Saturday, August 1, 2009

FoodprintNYC

"Dear CSA Core Members,

On June 30th, Resolution 2049—also known as FoodprintNYC resolution—was introduced to the New York City Council by member Bill de Blasio, and calls for a citywide initiative designed to lessen the impact the City’s food choices have on climate change through the launch of a public awareness campaign and resource mobilization to create greater access to local, fresh, healthy food, especially in low-income communities and city run institutions.  This includes setting targets for expanding institutional purchasing of local and preferably organic food and supporting the growth of urban agriculture. 

Currently, the Council Member where your CSA distribution site is located is not signed on for FoodprintNYC; however, you can change that!  We would like to ask that you make information on FoodprintNYC available to your members.  Below are a few ways to do this.

As a CSA core member, you can

  • Inform your members on the resolution and include a link to the FoodprintNYC webpage in your weekly CSA newsletter or CSA webpage (http://www.foodprintusa.org/new-york-city.html).  If you receive the JustFood CSA newsletter, you can easily take our informational blurb from last week and insert it into your own newsletter!  If you don’t receive our newsletter, you can email us and let us know you would like to be added to our mailing list or sign up online (http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001uV3jnccU8bapx-pko659hg%3D%3D).
  • Schedule a CSA call-in day – if everyone calls in on the same day, it will be more affective and would be a great community-building event.  Below is a script that can be used when calling your Council Member, as taken from the foodprintUSA webpage:

“Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent.
 
 I live at/in ___________ (give street address or neighborhood so they know you are a constituent).
 
I'm calling to urge Council Member _______ to support Resolution 2049 calling for FoodprintNYC.”


  • Don’t have a webpage or newsletter yet?  Make an announcement at your CSA distribution site.  As members walk in, you can encourage them to call their Council Member before they leave distribution.  If you provide them with the telephone number and the script above, it will be quick and easy

Would you like more information on FoodprintNYC that is not listed on the FoodprintUSA webpage?  Contact Nadia at Nadia@justfood.org

Thank You!

Sincerely,

Paula and Wen-Jay"

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