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January-February 2017

President's Column
by Patty Fitzgerald
Editor, School Nutrition

Grandma had many enduring wisdoms that I picked up in my youth. There had to be "enough blue to make a Dutchman’s britches” to feel confident of the imminent clearing of a cloudy sky. I learned that if "wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” and feared for the sustainable trade of the nation’s tinkers should "’ifs’ and ‘ands’ be pots and pans.” I was also taught that the Chinese had an ancient curse: "May you live in interesting times.”
              Life here in my Washington, D.C., hometown is certainly "interesting” these days. And IFEC life is about to get rather "interesting,” as well. In late January, our beloved longtime executive director Carol Lally informed me of her intention to step down from that role when her current contract ends at the end of July.
              Carol’s message to the membership follows. Mine is short and sweet this month. I want to assure you that despite a brief period of personal panicked Chicken Little hand-wringing, I know we will all get through this. Most of us have only known Carol’s assured leadership. It is beyond difficult to imagine IFEC without her at the helm. But of those veterans who remember the Betty Bastion era, I suspect they, too, could not imagine IFEC going on when she elected to retire and pass the baton onto Carol. Yet here we are, 25 years later.
             I will be chairing a Selection Committee that will work with Carol, the Executive Committee and the IFEC Board in various ways to manage the search and, eventually, the transition process. And Carol will always, ALWAYS, be a cherished member of the IFEC family. I’ll share more of my reflections on Carol’s leadership and friendship in a future column and keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to her directly with your unique expressions of anguished congratulations and to either of us with any questions about next steps.

~ Patty

Hi IFECers,
Thank you for your kind words, Patty. I want to say how grateful I am to have had the privilege of working with all of you amazing people for the past 25 years. I’ve always thought that IFECers are the best and brightest people around. If that’s magical thinking, you have only yourselves to blame. When the time comes to change my email address, I know I’m going to miss you very much. Is there life after IFEC?  I’m counting on it!  After the tears dry, I plan to discard my old spices, clean out my basement and switch my shingle to Food & Communications Services. But that’s still almost six months away. In the meantime, it’s business as usual here in the IFEC office.
~ Carol


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News Release Archives
News for immediate release
October 26, 2016

Announcing the recipients of the inaugural Food for Good awards

Three Twin Cities nonprofits honored for their transformative food programs

Hyde, Park, NY -- The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) and Smucker Foodservice announce the recipients of IFEC’s inaugural Food For Good award. The recognition, sponsored by Smucker Foodservice, was designed to shine light on grass-root organizations, in the cities where IFEC’s annual conference is held, who are bringing good to local communities through innovative programs involving food. This year’s recipients were selected from Minneapolis, the host city for this year’s annual conference. Local organizations in IFEC conference cities will continue to be recognized in years to come.

The inaugural recipients are three organizations changing not only the lives of individuals, but the communities in which they reside. Each received a $1,000 donation from Smucker Foodservice along with a limited edition original block print by octogenarian and life-long community activist artist Diana Bower. The awards were presented on October 26, 2016 in Minneapolis to these amazing organizations:

Cookie Cart (www.cookiecart.org) is a unique earn-as-you-learn program that offers teens from low-income communities of color the chance to gain employment experience, job-readiness skills, and proficiency certification, while earning a modest wage. The group’s mission is to provide teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills.

Dream of Wild Health (www.dreamofwildhealth.org) was established to help indigenous American populations reclaim physical, spiritual and mental health through programs that teach ancestral ways of growing food and living healthier lives. The organization operates a 10-acre organic farm that provides education programs for adults and children, teaching business skills to those in the program by selling at local farmer’s markets; a summer farming apprentice program for Native American teens; and a youth leadership program that teaches advocacy for reconnection with food. Dream of Wild Health also collects and preserves more than 300 varieties of indigenous seeds, offering cooking classes to educate students on working with indigenous foods.

The Minnesota Food Association’s (www.mnfoodassociation.org) mission is to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through education, training and partnerships. The group endeavors to provide those in immigrant and minority populations, who have a desire to farm, the tools, knowledge and resources necessary to achieve that goal. In doing so, the organization broadly supports the Twin Cities by producing more organic, sustainable local foods.

"Food is a powerful agent for change, as the recipients of this award so ably demonstrate,” said Cathy Holley, IFEC president. "Each of them touches lives in meaningful ways. We are honored to share their stories with everyone who cares about food and community and are thrilled to have Smucker Foodservice as our inaugural sponsor.”

For questions and more information, contact Carol Lally, Executive Director, ifec@ifeconline.com, 845-229-6973.


In the news in 2016

1. New officers elected

President Patty Fitzgerald, School Nutrition magazine
Vice President Megan Bykowski, Stephan & Brady
Secretary Katie Ayoub, Flavor & The Menu magazine
Treasurer Kathleen Stoehr, Catersource magazine

2. New board members elected

Amber Hensley, The Alchemedia Project
Michael Holleman, InHarvest
Tom O'Brien, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine
Doug Peckenpaugh, BNP media

3. IFEC’s highest honors awarded
The Betty
Abbie Westra of CSP Media, received The 2016 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award, aka The Betty, for her many contributions to IFEC during her years as a member.

The TerrIFECer
QSR Editor Sam Oches took home The TerrIFECer for making a positive impact during a relatively short time as a member.