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Does Your Communication Strategy Have GAME?

What's the difference between a dream and a goal? A plan. Learn the first steps in developing an effective communications plan--being clear about what you're trying to accomplish and who can help you achieve your goals. Participants will leave with a working GAME (Goals, Audience, Message, Engagement) Plan to put to work immediately and jump-start or reboot communications efforts.

 

How to Be a Better Friend Online

Become a better friend to your followers! Learn easy, scrappy ways to boost your social media presence, engage your community, and create posts you’d want to read and share. You’ll walk away with new strategies, technical know-how, and the inspiration you need to tap back into your social media muse.

 

Demystifying Storytelling: Empower the People You Serve by Helping Them Find Their Voice

Storytelling is a hot buzz word in the non-profit sector, but what does it mean and how can you use it? This workshop will teach you how to foster a culture of storytelling at your organization by empowering staff and clients. Learn from client advocates and peers about how they successfully teach and use storytelling framework to move the needle on hunger. You will also have the opportunity to share and workshop your own story.

 

Meet the Reporters 

Join a discussion with KQED's politics reporter, Marisa Lagos, and Los Angeles Times’s Sacramento Bureau Chief, John Myers, about how the news environment is changing, how nonprofits can effectively build meaningful relationships with members of the media, and how advocates can best communicate their message to the public.

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Money Does Grow on Trees

We are all dealing with exciting new opportunities to make long term impacts on health and food security. These ‘shorten the line’ strategies require a fresh approach to fundraising. Find out what’s working and how you can make it work for you.

 

Trends in Foundation Giving

What do foundations look for in food bank partners? Learn from several foundations that are funding multiple food banks via trust-based grant making: a new, grantee-centric approach that involves deeply listening to and learning about potential grantees, and then, when possible, providing multi-year general operating support grants instead of restricted ones. Hear how these foundations are practicing a variety of trust-based grantmaking strategies and learn how to cultivate successful partnerships with these types of funders.

 

Fundraising on a Shoestring: A Roundtable Discussion

Are you trying to fundraise with a department of one or two? Does your executive director also wear the development director hat? If so, you’re not alone! You may feel like your daily to-do list has no end in sight and you don’t have enough resources to meet your targets. Join with other food banks to uncover creative ways to fundraise despite being understaffed and share challenges you’ve faced and strategies you’ve found to overcome them.

 

So You Want to Start a Capital Campaign?

Need an upgrade to meet growing demand? Hear the why’s and how’s of preparing for a capital campaign effort. This session will cover how a campaign impacts your organization, campaign timelines, board and staff roles, donor/campaign pyramids, case for support, and how to build out your campaign structure. Ostara Group Founder and CEO Kyle Halmrast, who has experience working with nonprofits of all sizes (including food banks), will be joined by food banks who have undertaken capital campaigns.

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Overcoming Barriers to Establishing Healthier Food Pantries

Interested in nutrition education that prioritizes client choice and health? Combining best-practices strategies from public health nutrition, consumer behavioral economics, policy development, and food resource management, this workshop will share stories from the field and resources developed from the Nutrition Pantry Program.

 

Improving Outcomes through Food Bank – Health Care Partnerships

Is your goal to improve client outcomes in health and food security? Review hunger and health research, discuss Feeding America's approach to health/nutrition and key opportunities for hunger-relief agencies when engaging in health promotion and healthcare partnership work, and explore examples of work in this field, such as distributing healthy food packages to clients living with diabetes and community clinics implementing food insecurity screening and referral programs.

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Using Data to Drive Innovation: Creative Data Opportunities Across the Food Bank

Examine cutting-edge tools for food banks to integrate data across the organization. Topics include client data tracking, need visualization maps, resources and gaps, and hunger and health-based evidence building.

 

Don't Call It Food Waste!

Does "food waste" leave you excited or leftover with frustration? Learn about potential funding opportunities, understand the latest rules and regulations, and hear innovative solutions from CAFB members.

 

Partner Engagement Program – a Holistic Approach to Agency Segmentation

Curious about expanding agency capacity through segmentation? Grouping agencies into different levels could be a game changer. Discover Alameda County Community Food Bank’s innovative approach: Partner Engagement Program, a comprehensive initiative to better understand the capabilities and needs of the agency network and identify opportunities to strengthen the network’s collective ability to serve the community.

