The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together 500+ people who are leveraging the power of institutions to transform our food system. Join us for up to three exciting days of learning, sharing, exploring and connecting.
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to health care, farm to corrections as well as cross-sector themes.
Farm to Institution New England along with our partners Health Care Without Harm, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and UMass Amherst are pleased to bring you our third biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit, which will take place on April 2-4, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
New England Food for Our Health, Room 162-75
April 3, 2019 | 3:30pm-5:00pm
The connection between the public’s health and our broken food system is evident. The prevailing food system contributes significantly to poor health outcomes and high health care costs. Increasingly health care institutions and their partners are undertaking new efforts to integrate healthy food access into treatment, to address food insecurity and chronic conditions. The food is medicine approach offers potential for improving health outcomes by supporting healthier dietary patterns, reducing health care costs, and improving quality of life. These programs link patients and families to new sources of healthy food and meals, educate them on healthy eating, and connect to local food production. This session will explain the concept of food is medicine, share background on specific initiatives underway in New England (in both rural and urban settings), from the policy proposals to program implementation, and describe how these efforts align regional food system development work by improving food access and creating new markets for farmers. Topics to be discussed include the Massachusetts Food is Medicine statewide initiative, fruit and vegetable prescription programs, and medically tailored meals, and policy proposals.