USDA Hunger-Free Communities Planning and Assessment Grantee
Utica and its metropolitan statisical area (MSA) were identified in the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s 2009 “Mohawk Valley Regional Report” as one of the poorest of New York State’s cities. This fact is substantiated by Census 2000 results. 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. There will be three key stages undertaken by the grant applicants in fulfillment of the Model 1 Planning and Assessment activities of this USDA Hunger-Free Communities Grant. This proposal presumes that upon award of this USDA grant the first Stage ONE activity of the grantees will be to convene a Food Policy Working Group. This Working Group will establish preliminary goals, membership, and target outcomes for its first year of operation. It will serve as coordinator of Stage TWO research and associated outreach activities. At Stage THREE, the Food Policy Council will be formalized based upon the initial operations, methods, intentions, and membership of the Working Group. The processes of these developmental efforts will be inclusive and participatory, with the aim of building ownership for the project and implementation capacity amongst partners.