 

Addressing Student Hunger in Higher Education

Educate yourself about student hunger through a convening of representatives from California public higher education and other key stakeholders. Learn A) the most up-to-date research on college and university student food security; B) public policies that shape student hunger and nutrition; C) promising practices for best serving students’ basic needs that support student health and success; and, D) how your food bank can get involved and pursue partnerships with institutions of higher learning.

 

An Equitable Approach to Food Banking: How to Build Access, Opportunity and Advancement Inside and Out

Much of what brings clients to food banks is a direct result of an inequitable system, but what are we doing enough to foster and support our equity lens? Learn from the experience of Megan Newell-Ching of the Oregon Food Bank who will describe her food bank's journey of identifying equity as a priority, the steps they took to usher this work into their daily work plan, and how they remain committed to the ongoing process.

 

Implicit Bias, Decision Making and Client Service

Recent advances in cognitive science provide a new understanding of how bias is formed in our brains and how it manifests in our lives. This workshop will help you become mindful of your bias by using your brain’s plasticity to check associations and resist automatic responses that might lead to inequitable service. By understanding your brain’s functions you will be able to advance your service, advocacy, and outreach.

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Tour Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Warehouse

Visit the state-of-the-art operations of the Sacramento Food Bank during a three-hour, in-depth tour of the 110,000 square foot warehouse. See how the food bank has created innovative methods to store and distribute food throughout the community. Participants are provided transportation to and from the conference. This free workshop requires pre-registration, as space is limited. RSVP here.

 

Bridging the Gap Between Farms and Food Banks : Farm to Family Food Solicitors Share their Strategies

Travel the path from farm to food bank to family. Sit down with the panel of Farm to Family solicitors, who focus on securing donations of produce and protein for food banks. Learn the best strategies for making the most of the offerings.

 

A Versatile and Inexpensive Food Inventory Management Solution for Small and Medium Food Banks

Finding and implementing a cost-effective and adaptable food inventory management system in a small to medium food bank environment is challenging. Karen Asbury, Inventory Database Manager at Food for People, discusses the process of identifying the key needs and desired end results of an effective food tracking system across multiple programs. She will explore why Fishbowl Inventory offered the necessary solution and how Food for People proceeded to choose and implement the Fishbowl Inventory Management System.

 

Don't Call It Food Waste!

Does "food waste" leave you excited or leftover with frustration? Learn about potential funding opportunities, understand the latest rules and regulations, and hear innovative solutions from CAFB members.

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How to Address Potential Federal Government Action on Immigration at Your Food Bank or Agency

The current climate of uncertainty and fear in many communities has clients and staff with many questions about immigration and how it relates to our work. Come hear first from a national expert on immigration public benefit law on the rules – including what has and has not changed – and best practices for your organization and the clients you serve. Then, hear from a peer food bank on resources and information they use to help inform and serve the community.

 

Using Data to Drive Innovation: Creative Data Opportunities Across the Food Bank

Examine cutting-edge tools for food banks to integrate data across the organization. Topics include client data tracking, need visualization maps, resources and gaps, and hunger and health-based evidence building.

 

Understanding the Federal Landscape: Food Access in the Farm Bill, the Budget & Beyond

Expand your horizons via a closer look at Washington. Hear valuable perspectives on 1) The latest from DC and what it means for California, as shared by leading national advocates and 2) When and how our allies from other sectors hope to include SNAP in their Farm Bill efforts.

 

Effective State Advocacy from the Capitol: An Insider's Perspective

Ready to inspire and renew advocacy engagement? Get first-hand advice on how best to achieve anti-hunger policy priorities from the staff who receive these requests. Plus, learn the latest on the state budget and policy dynamics.

 

CalFresh at the County Level: County Advocacy Program

The County Advocates Program has made tremendous gains in the past two years. Hear the latest on county-level administrative advocacy opportunities, connect with other CAP advocates, and learn how the network is evolving to address federal threats while still seeking to make administrative gains in our county-administered CalFresh system.

 

Building Network Advocacy Capacity - Linking Members Across the State

Be part of something bigger! Cultivate partnerships with fellow CAFB members looking to join forces and maximize impact on state and federal policy. Small and/or remote food banks can discuss their needs and barriers to engaging on policy. Larger food banks will learn how to extend their capacity to districts where efforts can make a critical difference.

