Food Bank of Iowa’s Annual Agency Conference: Meeting the Need.
February 26, 2014
Registration is now open for the Food Bank of Iowa’s Annual Agency Conference: Meeting the Need. This year’s conference is being held at the Quality Inn and Suites, in Ames, on May 1, 2014. The deadline to register is March 31, 2014. Each attendee will need to complete their own online registration. Please see the registration page here for more details.
Register today for the Nonprofit Management Mini Academy
February 19, 2014
Register today for Nonprofit Management Academy! The Nonprofit Management Academy was established in 1999 by Iowa State University in partnership with the United Way Management Assistance Program to enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit human services groups, hospitals, government agencies, churches, private schools, arts organizations, environmentalgroups, and others in the nonprofit sector. Click here to download a brochure to learn more and register today.
2014 Food Bank of Iowa delivery schedules now available
December 19, 2013
The 2014 Food Bank of Iowa delivery schedules for CL-IF, Clear Lake, Creston, Fort Dodge and Storm Lake are now available. Click here to access the schedules on the Agency Resources page. If you have any questions, please contact Lexi Prigge, agency relations coordinator, at 515-564-0330.
2014 Darden Restaurant Community Grants Program
November 7, 2013
This is an exciting program that enables each restaurant in the Darden family to strengthen relationships and contribute to the wellbeing of its community by awarding a $1,000 grant to support local nonprofits, whose work aligns to the Darden Foundation’s three community priorities.
Darden is encouraging Feeding America food banks and food bank partner agencies to participate in the program. Click here to learn more about the program and the grant application.
To be considered for a Darden’s Restaurant Community Grant, food banks and partner agencies should visit www.DardenFoundation.com and submit an application between November 15 and December 10, 2013. We also encourage you to touch base with a local Darden restaurant General Manager or Managing Partner to express your interest in participating in Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program. To find a nearby Darden restaurant, you should visit www.darden.com/locations.
If you have questions not addressed in the materials or answered through a conversation with the local restaurant General Manager or Managing Partner, you are invited to reach out to Darden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 646-5412.
Live off the Dollar Store for a week on a $50 budget
October 18, 2013
A dollar can go along way. College, unemployment or an unexpected change in your life situation can mean learning to live off the dollar store. These are times when a major cut in spending is required as you plan how to survive from week to week. We found that it's possible to take care of the essentials, with a dollop of comfort thrown in, for less than $50 a week by shopping at the local dollar store. Click here for meal ideas, a sample shopping list and more information.
New Partner Agency Orientation
Sept. 12, 2013
At this time, the class is limited to our new partner agencies. However, if there are still class spots available after all the new agency attendees have registered, we will open up attendance to our existing partner agencies as well.
We are excited to announce our first new partner agency orientation class, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Food Bank of Iowa offices in Des Moines. This class will be held on a quarterly basis to coincide with our new agency application process. In the near future, there will be a page under the Partner Agency tab where you can find information about the orientation and the schedule for the year. Attendance at this orientation is mandatory for all new agencies as of July 1, 2013.
The orientation will include an introduction to the Food Bank of Iowa and our network of partner agencies, what it is to be a partner agency, making your order and storing product, the billing & reporting process and will include a tour of the Food Bank including the order pick up and produce shopping areas and a live action training on the online ordering and reporting system.
2013 Agency Conferences
Thank you so much to the 61 agencies who were able to send one or more representatives to participate in the first annual Food Bank of Iowa agency conferences held in Des Moines in April and Mason City in May. As we go forward with these conferences we will only have one site and date that will rotate around our 55 county service area. Next year’s conference will be held along the same time frame – late April, early May – and will be held in Ames. We will let you know as soon as we have a confirmed date so you can plan accordingly!
For those of you who were not able to join us, we wanted to share a portion of the information shared with attendees. Click here to take a look at the PowerPoint presentation. It outlines who Feeding America is and how we work together, some of the statistical studies that Feeding America has completed, and changes we are making at the Food Bank of Iowa. There is important information in this presentation that could directly impact your agency, we ask you to please make some time to view it. After viewing the presentation, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our partner agency coordinator, Kelly Atkins at 515-564-0330.
Grow Your Community with Cultivate Iowa
Cultivate Iowa is an initiative promoting the benefits of food gardening and produce donation to create a sustainable future and healthier communities in Iowa.
Through outreach and community engagement, Cultivate Iowa aims to inspire Iowans to grow some of their own produce and live healthier lifestyles. In addition, Cultivate Iowa is focused on empowering gardeners and community members to donate fresh produce to their local food pantries or other community organizations.
Click here to download promotional materials and for more information. Your login
- USERNAME: cultivate
- PASSWORD: iowaproduce
Stay tuned for more updates on the Cultivate Iowa campaign in the monthly FAHWG Forum. For more information about the Cultivate Iowa campaign, send an e-mail to email@example.com.