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Food Bank of Iowa's Annual Member Agency Conference

Meeting the Need

The Food Bank of Iowa's Annual Partner Agency Conference

Our fourth annual Meeting the Need Partner Agency Conference will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Northwest. Last year, we had 120 attendees representing 80 different partner agencies! We hope you join us for networking and sharing with other partner agencies, learning from our speakers and taking home some new ideas to implement!

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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Welcome

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.: General Session: "News from the Food Bank to you"

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Iowa Food Bank Association

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.: Breakout 1

  • PRIMARIUS Training
    A staple at each Conference! Laura Sheriff will walk attendees through our online ordering system, Primarius. Learn helpful hints, tricks of the trade and the must-dos to make sure you are taking advantage of all the system affords you. Great for folks new to agencies or if you just want a refresher!
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): How WIC can help your clients
    Are you referring clients to the WIC Program? Do your clients know about WIC? Are you aware of how the WIC program can positively impact your organization and clients? Kimberly Stanek with the Iowa Department of Public Health will walk you through the program and referral process between food banks, partner agencies, and the WIC program.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Understanding TEFAP and your responsibilities
    Do you operate a Food Pantry or allow your residents to prepare meals themselves onsite? Do you receive USDA commodities? If so, you are using TEFAP, or The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Cindy O’Brien, Program Manager with DHS will cover the details of the USDA commodity program and the guidelines you must follow as an agency. This is a wonderful opportunity to get all of your TEFAP questions answered directly by DHS.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Breakout 2

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart
    Back by popular demand! Spend Smart. Eat Smart. is an Iowa State Extension program that will help you to help your clients make their dollars go farther and eat healthier. In this session Christine Hradek will walk you through how to navigate their free website to acquire recipes and food spending advice for your clients along with a host of other helpful information.
  • Communicate at Your Best
    Let’s face it—we all communicate. Some of our communication is seen as effective; some may not be. How can we be sure that we are making the most of every interaction? Led by Micah Craven from Integrity Communications, this short program will arm you with some fundamental principles that will empower you to not only “craft your message” but “deliver your message” for maximum impact!
  • Advocating For Your Agencies and Clients
    Advocacy can be a difficult undertaking. It takes time, data, and knowing where to go and how to be heard. This session will feature a panel of folks who have experience with advocacy and will share some of what they know so you can begin to be a voice for your organization and the clients you serve! Panelists include Cory Berkenes – Iowa Food Bank Association and Gloria Batts – Lutheran Church of Hope

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Chuck Long, CEO/Executive Director, Iowa Sports Foundation

1:10 – 2:00 p.m.: Breakout 3

  • Model Pantry: Client Choice
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to try a different distribution model in your pantry? Do you predetermine the contents your clients receive, but maybe want to switch to a choice model? This session will feature three food pantries, one each in the pre/present/post stages of making the switch to a client choice model of distribution. Each representative will talk about their obstacles and successes in making this transition and allow for networking among session attendees. Featured speakers and pantries include: Mary O’Riley, UCC Congregational Church of Creston; Eileen Boggess, Urbandale Food Pantry; and Jennie Kerger, Salvation Army Temple.
  • Meal Planning with Food Bank Product
    Would you like to network with other agencies that prepare onsite meals or with food pantries that provide recipes with the food they distribute? If so, you will want to be in this session and listen to Deb Fardel with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, talk about how she prepares meals with Food Bank product. Rachael Olson will also talk about recipes she puts together for her food pantry clients with Food Bank product and other product on hand in the pantry; both will touch on the benefits of a food bank partnership.
  • Client Diversity
    The faces of those you see each day are always changing, and different clients have different needs. We want to address the changing landscape of hunger relief service by bringing together an array of Food Bank partners to address this diversity. We have brought four different representatives to discuss pantry service access for each of the following special populations: those with disabilities, the senior population, clients with mental health challenges, and immigrant populations, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
  • FBOI 102: Food Bank Orientation
    Are you interested in learning some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Food Bank of Iowa partnership? Do you need a refresher or just have some lingering questions you want answered? If so, then this is the session for you! Agency Relations Coordinator, Lexi Prigge, will walk you through some ins and outs of the Food Bank of Iowa - benefits of partnership, details of the product available to you retail relationships, and much more.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Conference Wrap-Up & Door Prize Awards

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Resource Tables Available

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Breakout 4: Pantry Visit

  • Urbandale Food Pantry
    7611 Douglas Ave., Ste. 34/35
    Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community Food Pantry
    5870 Merle Hay Rd., Ste. D
    Johnston, IA 50131