 

The Anti-Hunger Value of the Safety Net

"Shorten the line" for clients who receive food bank services but ultimately seek pathways out of poverty. Hear from experts across the social safety net regarding opportunities and threats that exist on the spectrum of programs frequently accessed by food bank clients.

 

Demystifying Storytelling: Empower the People You Serve by Helping Them Find Their Voice

Storytelling is a hot buzz word in the non-profit sector, but what does it mean and how can you use it? This workshop will teach you how to foster a culture of storytelling at your organization by empowering staff and clients. Learn from client advocates and peers about how they successfully teach and use storytelling framework to move the needle on hunger. You will also have the opportunity to share and workshop your own story.

Back to the top 

 

Using Data to Drive Innovation: Creative Data Opportunities Across the Food Bank

Examine cutting-edge tools for food banks to integrate data across the organization. Topics include client data tracking, need visualization maps, resources and gaps, and hunger and health-based evidence building.

 

Overcoming Barriers to Establishing Healthier Food Pantries

Interested in nutrition education that prioritizes client choice and health? Combining best-practices strategies from public health nutrition, consumer behavioral economics, policy development, and food resource management, this workshop will share stories from the field and resources developed from the Nutrition Pantry Program.

 

Improving Outcomes through Food Bank – Health Care Partnerships

Is your goal to improve client outcomes in health and food security? Review hunger and health research, discuss Feeding America's approach to health/nutrition and key opportunities for hunger-relief agencies when engaging in health promotion and healthcare partnership work, and explore examples of work in this field, such as distributing healthy food packages to clients living with diabetes and community clinics implementing food insecurity screening and referral programs.

 

Partner Engagement Program – a Holistic Approach to Agency Segmentation

Curious about expanding agency capacity through segmentation? Grouping agencies into different levels could be a game changer. Discover Alameda County Community Food Bank’s innovative approach: Partner Engagement Program, a comprehensive initiative to better understand the capabilities and needs of the agency network and identify opportunities to strengthen the network’s collective ability to serve the community.

 

CalFresh Outreach: You Can Do It! Creative Strategies to Match Your Food Bank’s Capacity

Would you like to connect your clients to CalFresh but are unsure if you have the capacity? Join us to hear from a panel of peers and their innovative ideas and diverse outreach programs. Learn about the different ways you might be able to incorporate CalFresh outreach based on your food bank’s capacity.

 

Addressing Student Hunger in Higher Education

Educate yourself about student hunger through a convening of representatives from California public higher education and other key stakeholders. Learn A) the most up-to-date research on college and university student food security; B) public policies that shape student hunger and nutrition; C) promising practices for best serving students’ basic needs that support student health and success; and, D) how your food bank can get involved and pursue partnerships with institutions of higher learning.

 

Secrets of Sustainable Volunteer Programs: A Framework to Evaluate Your program and Make it Stronger

How does your volunteer program stack up? Join us as we explore the key structural components of sustainable volunteer programs. Utilize the CalSERVES free, comprehensive, practical assessment to evaluate your program and - even better - identify steps to make your volunteers’ efforts more effective.  Learn how food banks can host CalSERVES AmeriCorps members to build volunteer program capacity. Whether your program is new or seasoned, large or small – you’ll walk away with a strategy to strengthen your work.

 

An Equitable Approach to Food Banking: How to Build Access, Opportunity and Advancement Inside and Out

Much of what brings clients to food banks is a direct result of an inequitable system, but what are we doing enough to foster and support our equity lens? Learn from the experience of Megan Newell-Ching of the Oregon Food Bank who will describe her food bank's journey of identifying equity as a priority, the steps they took to usher this work into their daily work plan, and how they remain committed to the ongoing process.

 

Implicit Bias, Decision Making and Client Service

Recent advances in cognitive science provide a new understanding of how bias is formed in our brains and how it manifests in our lives. This workshop will help you become mindful of your bias by using your brain’s plasticity to check associations and resist automatic responses that might lead to inequitable service. By understanding your brain’s functions you will be able to advance your service, advocacy, and outreach.

Back to the top