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CCFSA Newsletter-Spring 2022 Update

Read on to meet our new Leadership Council Chair and members, read updates from our partner organizations, and view upcoming events.

Announcing Our New CCFSA Leadership Council Chair

We are happy to announce our new CCFSA Leadership Council Chair, Diana Dellinger!
Diana and her husband have been residents of the Cumberland Valley for 10 years. They love the history, outdoor recreation, and the people that live in the Cumberland Valley. They feel lucky to be able to live and work in is such a wonderful place.

Diana graduated from Penn State with a degree in Environmental Resource Management and a degree in Soil Science. She has worked for the USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service for 18 years helping farmers and forestland owners implement best management practices on their land that benefit soil and water quality.

Diana started volunteering with Project SHARE in 2019 and currently helps with their Community Cooking classes. She has a passion for helping people and values the importance of food in our community, whether it’s working with farmers or helping people learn how to cook new dishes!

Diana looks forwarding to continuing the good work of CCFSA to support a more sustainable and equitable food system for the region.
New CCFSA Leadership Council Members
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Andrews and Emma Witwer recently joined the CCFSA Leadership Council. 

Patrick Andrews is the Chief of the Agricultural Marketing Division at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, where he supervises the PA Preferred® program; manages the agricultural marketing and research boards; and coordinates statewide farm to school programming and support.

Patrick’s work in Pennsylvania’s food systems began in 2010 when, after 20 years of restaurant management, he decided to open his own Farm to Table restaurant in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. There, he developed a network of local farmers to form his supply chain. Subsequently in 2015, Patrick built a farm to school food hub at the Northern York County School District where he recruited ten school districts to join in making purchases directly from local farmers. 

Patrick attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2019, he graduated from Penn State’s Rural Urban Leadership Program (RULE). Patrick also holds Food Safety Certifications from USDA’s Produce Safety University, The Food Safety Alliance, and ServSafe.
Emma Witwer is the Nutrition Coordinator at Project SHARE, a food pantry in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for providing nutrition education, implementing SWAP (Supporting Wellness At Pantries) nutrient analysis for the pantry’s inventory and coordinating the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, among other initiatives.
Emma is a Registered Dietitian, earning her B.S. in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology (2015) and completing an accredited dietetic internship from Penn State University (2016). Prior to working at Project SHARE, Emma worked as a corporate wellness dietitian. Born and raised in Ireland, Emma moved to Pennsylvania at age 10. Away from SHARE, Emma can be found hiking, reading or sharing a meal with friends and family.
Cumberland County Food System Assessment 2.0
We are excited to announce that Dr. Heather Bedi, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Dickinson College, has received funding to create a 2.0 version of the Cumberland County Food Systems Assessment.
Students in Dr. Bedi’s Environmental Studies and Food Studies courses at Dickinson College initially researched and wrote the Food Access and Poverty story map of Cumberland County in 2018. The map aimed to inform and enhance community food planning in the county. While the 2018 report has been a guiding force and resource, the data is now outdated and the impact of COVID-19 and its many variants has altered the landscape of our food system and the scope of food insecurity. The Cumberland County Food System Alliance strives to be a comprehensive resource for community stakeholders and through our website, we aim to be a repository of real and relevant information pertaining to the many components of our local food system. As such, the CCFSA has recently activated a Data and Assessment Work Group that is interested in exploring the breadth of food system related data so that we can have a better picture and understanding of the true ‘food’ conditions in our community. Conversations within this work group have underscored the need for more accurate, real-time data and the prospect of a 2.0 Cumberland County Food Systems Assessment aligns with the work group’s priorities. We are happy to partner with Dr. Bedi on the next version of the food system assessment.
Call to Action:

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) along with 50 of their colleagues introduced S. 3979, the “Support Kids Not Red Tape” Act to extend pandemic child nutrition waivers through September 2023. You can show your support by signing this petition:

It will take less than a minute to fill out, and it will be sent directly to your appropriate representatives based on the zip code you provide.
Sign the Petition

We are proud to announce that the Cumberland County Food System Alliance is now on LinkedIn. Be sure to connect with us there and invite your colleagues or friends who may be interested. We hope to increase our followers to provide additional networking opportunities.

Connect with us on LinkedIn
Partner Organization Updates
Current Events
Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC) Community Conference Call
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 11:00 am on Zoom
SCRC facilitates a community conference call the first and third Tuesday of each month to address changes in programs, gaps in services, and problem-solving as a community to fill in those gaps. If you are a human service provider, teacher or professor, concerned community member, religious organization, or would like to find out more, please join the call!

Project SHARE of Carlisle Summer Feeding Program for Kids
Fridays June 10th-August 12, 9 am-11 am at 3 locations:
  • Project SHARE headquarters at 5 North Orange Street
  • Back parking lot of Amelia Givin Library in Mt. Holly Springs and,
  • Plainfield First Church of God
Shippensburg Bloom Fest
Saturday, June 11, 2022 9 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine
The 7th annual Bloom Fest will be held in downtown Shippensburg. More information is available on the festival website.
Stay Connected

Many thanks to our partners for helping build a local food system that supports healthy and resilient communities. Please let us know if you have project highlights, updates, or resources to share!

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