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Weekly Resource Round-Up: October 4, 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.

  • 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

  • NYS Vaccine Website - Immunocompromised and high-risk folks are eligible for more boosters. Check here to see the requirements.

  • Antiviral treatments are accessible to eligible people who are COVID-positive. Visit this link to learn more about eligibility and how to get access to antivirals like Paxlovid


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


Monkeypox Virus Information


As monkeypox continues to grab headlines, I have included some resources I found that might be helpful.

  • NYC Department of Health Monkeypox Webpage - lots of information and resources about the virus with pictures of the rash included. Find the link here.

  • NYC Monkeypox vaccine Scheduling Website - Link Here

  • Article on Monkeypox by Documented - "As monkeypox cases in New York City continue to rise, New Yorkers have inquired about this type of orthopoxvirus and how to get the vaccine. Here is what you need to know." (article will be updated as new info comes) - Read more here.

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.


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. If you have any questions about hiring formerly incarcerated people, please contact Elisabeth Santiago from Hudson Link's Alumni Services at esantiago@hudsonlink.org.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Biden-⁠Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health - The White House


"The Biden-Harris Administration envisions an America where no one wonders whether they will have enough money to put food on the table, where the healthy food choice is the easier choice, and where everyone has the same opportunity to be physically active. Transformative programs, policies, and system changes are needed within and outside government to achieve this vision. There is no silver bullet to address these complex issues, and there is no overnight fix. Making progress requires collective, sustained action and mobilization across every segment of society. That is why President Biden announced a goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases while reducing related health disparities." Read more here.


Changing course, mayor relocates Bronx ‘tent city’ to Randall’s Island - The Gothamist


"Following days of rain and criticism over accessibility, Mayor Eric Adams on Monday night announced that the city wouldn’t be moving forward with its plan to temporarily house asylum seekers in tents at Orchard Beach in the Bronx.

Instead, the tent facilities will be relocated to Randall’s Island, the mayor said in a press release.

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Chiefly among the complaints of the first of two relief centers is that the Orchard Park facility is inaccessible via public transportation, an issue likely to arise again at Randall’s Island, an area more commonly known for hosting music festivals.

Tucked between the Harlem River and East River, Randall’s Island can also prove to be just as inaccessible to many as Orchard Beach, requiring a subway ride and a bus to reach the location.

Similarly to Orchard Beach, Randall’s Island is also prone to flooding, according to the city’s official flood maps."


Read more here. If you're seeing an influx of migrants bused into the city at your program and need help or resources for them, please let me and Patrick know.


Exclusive: When will food prices come down? Sitting down with U.S. Agriculture Secretary - WHAM13


"WRGB — The United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack was touring in the Capital Region Tuesday as food prices and supply chain issues are top concerns for Americans right now.

CBS 6’s Anne McCloy sat down exclusively with Secretary Thomas Vilsack to ask the questions you want answered. Number one, when can we expect prices at the grocery store to get back to normal?" Read and watch more here.


New Report: Capturing the State of Food Access in NYC During COVID-19 Recovery - NYC Food Policy (Hunter College)


"Part of NY Food 2025, a collaboration between the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute." Read the report here.


Part-time Teacher at St. Ann's Afterschool Program


Our friends at St. Ann's Church in Morrisania, the Bronx are looking for a teacher for their after school program. If you want more information, know any good candidates, or have any suggestions contact Wendy Canas at canasw47@gmail.com. The job description can be found here.


Part-time Youth Advisor for Trinity Wall Street Youth Programs


Our friends over at Trinity Church Wall Street's Youth Programs are looking for a Youth Advisor to work part-time "[managing] logistics for a robust youth program focused on NYC Youth in the parish and wider neighborhood ranging in ages from 12 to 24. The Youth Advisor will monitor and supervise youth services and programs, including after school activities, retreats, exploratory trips, service learning, community development, leadership, athletics, and college readiness. In addition, they will be responsible for ensuring proper documentation, managing attendance, and maintaining safety standards." If you want more information or know any good candidates, or have any suggestions contact SK Doyle at SDoyle@trinitywallstreet.org. To apply, visit the job posting which is linked 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:


  • 2022 NASDA Annual Meeting - September 26 - 29 Saratoga Springs, NY - NASDA President and New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball invites you to attend the 2022 NASDA Annual Meeting, September 26 through September 29, in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement.

  • Participatory Grantmaking: How We Failed, and What We’re Learning, Shaena Johnson and Marni Rosen, The Kataly Foundation, Jul 21 2022

  • plus loads more!

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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