Greetings {Contact_First_Name},

It may be hard to believe, but the year is winding down and it is already time to be starting to think about 2022 - and the coming decades. We’re looking for input and visions from partners and interested stakeholders on what we want our food system to look like in 2030, 2050, and beyond. This visioning process is a first step in refining the strategic work of the council to ensure that the collaborations we're convening now and into the next 2-5 years are moving us towards the impact we want to have as a coalition. If you have ideas, please share them here!

To celebrate all our partners and achievements from this year we will be hosting a GATHER on November 10th at Gorman Heritage Farm. Hope you can join us!

Thanks to our sponsors, Gorman Heritage Farm and La Soupe, we will be able to gather in person, outside, under a roof, and enjoy warming soup and toasty fire – rain or shine. But we need you to register in advance. The GATHER is free, but if you are really excited to join us and support our important work to create a healthy and equitable local food system, we invite you to donate $40 (or more) and you'll get a special Food Policy Council Mug for you to enjoy your soup (and future warming liquids) out of.

We will have our final full council meeting of the year that afternoon, from 2:30-4:30 pm, to talk about our vision vis-à-vis our current work and how we can work in 2022 to realize our bigger goals for the food system. This meeting will also take place in-person at Gorman Heritage Farm.

Have you seen our wonderful new website? We just added a new feature – a blog! It’s a space we’ll be using to provide updates and information that can be a little more detailed and timely than this newsletter.

We’ll be running a variety of series on the blog. Our first is part of our Community Voices in Food Movement, telling stories from our Community Advisory Board about their experiences with food insecurity and the food systems they have to navigate. I encourage you to check it out, and to share your voice if you have a story to tell!

These stories and voices are the basis of our work on improving food quality at pantries, which we are implementing in collaboration with the Systems to Achieve Food Equity collaborative that involves numerous food security partners across the city aiming to eliminate food insecurity through quality improvement science. Want to be involved? Reach out to me at  michaela@greenumbrella.org to learn about our meetings.

In other very exciting news, we have officially launched Feed our Future Greater Cincinnati!

You might have received an invite to sign up if you have been part of our Farm to School work or if you took Green Umbrella's 10% shift to local foods pledge. If you want to know all about how you can support Farm to School at your school, home or organization, check out the Feed our Future website and take the Feed our Future pledge. This is part of our larger effort to advance Farm to School in the region, and among other things will provide many resources to support teachers and educators in measuring their impact and building their capacity. Contact anne@greenumbrella.org if you would like to get more involved.

Our various project teams will have working meetings in October, so be sure to reach out ASAP if you'd like to join one.

Wishing you a great fall harvest season and hope to see you at our GATHER celebration on November 10th!

Michaela Oldfield, Director
Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is to create a
healthy, equitable, sustainable food system for all in our ten-county region.

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