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Weekly Resource Round-Up: April 26, 2022

This Week's Resources

If you have resources to share with our network, please contact Tobi Mojeed-Balogun our Associate Director of Programs Support.


NYS COVID Mandate Updates


A lot of the news around mandates and restrictions have been a little confusing so I will list some resources below that might help.

  • PIX11 COVID Updates - kind of NYC-centric but state information is sometimes included. Link here.

  • The relevant highlight is that the Justice Department plans to appeal the decision of the federal judge that struck down the federal mask mandate for planes and other public transportation. The MTA said they will follow CDC guidelines so they commuters must still mask for now.

  • NYS Department of Health COVID website - It's a one stop shop with an info summary at the top. Link here.

  • Federal COVID website - covid.gov - it's pretty bare bones but you can search your county and get COVID level

  • All of the counties in the diocese were low except for Westchester, Richmond (Staten Island) and New York (Manhattan) counties which were at medium level.

If you have any other resources, please feel free to share them with me so I can share them with everyone!


2022 Bulk Buy Application!


We are thrilled to announce that we will begin accepting proposals for our 2022 Bulk Buy Program! Bulk Buy allows us to aggregate food purchasing across the Diocese and means free high-quality food for EC programs. You can find our brief application form HERE! Please contact me (Tobi) with any questions or concerns.


Gubernatorial Forum on Hunger, Poverty, Food, and Economic Opportunity


"A coalition of 40 respected anti-hunger and food organizations is collaborating to organize this candidate forum, to give the candidates for Governor an opportunity to lay out their plans to address hunger and poverty in our state. Not only will voters and the media be able to watch the event virtually, they'll also be able to attend live watch parties at partner sites throughout the state.

This event will be moderated by Susan Arbetter and Errol Louis of Spectrum News. Interpretation will be available via zoom in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Urdu, American Sign Language (ASL)"

The link to register is here.


Full-Time Food Pantry Manager at Food of Life/Comida de Vida Food Pantry (St. Thomas - Amenia Union)


Our friends over at Food of Life/ Comida de Vida Food Pantry at St. Thomas of Amenia Union are looking for a new Food Pantry Manager. This is a full-time position. The job posting and description can be found here. If you have any questions, inquiries or recommendations, please contact Rev. AJ Stack at aj@stthomasamenia.com.


Volunteer and Program Coordinator at All Angels' Church Community Ministries


Our friends over at All Angels' Church is hoping to bring on a Interim Volunteer and Program Manager this summer and they would love any recommendations. The job description is linked here. If you have any questions, inquiries, or recommendations, please contact Rebecca Hampe at rhampe@allangelschurch.com.


Hudson Link Employer Toolkit


Our friends at Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison put together an employer toolkit for hiring formerly incarcerated people. Thank you to Sean Pica, Eldredge Blalock, Elisabeth Santiago, and the rest of the team at Hudson Link for this important resource. The toolkit can be found here.


Hudson Link will also be having their Spring Benefit on May 12, 2022. RSVP here if you're interested in attending!


Peer Defense Project Youth Punishment Educational Guide


The Peer Defense Project is a student-led group of students and legal professionals working to provide legal tools for students in New York. Towards that end they have created a political education guide with information about the history of the punishment of students in New York among other information. While EC does not endorse the political positions in the guide, the "know your rights" section can be a helpful resource for helping kids advocate for themselves both inside and out in the public school system. The link to the whole guide is here and the link to the "know your rights" section is here.


COVID isn’t over, but pandemic meal delivery for NYC seniors is coming to a close (Gothamist)


"Emergency meal delivery for seniors will end on June 30th, leaving clients to fend for themselves. Many will pivot back to indoor meals at senior centers, just as COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, driven by the highly transmissible BA.2 substrain of the omicron variant." The link to the full article is here.


Immigrants Need More Food Pantry Access in New York (Documented)


"The demand for food resources continues among immigrant communities, but closures of community run pantries have resulted in difficulty accessing food banks." The link to the full article is here.


Community Food Funders Newslink


Community Food Funders has opened up their newsletter to a wider audience (so not just food funders). "Each month, CFF compiles a newsletter with news, articles, reports, and events for those in our region interested in an equitable and sustainable food system." Highlights on this month's newsletter include:

  • Grant opportunities from CSPI - "Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI’s) first round of grantmaking for 2022 is now open. CSPI seeks to support communities as they explore local, state, and federal policy interventions to elicit systemic change and advance a just and equitable food environment."

  • Video: Remaking the Economy: Organizing for Black Food Sovereignty (Nonprofit Quarterly) - "Catch a replay of Nonprofit Quarterly's Remaking the Economy: Organizing for Black Food Sovereignty. In this webinar, leaders in the movement for Black food sovereignty discuss how that movement is being built, rooted in the gifts and talents from within the Black community, and anchored in a community vision."

  • plus loads more!

This month's newsletter hasn't been sent out yet but I will post highlights when (or rather if) I receive it. I will continue to include highlights from each month's newsletter on our weekly resource round-ups but if you would like to subscribe yourself, the link is here. The link to last month's newsletter is here and their archive is here.


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That's all for this week -- thanks for all you do!


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