Tompkins County Food Insecurity – Capstone Project

Assessing Food Insecurity in Tompkins County – Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone – Sarah 

After researching food insecurity in Tompkins County for three months, I know so much more than I did when I started out, but I feel like I’ve still only breached the tip of the iceberg. There is so much complexity that goes into the way that people receive help in this area. Even the ways that the words “poverty” and “food insecurity” are defined are complicated.

Loaves and FishesSo here’s a summary of what I found out:

The groups of people who have the highest instance of poverty in this area are families with children under five, specifically female led households, and people of color. In the city of Ithaca, 100% of female led households with children under five live at or below the poverty line according to the Tompkins Community Health Analysis.

The biggest sources of help to impoverished individuals in Tompkins County are the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and the programs mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The former supports soup kitchens and food pantries across 6 counties and distributes over one million pound of food each year. The latter provides funding for things like school and summer lunch programs, and for WIC (the special supplemental program for Women, Infants, and Children).

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Internships with Ithaca Children’s Garden

Spring and Summer Internships with Ithaca Children’s Garden. Application Deadline Extended to March 9th!
 Ithaca Children's Garden

 

 If you’re looking for an extraordinary internship experience that will knock your resume out of the park, and help you see the world in a new way, apply now to join the ICG team.
  • Educator/Playworker
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Educator
  • Garden Educator
  • Food Systems, Cooking, & Nutrition Educator
  • Teen Urban Farmers Mentor
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Non-profit Administration
All positions pay $10-12/hr, and are 25-40 hrs/wk.
Federal Work Study eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus

Mobile Food Pantry on the TC3 Campus – Monday February 29, 2016 in D-LOT, 12pm to 1pm

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

There are no forms to complete and you do not have to ‘qualify’ to receive the food. You just need to leave your name and be willing to give us your phone number and age of everyone in your household/res hall room. (This is just for required data reporting for the funding that supports the mobile food truck.)

Bring bags with you and be prepared to refrigerate food – most of it will be dairy or produce items.

We’ll be set up at the parking lot off of Panther Drive (D-lot) – near the Residence Halls. The photo below is what the truck looks like.

Any member of the TC3 community (faculty, staff, or student) is eligible.

Mobile Food Pantry

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From Recipe to Market Workshop – Broome County

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Broome County Presents: From Recipe to Market Thursday February 18th  2016,  9am-4pm At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County  On Thursday February 18th Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, in partnership with the Food Venture Center of NY and TasteNY, is offering a From Recipe to Market workshop from 9am-4pm. Is … Read more