Food Bank of the Southern Tier is proud to announce the first edition of our Agency Services Newsletter - Fresh Bites!

Fresh Bites

June/July 2016
Working together to build and sustain hunger-free communities throughout the Southern Tier

Welcome Partner Agencies!

Welcome to the first edition of Fresh Bites! This newsletter is geared toward sharing important information with, as well as highlighting outstanding efforts from, the partner agencies of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. 

You'll also notice that this newsletter is more interactive by providing topic summaries with the option to click on links to explore that topic further. Please explore and enjoy!

What to expect in future issues

You should expect to see Fresh Bites in your inbox on a bi-monthly basis. Future editions may include: FBST deadlines, Agency Services calendar, FBST Strategic Plan updates, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) updates, JSY corner, Fidelis Corner, Agency Highlights, Volunteer Spotlights, and Future FBST Collaborations.

Not all of these topics may be covered in every issue. My goal is to provide a source of valuable information pertaining to our member agencies in a more convenient and centralized manner. 

Bon appetit! 

Editor's Introduction

Hello! My name is Bethany Britton. As the new Agency Services Assistant, one of my responsibilities is to manage a newsletter geared specifically toward FBST partner agencies. I have also assumed some of Vickie Steck's former responsibilities. I'm sure that if you have not heard from me yet, I will be in touch soon!

Please feel free to contact me directly regarding newsletter feedback as well as other agency concerns!

2016-2018 FBST Strategic Plan Update

At our Annual Agency Celebration in April, Matt Griffin presented an overview of the FBST Strategic Plan. As our work progresses, important updates and developments can be found in this section.
We're excited to take these next steps toward a hunger-free Southern Tier!

Feed: Address the problem of hunger today by maximizing local food sources, optimizing food access for clients, and focusing on nutrition.
Lead: Mobilize a movement around the issue of hunger through education, advocacy, as well as convening and collaborating.
Strengthen: Building and leveraging resources through strengthening relationships while also building internal and agency capacity.

JSY Corner

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is one of New York State's nutrition education services available to low-income families. 
Services: Using nutrition education workshops and food demonstrations, JSY works to ensure low-income families in New York eat nutritious foods, make the most of their food budgets, and prepare foods in a safe manner.

Click here to find upcoming workshops in the Southern Tier

Please visit the JSY website or contact Paddy Redihan (ext. 4046) or Elisa Bernardo (ext. 4012) for more information
JSY Tips and Recipes
How to cook:
Spaghetti squash in the oven and in the microwave!

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce Recipe
Pepper Pizza and Pepper Fritatta Recipes

Fidelis CornerFidelis Care

Fidelis Care is the New York State Catholic Health Plan, providing quality, affordable, New York State-sponsored health insurance coverage for people of all ages and at all stages of life.

Fidelis Contacts
Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties
Valerie Smith, Supervisor of Marketing, 607.201.5041

Tioga and Broome Counties
Amanda Tack, Supervisor, 315.434.2119

Tompkins County
Janet Enders, Supervisor, 315.254.7485
For a list of events in your area, click here and please visit the Fidelis website for more information

Helpful Links and Information
FBST Agency Resources - Nutrition and Food Safety, Food Recalls, and Client-Choice Handbook
FBST Agency Advocacy Resources - Helpful information about the importance of advocacy around anti-hunger and poverty policies
Primarius Web Window - Online ordering, enter monthly statistics, view statements and invoices, and view available grant funds
2-1-1 Helpline - Agencies and clients can find other local resources
One Last Tidbit - Food Recovery
This information was shared at the June Advisory Board Meeting about Food Recovery and may be of interest:
Information on food recovery and making donations and on food waste in the US.
Our next issue is scheduled for mid-August! Stay tuned and remember to check your inboxes!
Thank you, 
Bethany Britton, Agency Services Assistant
607.796.6061 ext.4052

Catholic CharitiesMember of Feeding America

                             Food Bank Association of NYSBetter Business Bureau


June 29th: Chemung County Coalition Meeting; 1:00-3:00 pm; Penn Ave Food Cupboard; 1238 Pennsylvania Ave, Pine City
July 4th - July 8th: FBST will be closed this week in celebration of Independence Day 

Check out FBST Agency News and Updates for important dates and deadlines!

July 12th: Schuyler County Coalition Meeting; time TBD; Schuyler County Outreach, Watkins Glen
July 13th: Tompkins County Coalition Meeting; 2:00-4:00 pm; CCE; 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
July 15th: Steuben County Coalition Meeting; 12:00-2:00 pm; Dormann Library, 101 W. Morris St, Bath
July 20th: Tioga County Coalition Meeting; 12:00-1:30 pm; Tioga Opportunities; 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego
End of June - Mid-August: Summer Meal Programs

Dates, times, and locations vary by participating meal sites
Click here to for more information and to find locations closest to you!
Please contact Jennifer Bertron for more information

The goal is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Also see the SNAP-Ed website for more information

Please visit the FBST site for more information on  SNAP  or click the image below to visit the SNAP website 

Eat Smart New York (ESNY)
ESNY is a program funded by the SNAP-Ed program

Click here for a Southern Tier Eat Smart New York (ESNY) brochure

CCE Nutrition Contacts
Broome and Tioga Counties
Kelly WhiteEnvironmental Nutrition Supervisor

Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties
Justine E. Cobb, Senior Nutritionist, Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York
Check out Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York (FLESNY)

Tompkins County Only
Tina Snyder, Community Nutrition Educator, Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York

CCE Websites
Broome County 
Chemung County
Schuyler County
Steuben County
Tioga County 
Tompkins County


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