The Poughkeepsie Plenty grassroots network recently collected survey responses from Poughkeepsie Mayoral and Common Council candidates to learn their stances on key issues related to food insecurity. Survey responses are available here and will be shared via our email list (click to subscribe), media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, and members will have hard copies at scheduled candidates’ forums (check the calendar below). The results are intended to inform voters of candidates’ thoughts on pressing issues facing the City of Poughkeepsie in advance of the primary election on September 10th.
All six Mayoral candidates, and 14 out of 17 of Common Council candidates, submitted responses before the survey deadline. Issues and questions were identified by community members via research and forums. Questions asked candidates to comment on how food insecurity undermines revitalization of our city; whether they would support a passage of a living wage ordinance and food security resolution; how they would support improved transportation, healthy food at corner stores, and the Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market (a mobile fresh produce store selling affordable items at several sites in the city), among others. See the news release issued when we announced the survey.
The Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations that have envisioned Poughkeepsie as a food city where everyone can secure, prepare, enjoy and benefit from healthy food.
We are working to organize our community and build a diverse movement for change to ensure the right for all residents of the City of Poughkeepsie to secure sufficient and nutritious food.
We facilitate a quarterly learning forum to ask questions about why things are the way they are and how we can work together to make change.
When we have ideas we want to explore we form working groups. Working groups plan and launch innovative projects, like a mobile farmers’ market. One working group is focused specifically on amplifying our collective voice to advocate for changes to policy that can address food insecurity.
This is the first step. By registering on the website, you can stay informed of happenings by email, post a blog entry (see Pass Along) or event (see Show Up) and request to join a Working Group (see Join In).
What have you encountered lately that will add to our learning? Share it on the community blog.
We facilitate learning forums and General Membership meeting every quarter. In between, we meet in Working Groups to further our efforts and sometimes hold other events. Check our calendar to know when and where to be. Post your event related to our food city vision.
Working Groups are different groups focused on supporting good policy and launching specific projects in relation to Poughkeepsie Plenty’s mission. Each group is comprised of committed volunteers, including a convener, that work together to realize results.
There are other ways to be involved, from helping with event set up and clean up to doing outreach to making a donation. Find more out about current opportunities to give time or money.
We had a great learning forum on February 6, 2014! We called it Change Circles: Connecting Our Food Stories with Action. Using the Food Equality Newspaper in 7 small groups, nearly 60 people shared stories and ideas for more than an hour. The session was very connecting and energizing! All the working groups gained new […]
NEW PALTZ – The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at the State University of New York at New Paltz has released its eleventh discussion brief titled “Poughkeepsie Plenty: A Community Food Assessment.” Authored by KT Tobin and Joshua Simons of CRREO, Leonard Nevarez, professor of urban studies at Vassar College, and Susan Grove, coordinator […]
Poughkeepsie Plenty has a new tool, available in print and online! The Food Equality newspaper presents food justice definitions, City of Poughkeepsie stats, comic strips of Poughkeepsie Food Stories, visions for change and a worksheet to plot steps to get there in a large format that can be displayed as a poster or used as […]
The Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition facilitated a learning forum on school food on Nov. 7 at the Mid Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie. The forum’s goal was to consider how school food can be more effective in aiding on the health and learning of students. The panel included Janet Poppendieck, a nationally known sociologist and […]
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Brian Riddell and Susan Grove visited with Stiles Najac, Coordinator of the Glean Mobile operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. Here’s what they learned about the program. Where do you glean from? We get about 80% from farmers after they have exhausted market opportunities and 20% by mobilizing volunteers […]