oct-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 7-23-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 7-23-20
      20-Aug-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 6-11-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 6-11-20
      16-Jun-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 5-28-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 5-28-20
      16-Jun-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 5-14-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 5-14-20
      31-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-30-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-30-20
      07-May-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-16-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-16-20
      23-Apr-2020
  • Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-2-20 Food & Hunger: Policy Team Notes 4-2-20
      15-Apr-2020

  • Food Systems Team

    The food systems team has combined with the Value Chain Agriculture Resilience Action Team. Erika Robers facilitates all the Agriculture Resilience Action Teams. For meeting dates and times email Erika Robers at erika@nmfirst.org.

     

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