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CAFE Meeting 08/16/23



Coalition Meeting Notes


In-Person Meeting


Activity: Review goals and determine milestone content for the next 45 days or greater.


Goal: Promoting greater access to programs

Comment

Speaker

  • DCFS is piloting a partnership with Code America to provide an app for SNAP applications

  • Their hope is pop up locations at multi-sites: libraries, community center

  • Looking at baseline data of who accesses support now vs. our goal

  • Studying communication systems between governmental programs (Ex: DCFS > Medicaid)


Monica Brown (DCFS)


  • Suggestion: DCFS have pop-ups at grocery stores

Christen Engle (YMCA)

  • Food Bank is focused on areas that are more rural to increase impact

Mike Manning (EBR Food Bank)

In 45 days

  • Create outcome of student study: 1) Flowchart of processes between application to other benefits 2) Understanding the reasons of that siloed breakdown

  • Identify students, set goals for their participation


Goal: Collaboration between organizations

Comment

Speaker

  • Creating a culture beyond the stigma (especially for elderly)

    • Consider educating the youth so they can advocate to their elders


In 45 days

  • Creating framework document for the education of this opportunity

  • Looking at BRAYN becoming engaged in education of the stigma around food access (trainings for partners to help their cohorts understand/promote food access)

Goal: Teach to grow

Comment

Speaker

  • Creating a start-up farmer’s document

    • Funding/Loans, Opportunities, Legal

    • Acknowledging land ownership barriers


Allie (BREADA) & SK (Baton Roots)

In 45 days

  • Meet together (BREADA/Baton Roots/GGH) to discuss what that document looks like and breakdown the steps/timeline

  • Farmer’s Bureau engagement? Farmer backyard/frontyard farming? LSU (Carl Motsenbocker/ask PTuck on recommendations/ Dr. Eubanks *later on*) and SU (Renetta Marshall/Stephanie Elwood) Ag centers, USDA (Beatra after IRA fundings, Robert Seeman, Quintala)

Parking Lots:

  • 9/21 Budget Project Conference > to share moral outrage for food insecurity

  • Discussed vertical farming, barriers are more than just facility, it is infrastructure. Example farm from another state (CT?) is having to close because it became a loss leader.

  • Culture > Emergency Distributions

 

Attendance:

Mike Manning (EBR Food Bank)

Christian Engle (YMCA)

Monica Brown (DCFS)

Aetna/CVS

Allie (BREADA)

Donavan Johnson (BRCC)


SK Groll (Baton Roots)

Dean Andrews (Southern University)

Sherreta Harrison (MetroMorphosis)

Helena Williams (Walls)

Casey Phillips (Walls)

Pepper Roussel (Walls)




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