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These are the one year goals that the Steering Committee set! October 2019 marks one year since we began working on these - see below to learn more about what we’ve accomplished over the past year.

School Food

Our goal is to design a strategy around how Lynn residents and institutional partners can work with and support the school district to provide more healthy and culturally relevant food in Lynn public schools:

One Year Plan:

  • Expand existing school Salad Days network by 2 schools - by bringing the total of 11 out of 18 elementary schools by the spring of 2019. (Salad Days is an experiential learning opportunity for all 3rd grade students, in Lynn Public Schools, to plant, take care of, harvest and eat their own spring salad mix and fall root vegetables.)

    • Meet with Superintendent to see if the Salad Days model is still viable and the partnership should continue by the fall of 2018.

      Done! - the Superintendent arranged a meeting with remaining principals to measure interest.

    • Meet with Principals at remaining schools to recruit 2 additional schools to expand to by fall of 2018.

      Done! - We are implementing Salad Days at 11 out of 18 elementary schools in Lynn.

    • Have The Food Project (TFP) Dirt Crew build raised beds in the late fall or early spring at local elementary schools to be finished by the spring of 2019. Done! - successfully built new garden beds at Aborn, Cobbett, and Ford Elementary Schools.

    • Have FoodCorps and UMass Extension partner and incorporate two new schools in the current systems for Salad Days by the spring of 2019.

      Done! - We are working with UMass and North Shore Community college to loop the new schools in.

  • Develop sustainable model of staffing and resources that can support the Salad Days model in the School District by the spring of 2019.

    • Meet with Backyard Growers to hear more about their model and sustainability and how they work with Gloucester Public Schools by the fall of 2018.

      Done! - We are looking into their potential support for the work in Lynn (training, etc.).

    • Research other potential staffing possibilities to support Salad Days to more schools by the fall of 2018.

      Done! - Partners include North Shore Community College and UMass Extension.

    • Fold in additional staff support by the spring of 2019.

      Done! - We have partnered with North Shore Community College to engage with their Federal Work Study Program to support Salad Days and other agricultural work.

Food Education

Our Goal is to plan and implement an experiential learning strategy to shift health outcomes related to food for residents in Lynn:

One Year Plan:

  • Survey landscape of current food education pieces happening in Lynn by the fall of 2018.

    • Identify what topics should be covered as part of ‘food education’ by the fall of 2018.

      Done! - TFP youth revamped of some existing workshops and began developing new race, class, history and environment focused workshops around food.

    • Compile running list of all groups and individuals who are doing food education trainings/workshops in the city and share with others by the fall of 2018. Done! - The subcommittee has put together an initial list that will be ongoing.

  • Pilot an experiential food education program for Lynn residents that compliments and leverages existing food education resources by the winter of 2018.

    • Work with TFP Root Crew to create a public workshop series that engages with community members around the cooking and eating of food by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - In Spring 2018, we hosted two community cooking workshops led by Preps by Chefs and Romeo’s Smoothies, who both have roots in Lynn. We’re excited to build on this with other local chefs!

    • Work with TFP Root Crew to create a public workshop series that engages with community members around the general knowledge and awareness about the food system by the winter of 2018.

      In the works - TFP youth revamped existing workshops focusing on food systems, workers rights, what is in your food, labeling and cooking.

Access

Our goal is to expand existing food access points for low-income residents in Lynn.

One Year Plan:

  • Identify two mobile market sites in the city to provide access to fresh, healthy and local food by the summer of 2019.

    • Create categories to identify market sites (population density, access to public transport, demographics) by the winter 2018.

      In the works - We’re still looking into potential social infrastructure sites, where residents already gather, in target areas accessible to public transportation.

    • Identify two new market sites to implement Mobile Markets in the summer by the spring 2019. Done! - We piloted markets at Ingalls and Ford Elementary schools and with a local community organization.

    • Work with TFP Root Crew to create marketing plan for new Mobile Markets sites by the spring of 2019.

  • Explore possibility of centralized food distribution system by the winter of 2018.

    • Work in partnership with the Food Business priority Subcommittee to identify mid-size level grocer that would be interested in working on a smaller alternative food distribution system by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - We were introduced to, and are now working with, Ernie’s Harvest Time to be a central distribution site for local produce for the city of Lynn.

  • Streamline mobile market process to reach more residents and sites by the winter of 2018.

    • Secure funding for the development of a mobile market trailer that will streamline setup and transportation of produce by the fall of 2018.

      Done! - We secured an adorable mobile market trailer named “Gayle” thanks to funding from MDAR (Mass Department of Agricultural Resources).

Affordability

Our goal is to expand, develop and support a variety of funding streams for consumer incentives that focus on local purchasing of fruits and vegetables for low income residents in Lynn.

One Year Plan:

  • Develop a network of local farmers and consumers that can advocate for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) at key moments throughout the year - ongoing.

    • Work with TFP Root Crew youth to educate and organize community members to advocate for HIP funding by the spring of 2019.

