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Established in 2019, the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA) is an independent food council in Central New York serving the city of Syracuse and surrounding Onondaga County.

The overarching goal of the SOFSA partnership is to serve as both a network of food system stakeholders as well as a catalyst for collaboration among diverse partners. SOFSA engages across sectors to advance projects, build linkages, and foster relationships that enhance the livelihoods of all partners. The partnership aims to ensure the long-term viability and vitality of the region’s agricultural sector while simultaneously increasing access to healthy food and reducing the prevalence of food insecurity within the county.

Learn more about SOFSA:

SOFSA Advisory Board

Brandy Colebrook

Agriculture Program Director,
Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment(RISE)

LaToya Jones

Nurse & Regional Healthcare Organizer
Healthcare Education Project Syracuse

David Knapp

Chairman, Onondaga County Legislature
Co-Chair, Onondaga Agriculture Council

Jessi Lyons

Farm Coordinator,
Brady Farm

Peter Ricardo

Product Donations Manager,
Food Bank of Central New York

Jonnell Robinson

Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University; Advisory Board Member, Syracuse Grows

Rachel Viens

Director of Food & Nutrition Services,
Syracuse City School District

Curtis Waterman

Natural Resources Subsistence Manager
Onondaga Nation Farm


Maura Ackerman

Steve Ali

Project Coordinator

SOFSA Members

Allyn Family Foundation
American Heart Association
Brady Farm
CenterState CEO
Food Bank of Central New York
Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY
Onondaga County Agriculture Council
Onondaga County Health Department
Onondaga County Legislature
Onondaga Nation Farm
Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) Syracuse

Salt City Harvest Farm
St. Joseph’s Health
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse City School District – Food & Nutrition Services
Syracuse Grows
Syracuse University – Falk College Department of Nutrition & Food Studies
Syracuse University – Maxwell School Department of Geography
Transforming Communities Initiative Syracuse
United Way of Central New York
Upstate Medical University


Remembering Evan Weissman (1978–2020)

Advocate, Educator, Justice-Seeker

Evan Weissman was a driving force behind the formation of SOFSA and a tireless advocate for building a thriving food system in Onondaga County. Our partnership’s ongoing work to fulfill this vision is just one of the many pieces of the enduring legacy of the life Evan lived and the values he held so deeply. We will be forever grateful for his many contributions to the cause of food justice in Syracuse and well beyond its borders.

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