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Below are the details of confirmed workshops for the Food ACCESS Conference. This page will be updated regularly as workshops are added until Monday, September 19, 2022 — which is the deadline to register for the conference. At that time, all registered attendees will be provided access to our conference mobile app with full details on the schedule, speakers, and workshops.
|Women in Operations|
|Rural & Remote Discussion Group Kickoff|
|From Language Access to Language Justice|
|Nourished Communities: Challenges & Successes in Creating Community-Centered Food Programs in Affordable Housing Communities|
|Building Value with Donors – Being Nice Isn’t Enough|
|Lived Experience & Equity Centered Community Advocacy Program|
|From Fields to Food Banks – A Look at the Fresh Produce Industry|
|Ending Hunger Will Take Coalitions, Partners, and a Focus on Ending Poverty|
|Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue|
|Addressing Food Access Disparities with Mobile Farmers’ Market|
|Understanding What Drives a Person to Give|
|Hands-On Service Project|
|Save Energy & Money with Resources from PG&E|
|Presentation by Allworth Financial|
|Streamlining Finance & Remaining Nimble During Fluctuations|
|From Language Access to Language Justice|
|Debunking the Myth that Hunger is a Result of Food Scarcity|
|Trauma-Informed Food Banking|
|Using Technology to Inform Clients, Empower Agency Networks, & Make Data Informed Decisions|
|Making History in California with School Meals for All|
|Farmworker Food Access|
|Communicating with Equity & Inclusion|
|Sourcing Food from Small, Local, & BIPOC Farms|
|Utilizing Available Resources (State & Federal)|
|Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue|
|From Charity to Solidarity: Agroecology & Food Sovereignty Efforts in Fresno & Tulare Counties|
|Community-Centered Strategies to Increase Access to Food Assistance Resources|
|Examining Equity in Network Distributions|
|The Future of Food Banking|
|Centering College Students in Ending Poverty and Ensuring Basic Needs|
|Building on the success of CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients|
|Finance / HR / Administration|
|Policy / Advocacy|
|Volunteer / Development / Communications|
Food ACCESS workshops will be aligned with one or more of the following “Tracks,” or general topics:
|🟥 Equity & Inclusion|
⬛ Public Policy
Nourished Communities: Challenges & Successes in Creating Community-Centered Food Programs in Affordable Housing Communities
Mixed income housing communities pose both a unique challenge as well as opportunity for food security efforts. Learn how this program was developed, the impact of local partnerships, and how we assessed our work. Panelists will provide stories from the field and engage participants in provocative questions about the role of charitable food recipients and community partnerships in program design.
Building Value with Donors: Being Nice Isn’t Enough
Support of your organization is not a one-way street where you cultivate the donor, make the ask and bank the cash. It can also be a fair exchange, where you provide the donor with practical value from the relationship in terms of education, social interaction and shared activities. What are you offering your major donors to build this deeper ‘two-way’ relationship? In this practical and interactive workshop, attendees will consider a range of approaches and decide what will work for them.
Lived Experience and Equity Centered Community Advocacy Program
We will detail our advocacy program, how it is structured and operates, and then transition to a panel discussion with our community advocates.
Trauma-Informed Food Banking
The journey to becoming a trauma-informed organization begins with curiosity, conversation, and humility. At Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, we embarked on this journey to become trauma-informed during the pandemic and discovered new ways of working together that support community resiliency. Join us for inspiration on starting your own journey towards creating healing practices at your food bank.
Debunking the Myth That Hunger is a Result of Food Scarcity
Hunger does not exist because there is a scarcity of food. Come explore the true reason for why people are hungry and how reframing the cause of hunger points to new, transformational ways to solve it. When we shift to understanding hunger as a symptom of larger systemic inequities, especially due to systemic racism, it opens opportunities to address these inequities head on, while at the same time allowing us to connect to other parts of our food and farming system that suffer from the same intentionally inequitable design. Our current food supply chain does not serve BIPOC communities, nor BIPOC and small farmers and farmworkers and this is all directly related to why hunger exists and persists. Through this systemic perspective we are able to build stronger partnerships, policies and power to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food.