      In the works - We have been working with the Lynn Grows Steering Committee to advocate for HIP and other food system policies and will continue to think of new ways to engage folks around advocacy.

    • Develop strategy, tracking and communications process to mobilize network by the winter of 2018.

      In the works - We’ve been mainly working with the steering committee and personal networks and would love to expand this!

    • Gather state data on HIP to share information with institutions and community members by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - MA Food Trust has put together a very informative resource page that is easily accessible. Please click here.

  • Research, develop and pilot a new innovative model that addresses those that still experience food insecurity, but do not qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by the summer of 2019.

    • Research information about value card programs/ loyalty programs to see what has been implemented in the country by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - We developed and implemented a voucher system for folks who are not eligible for SNAP to access farmers market foods

    • Gain access to Lynn Community Health Center’s survey data to help inform a new model for food insecure clients that do not qualify for SNAP by the winter of 2018.

      In the Works - We were able to partner with LCHC to help develop the pilot and food insecurity screening.

    • Develop and implement plan to recruit residents to enroll in SNAP and residents that do not qualify for SNAP by the winter of 2018.

      Done! We were able to partner with Lynn Community Health Center to recruit some of our pilot participants and hope to build on this partnership in the upcoming year.

    • Develop and pilot new model for food insecure clients that do not qualify for SNAP by the summer of 2019.

      Done! - We developed and implemented a voucher system for folks who are not eligible for SNAP to access farmers market produce. We plan to expand upon this pilot, using the data we collected around barriers to food access, in the upcoming season.

  • Identify funding streams to provide Incentives - ongoing.

    • Have the TFP Organizational Research Fellow and Development team identify streams of funding for pool of money to pilot partnership which will be an ongoing process - ongoing.

      In the Works - We are learning about the Community Benefits funding process through local health services.

Gardens

Our goal is to build upon existing partnership with the city around community garden management and build up the community garden network.

One Year Plan:

  • Build 45 new community garden beds by the spring of 2019.

    • Work with LFFA to identity new garden sites to build by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - While we were unable to build a new community garden at Barry Park, we still built close to 45 new beds at existing community gardens and organizations.

    • Work with TFP Dirt Crew youth to build raised beds by the spring of 2019.

      Done! - TFP youth were able to build the new beds at existing gardens and organizations.

  • Create more robust communications and engagement between gardens and gardeners in the city by the winter of 2018.

    • Survey how to connect and communicate efficiently with all gardens and gardeners in the city (LFFA) by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - The Community Garden Coordinator has worked with volunteers at each garden site to coordinate communications and paperwork.

    • Implement new communications process with all the gardens and gardeners in the city (LFFA) by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - The Community Garden Coordinator hosted a Kitchen Gardeners club and established a seed library at the Lynn Public library.

    • Work with TFP Dirt Crew to celebrate the gardens and gardeners in the city by the winter of 2018.

      Done! - We worked with gardeners, schools, and farmers to establish a city Farm Festival in partnership with North Shore Community College for the spring. Seedlings, a Farmers Market, and information about the food system will be shared.

  • Explore what it would take to transition Garden Coordinator position to the City by the spring of 2019.

    • Have conversations with the city about the possibility and what it would take to make this happen by the winter of 2019.

      Done! While there will be no Garden Coordinator position in the city, we have secured volunteer leadership at each garden site.

local Food Business

Our goal is to build a win-win local and healthy food system that encourages small business development, economic growth and affordable local food/ healthy options for Lynn residents.

One Year Plan:

  • Have at least 3 businesses/vendors committed to offering produce (local and non-local) in spaces where normally not available by the summer of 2019.

    • Work with committee members to identify 3 businesses/vendors that offer food that is culturally relevant who are interested in getting more produce in their space by the fall of 2018.

      In the Works - We have established a partnership with Ernie’s Harvest Time as a central distributor. We hope to work with the Bodega Makeover Project in the future to build relationships with bodegas in Lynn and in the mean time will be focusing on the

    • Conduct meetings with 3 businesses/vendors on how they are willing to partner by the winter of 2018.

      In the Works - We have been working with Ernie’s Harvest Time to increase their stock of locally grown produce and hope to meet with local bodega owners once we solidify a plan for distribution through Ernie’s.

  • Partner with one business/vendor to measure metrics around impact, conducting pre and post surveys by the winter of 2018.

    • Work with the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF) to apply for Technical Assistance Funding to implement pilot distribution and business model with metrics and measurements by the summer of 2019.

      Done! - Ernie’s Harvest Time and TFP have secured funding from the MA Food Trust to seek technical assistance for a marketing and distribution plan for local food.

  • Create positive marketing campaign for partnering business/vendors by the fall of 2018.

    • Work with TFP Root Crew youth to develop and implement marketing plan with involved businesses/vendors by the spring of 2019.

      Done! We held a block party at Ernie’s on Friday, August 16th to celebrate the introduction of local food in the store! Between 150 and 200 people attended.

If you want to learn more about these one year goals, please contact Aparna Raghu at araghu [at] thefoodproject.org