Hunger-free Communities


In early 2011
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, in partnership with Rust to Green (R2G) Utica, the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), and the City of Utica, received a $100,000 Hunger-free Communities (HFC) Grant from the US Department of Agriculture.  

There are three key stages to be undertaken in fulfillment of the grant:

  • Stage One:  Convening a Food Policy Council Working Group.  This Working Group will establish preliminary goals, membership and target outcomes for its first year of operation.
  • Stage Two:  The Food Policy Council Working Group will coordinate research and associated outreach activities.
  • Stage Three:  The Food Policy Council will be fomalized based upon the initial operations, methods, intentions, and membership of the Working Group.   


Primary deliverables for the project include an analysis of the extent and causes of hunger in the community, and a plan to achieve a hunger-free community within the Utica/Oneida County foodshed area.  


Mohawk Valley Food Action Network

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