Just Lead Event

By Dabreon Darby, @DabreonDarby

The Just Lead event which took place at the Burchfield Penny Art Center on Elmwood at 5pm last Wednesday was riveting. There was a presentation by Bernard Rice & Dillon Hill on school lunches in the Buffalo Public Schools. These two youth leaders voiced their opinions and their peer’s opinions on Buffalo Public School lunches in front of representatives from Buffalo's public schools, the Food Service Director Bridget O'Brien Wood, and advocates for healthier local food school lunches.

Then came the presentation by a long-time MAP and Western New York Community Supported Agriculture proponent, and leader farmer Dan Oles.  He was the Master of Ceremonies for the Just Lead event presenting on his opinions for fresh local grown food incorporated into the Buffalo Public School lunch systems.

Lastly came the perspective of the Buffalo Public Schools by Bridget O'Brien Wood.  Ms. O'Brien Wood is trying to work with the youth leaders and advocates for healthier school lunches by finding a common solution, but her job is much harder than that.  She's not an insensitive Buffalo leader who is ambiguous to policies, but she has to answer to people more powerful than her (the USDA) who puts restrictions and regulations on the school lunches which makes her job harder.  Her commitment to finding a solution to their problem is well-received and well-noted.

Memorable Info Tables

The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council was there, their yogurt and side options were delicious.
The Modern Corporation table was fascinating in it's description on it's business. For more info about Modern go to http://moderncorporation.com/.

The MAP table also had its fair share of visitors. When visitors answered a MAP questionnaire, they received a bottle of the famous Raspberry Apple Vinaigrette. There were also many other colleges and businesses there as well for more information please go to the websites below or emails:


2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit on October 23rd and October 24th

"The Personal Is Political" - Carol Hanisch 1969

What's the Food Policy Summit all about?

Whether we like it or not, policies affect every area of our lives, even the food we eat.

Policies can make sure that our kids have fresh greens, lean meat and whole grains on their school cafeteria trays.  Policies can bar or encourage food trucks in a city or offer support to immigrants and refugees starting-up international restaurants in our communities.  Policies can also support small farms in connecting with more markets.  In short, policies can affect what goes on our plates and in to our stomachs!

That's why Massachusetts Avenue Project and our partners at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities - Buffalo Partnership are excited about the newly formed Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County.  We're so excited we are co-hosting a huge event that's going to take place over the next couple of days, and we're inviting you, the public, and policymakers to learn about the Food Policy Council and get involved to make changes to food policy that can really get our region eating healthier, more local, and therefore boosting our local economy.

Visit the website

The 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit features the following six events in two days:

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
  • 8:15 AM - Policymaker Summit (Invitation-Only)
  • 2:00 PM - Food Systems Planning & Policy Training Workshop
  • 6:30 PM - “A Place at the Table” Screening & Panel Discussion
Visit the website

For more information about the 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit, visit the website at http://hkhcbuffalo.org/2nd-buffalo-food-policy-summit/.  We hope to see you there!