Application to Join PCFA Leadership Council is Now Open

We’re looking for dedicated food justice advocates, foodies, and all around good people to join our leadership council! Find the application to apply here

Please submit completed application and a resumé to info@pimafoodalliance.org before 11:59pm on Friday, December 14, 2018. Please also read the following information BEFORE completing the application:

The Leadership Council is the decision-making body for the Pima County Food Alliance. Our monthly meetings are where most of the exciting work and coordination actually gets done. As a group of individuals dedicated to food justice in our community, we discuss project and partnership opportunities, share information, set goals, and strategize about the work necessary to achieve those goals.

The work of Pima County Food Alliance is grassroots, unpaid, completely volunteer, and driven by passion for creating a more resilient, healthy, and inclusive food system. It is important that you understand this before committing to join the Leadership Council! It can be rewarding and foster meaningful connections with other leaders in the Tucson food system; but you need to be at the table, on time, and bring an appetite.

Council members commit to a 2-year term upon acceptance, with an average commitment of 10 hours per month (varying throughout the year). This includes monthly Leadership Council meetings, monthly subcommittee meetings, an annual retreat, larger events several times each year, and individual contributions of time. Leadership Council meetings occur monthly for about an hour and a half. We ask all Leadership Council members to commit to at least 9 meetings per year and join at least one of the subcommittees.

Current Council members will review applications and be in touch with all applicants by early January. Please save the date for our annual retreat on January 13, 2019 from 2-5pm. Location TBD.

Expanding Double Up SNAP – SB1245

Pima County Food Alliance’s #1 policy goal for 2017-18 is to expand access to fruits and vegetables at our farmers’ markets.  A great way of doing this is through a program called Double Up SNAP, which allows food stamp recipients to double their dollars at the market to be used on fresh, locally grown vegetables.  A win for consumers, and a win for local farms!

Believe it or not, the Arizona State Legislature is, as we type this, considering a bill called SB 1245 that would help expand Double Up SNAP across the entire state!!!

What is SB 1245?

SB 1245 appropriates $400,000 of the State general fund in fiscal year 2018-2019 to be used to upliftt local Arizona farmers and our Arizona economy by providing funding for a produce incentive program for SNAP participants so they can purchase locally-grown produce items at participating farmers markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and grocery stores.

How can I learn more?

You can download this PDF file for a quick synopsis, or you can check out the Let’s Grow Arizona website, which is run by Pinnacle Prevention, the folks spearheading this project.

What can I do to help?

For now, you can sign up with Pinnacle Prevention to receive updates.  Click here to sign up to receive updates on how to help.

Retreat and go forth

Each year, we hold a planning retreat to set course.  Today, we welcomed 6 new members, and then broke into various sub-groups to do some planning.  Here a few highlights:

Outreach and Public Relations: This group plans to bring you several events throughout the year, such as the movie night we co-hosted last fall at Las Milpitas, perhaps some food trivia.  Whatever it is, we promise it will be fun or informative…hopefully both!

Policy: This group’s most immediate, and biggest task, is to support the passage of SB1245, the state bill that allocates $400,000 for expanding Double Up SNAP across the state.  It’s fresh off the presses, and will move quickly.  We promise to keep you posted.

Development: This group plans to put some sweet moolah in the coffers, which will be put to good use in expanding our impact.  Also, on tap: developing our own skills as a leadership council, recruiting new members, etc.

Of course, the best part of any PCFA retreat is eating the delicious food put together by a bunch of fanatical foodies.  What did we we eat???  Maybe you’ll just have to have to join the leadership council next year and find out!  😉

 

Now Accepting 2017 Applications for the Leadership Council

The leadership council is the place where decisions get made for the Pima County Food Alliance, and where much of the exciting work and coordination actually gets done.  We are a roughly 16-member body that meets monthly to discuss projects, share information, talk about partnership opportunities, and figure out how to accomplish our food-related goals.

This coming year, we’ll be focused on our Policy Platform, specifically our push to get Double Up SNAP funded on a statewide level!  Is that something that interests you?  Have other ideas you’d like to contribute?

If you think so, please consider applying. Applications are due on Dec. 15.  You can find the application here.