The Plan

Food Access and Justice

Food Access & JusticeHow can we ensure that all citizens have access to fresh, affordable, healthy, and nutritious food?

Working TeamsFood Access and Justice Working Team

The working team will generate proposals to improve access in “food deserts,” protect farmland in our region from urbanization, promote the health of enterprises that produce and process food and fiber, and improve the connections between farm and market. The team will work closely with the other working teams to ensure that proposals align.


Working Team Documents

Keep up to date on the work of the Working Teams as the process unfolds. Documents from the meetings will be posted as they become available.

More information on the overall Working Team process

Food Access and JusticeWelcome and Process Overview

Meeting #1 April 2, 2013: Agenda, Notes, Powerpoint Presentation

Meeting #2 May 6, 2013: Agenda, Handout, Powerpoint Presentation, Notes

Meeting #3 June 10, 2013: Agenda, Handouts, Powerpoint PresentationNotesTerm Definitions

Meeting #4 August 5, 2013: AgendaHandout,Powerpoint Presentation, NotesTerm DefinitionsActions Items

Meeting #5 September 23, 2013: AgendaHandoutAction ItemsNotesPowerpoint Presentation

Meeting #6 January 27, 2014: Agenda, HandoutsIdeas for the Future, Presentation Material,Notes

Meeting #7 March 5, 2014: HandoutAgendaMeeting SummaryPowerpoint Presentation

Final Meeting: 
Meeting #8 September 9, 2014:  AGENDAFINAL PresentationDraft IndicatorsFeedback Form

TeamWork Site – Visit our Working Team Website to keep updated on materials, events, meetings and more.

Working Team Members

Susannah Barton, Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
Jen Bieber, Town of Royalton
Jim Bittner, Singer Farms
Julie Blackman, Blackman Homestead Farm
Marylou Borowiak, Food Bank of WNY
Natalie Cook, Cornell University Cooperative Extension – Niagara County
Andrea Fadel, City of Buffalo
Phil Haberstro, City of Buffalo Wellness Program
Fred Heinle, Alden Chamber of Commerce
Diane Held, American Farmland Trust
Shelley Hirshberg, Executive Director of P2 Collaborative
Sara Jablonski, Food for All
Kelly Ann Kowalski, Food for All
Cathy Lovejoy Maloney, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
Sean Mulligan, Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County
Phil Perna, Supermarket Management, Inc.
Diane Picard, The Massachusetts Avenue Project
Mark Rountree, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Cheryl Thayer, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Iris Tower, Dan Tower Farm
Lisa Tucker, Field & Fork Network
Michael Van Der Puy, American Chemical Society
Bob Watkins, Community Beer Works
John Whitney, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
David Zittell, Zittell Farms

Working Team Facilitators

Brian Conley, UB Regional Institute
Cristina Delgado, UB School of Architecture and Planning
Samina Raja, UB School of Architecture and Planning

Working Team Contributors

Bonnie Benton
Julie Carter, Rusty Nickel Coop
Jeff Goodwin
Heather Helman
Ted Schmidt
Anne Smith
Marilyn Sozanski, Family Promise of WNY, People’s Park,TriMain Development, Artfarms
Mary Stottele, Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and SOLE of Buffalo

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