From Charity to Solidarity: Agroecology & Food Sovereignty Efforts in Fresno and Tulare Counties
A presentation on FoodLink’s collaborative systemic efforts to bring a network of Agroecology Centers to Fresno and Tulare Counties, led by women of color, to provide access to resources, training, and education for BIPOC residents and local, small farmers.
Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue
This session will explore why African-American communities are disproportionately impacted by hunger in the U.S. Attendees will learn about racial disparities in food security status and participate in the Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation — providing a deeper understanding of structural inequality.
From Language Access to Language Justice
Bridging Voices Uniendo Voces will share knowledge of language access and language justice, and skills and best practices in ways that will allow attendees to better outreach and connect with their communities in accessible, respectful and culturally competent ways. Participants will: Gain awareness of the difference between language access and language justice, review language justice case studies and analyze relevant application to their work, and learn best practices that increase language justice in the organization at the individual and institutional level.
Building on the success of CalFresh expansion to SSI recipients
This workshop will discuss the newly released report by CAFB and Diana Jensen on the CalFresh Expansion to SSI recipients. The report provides statewide and county-level summary statistics about existing enrollees, highlights enrollment gaps among key populations, and estimates the impact of achieving full enrollment. The presentation will unveil key findings of the report and discuss recommendations for outreach staff, anti-hunger organizations, advocates, and policy makers to ensure that all SSI recipients have access to this newly available food benefit.
|Operationalizing Equity||In this interactive session, you will learn how Alameda County Community Food Bank is leveraging its growth and purchasing power to create a more equitable food system and community. Through its $21 million food purchasing budget, ACCFB is operationalizing equity through a formal effort to allocate a growing portion to Black and Brown farmers. In just two years, this allocation to BIPOC farms has grown from 0% to 85% of its purchased produce. Join them for a conversation to learn more about how food banks can literally invest in equity through vendor relationships—and the ripple effects it has on moving our missions forward.||🟥 🟦|
|The Future of Food Banking||As the pandemic loosens its hold on our communities, food banks across the state and country are exploring the best path forward — a return to pre-pandemic models or establishing a new normal. This panel discussion will discuss how operational models have or are in the process of pivoting as the pandemic loosens its hold on our communities. It will explore alternative models to food distribution and traditional pantry models, and how to best meet community members where they are.||🟦|
|From Fields to Food Banks – A Look at the Fresh Produce Industry||This session will include a candid conversation with Farmers, Food Solicitors, Transportation, and Agricultural industry experts on where and why fresh produce is (and isn’t) available to food banks. Learn about the opportunities and obstacles that California growers are experiencing with drought and increased operating costs.||🟦|
|Making History in California with School Meals for All||This year California is making national history, as children go back to school knowing that they will have the nourishment they need to learn, grow, and thrive while they’re at school. The passage of School Meals for All last year, combined with over $2 billion in state investments into school meals this year, was achieved thanks to overwhelming support of the Legislature and the Governor. And we aren’t stopping here. This session will focus on learnings from the tremendous success of School Meals for All, and a look ahead at opportunities to further strengthen school meals so that no child goes hungry.||⬛|
|Centering College Students in Ending Poverty and Ensuring Basic Needs||California has much to be proud of when it comes to improving college student access to CalFresh. Over the last 12 years, California has successfully established itself as a national model for college student basic needs, anti-hunger policies, and CalFresh. In this session we will hear from experts who are on the frontlines of addressing college student hunger, both about successful policies and programs that are helping thousands of college students today, and opportunities to strengthen support for college students in the years to come.||🟪 ⬛|
