Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services invites you to the 2nd annual Partner Agency Conference! Please join us for an informative and educational day designed to cultivate a healthier community and #EndHungerSacramento.

2nd annual 2017 Partner Agency Conference

Where: Antioch Progressive Church, 7650 Amherst St, Sacramento, CA 95832

When: Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference is for registered SFBFS partner agencies. If you are currently not a partner agency but would like to become one, you can find more information on our Web site. Each partner agency is allowed to send up to three individuals to the conference. 

We hope to see you there!

Partner Agency Conference Workshops

Building Your Food Pantry Capacity - In 2017, our Partner Agency Network set three goals: feed more people, distribute more food and provide healthier options. This workshop provides basic tools to evaluate your agency's capacity to determine how to best meet these goals. 

CalFresh and Agency Incentives - The CalFresh program plays a critical role in reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty in our country by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families and individuals to purchase food. Come learn how your school, church, food pantry or agency can help families apply for CalFresh benefits by becoming an official SFBFS CalFresh referral provider.

Communications and Marketing 2.0 - Now that you have your marketing basics up and running, what’s next? Learn how to get the word out through paid media, direct mail and digital marketing, outreach events, working with a marketing firm and utilizing volunteers to help spread the word about the wonderful work you are doing in our community. 

Food Safety: Better Safe than Sorry - This workshop offers a brief review of food safety basics for successful distributions including; review of time and temperature control, transportation of food and food handling basics for your volunteers. 

Fundraising 101 - Partner Agencies will gain the tools and resources for an effective fundraising program. This workshop guides attendees through the entire gift solicitation and processing cycle, from development plan to donor stewardship. Attendees will leave feeling prepared to launch their own fund-development program. Attendees will also receive a list of valuable fundraising resources.

Getting to Know Your New Neighbor - Join SFBFS’ Director of Family Services Genevieve Levy and a board member/volunteer of Ar-Razzaq Food Bank, Nawal Hassouneh, for an overview of the refugee resettlement process in the United States including an explanation of the growing refugee populations in Sacramento. Learn how to best serve your community with cultural competence and stock your pantry with appropriate items for your new neighbors. 

How to Handle a Visit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement - SFBFS' Managing Attorney of Immigration Legal Services Sara Bobbitt will share resources and best practices for how to respond if Immigration and Customs Enforcement come to your food pantry. She will also share resources for any of your customers that would benefit from "Know Your Rights" info or Safety Planning for their families. 

Marketing Basics for your Agency - What tools should you use to persuade people to action? Are you doing it already? Could you be doing it better? Join us for a session to learn about affordable/free tools you should put in place for your agency. Tools covered include Web site, communications training, marketing plan, traditional media, social media and crisis communications.

Oasis Client-Tracking Webinar - Oasis Insight is the leading client intake and reporting solution software for food banks and Partner Agencies. Learn how this software can be used to shorten intake time, track clients, gather feeding report data and USDA required document storage. USDA agencies highly encouraged to attend.

The Power of Vegetable Proteins - Participants of this session will walk away with a new perspective on the power of vegetable proteins. We will have a discussion about the different amounts of protein found in vegetables and how to create complete protein sources with ingredients found in our warehouse this month. Come on by and enjoy a sampling of vegetable vigor! 

PWW: Online Ordering - In October, SFBFS will move to online ordering for agency shopping. This class will give a brief overview of the online ordering form, ordering process, product selection and warehouse transition. It is highly recommended that at least one agency member attend this class. 

Ready, Set, Grants - This workshop addresses essentials for writing grants: organizational readiness, program logic and measurable outcomes. The curriculum targets beginners. You will learn to assess if your organization is ready for grants; the basic structure of a logic model; and how to measure success. To prepare for this workshop, begin thinking of a project you want funded. Having a specific project in mind will help you understand the various components presented. Optional: bring a short (200-word max) problem statement (in hard copy) with your business card attached.  It will be reviewed after the conference and returned to you within one week with feedback and/or suggested edits.

Speak Out Against Hunger: Sacramento Food Access Network Advocates - Come equip your Partner Agency with tangible steps you can take to shape your community, be a voice for yourselves and your clients and be a part of the solution to ending hunger in Sacramento County.

Volunteer Services: Set Yourself Up for Success - Hear how to start a volunteer program from the ground up; create change in a non-profit that relies heavily on volunteers; and discuss the who, what and why when it comes to volunteer services in your organization. An interactive session among coworkers, peers and volunteers.