|Ending Hunger Will Take Coalitions, Partners, and a Focus on Ending Poverty||Hunger is a symptom of poverty and systemic racism. In order to truly end hunger, we must embrace a holistic lens and address the specific barriers that people face in meeting their basic needs. In this session we will hear from experts about the root causes of hunger, programs and benefits that are critical in supporting people living on a low-income, and opportunities for California to build on these solutions in order to ensure all Californians can thrive.||🟥 ⬛|
|Examining Equity in Network Distributions||Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alameda County Community Food Bank has worked to identify and summarize trends they are seeing across their network – policy forecasts, food insecurity, distributions, and network operations This led to the creation of a tool that assesses ACCFB’s distribution footprint across Alameda County to inform questions for decision-making from an equity lens. Questions like – Is our footprint equitable across geographies of Alameda County, taking into account community-level data we know to be connected to food insecurity and accessibility? If we are under-resourced, do we believe we need a new partner agency in the area, or can we increase capacity among existing partners to provide more food, distributions or other resources? This workshop will provide background on the development of the tool, how ACCFB is currently using it, what feedback they have incorporated into action. and how they would like to improve it moving forward.||🟥 🟪 🟩|
|Community-Centered Strategies to Increase Access to Food Assistance Resources||Connecting to food assistance resources is not as simple as it should be. It takes a community-driven process to truly increase access and reach our most vulnerable community groups. This interactive session will provide best practices to collaborate with local partners and community members in your work. We will share how we’ve engaged a cross-section of stakeholders to identify underlying barriers to food assistance resources and create messages and tools that are culturally tailored to our unique communities, such as our Hunger Free Navigator™ Program and our Hunger Free Kids’ P-EBT work.||🟨|
|Using Technology to Inform Clients, Empower Agency Networks, & Make Data-Informed Decisions||Learn about how to utilize new technology created with, and for, food banks and their pantries to build or enhance your website’s food finder map. In addition, this technology empowers your pantry and agency partners to update their own information so that the neighbors who rely on them can find the right food at the right time and place. As users interact with the map, it gathers data for you to see trends of how your community is searching for food and what types of food resources or programs they’re looking for so that you can make data-informed decisions. This platform, called Vivery, built by The Thierer Foundation and in partnership with food banks, aims to equalize digital access to food. Come learn how to use these tools to help agencies better connect with and serve their communities.||🟨 🟩 🟪|
Addressing Food Access Disparities with Mobile Farmers’ Market
In this session, we will explore a new way to address food access disparities with mobile farmers’ market programs. We will explore the value of these community wellness programs in increasing healthy food access across the United States.
Understanding What Drives a Person to Give
Communities everywhere benefit from neighbors sharing with neighbors. But what motivates a person to be generous? To go above and beyond? Philanthropy is not as simple as financial capacity. What messaging resonates with a person, motivating them to donate even in difficult economic times? What communication patterns reinforce repeat giving? We’ll discuss donor research, giving trends, and communication strategies that deliver results.
Douglas Shaw & Associates
|Hands-On Service Project||Join us to assemble 200 of our Pantry Packs, a combination of high-protein breakfast and lunch meals, enough food for 8000 people. Learn more about how to bring meal packaging and The Outreach Program products to your corporate and community groups through volunteer engagement projects.|
Save Energy & Money with Resources from PG&E
In the session, you will learn news way to save energy and money at your local food bank. PG&E will be reviewing tools, resources and incentives available to upgrade your facility and become more efficient.
|Streamlining Finance & Remaining Nimble During Fluctuations||The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank addresses hunger head on – from their food pantry network and home-delivered groceries to CalFresh enrollment. Every week, over 53,000 households count on them for food assistance with 60% of what is distributed being fresh fruit and vegetables. Hear from Susan Simon, Director of Finance at The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Stacy Robson, CFO of the California Association of Food Banks, and Daniel Brooks, Sr. Director at Kainos about how the Food Bank streamlined the finance function, incorporated financial and non-financial KPI’s into their decision making, and how they were able to be more nimble given external pricing fluctuations of food procurement.|