Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services invites you to the 3rd annual Partner Agency Conference: Food is Human Right! Please join us for this educational event and learn how you canprovide #FoodforAll. 

Partner Agency Conference: Food is a Human Right
Where: Antioch Progressive Church, 7650 Amherst St, Sacramento, CA 95832
When: Friday, September 7, 2018 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 four individuals to the conference. We hope to see you there!

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2018 Partner Agency Conference Workshops


How do we move from knowing what needs to be done in our community to getting the political will to make it happen? This session will highlight some Partner Agencies and local organizations that currently engage in efforts to educate elected officials on what their community needs are and give you the skills to articulate ground-level information, navigate the government channels and get buy-in to make real, lasting change in your community.

Cultural Competency

Sacramento being one of the most diverse counties in the Unites States presents challenges and opportunities when engaging clients from diverse cultural backgrounds in food distributions. We all do our best to serve our communities-of-color, newly arrived refugees and immigrant communities with dignity and respect, but we are all human and may make assumptions in the process. This session will help us explore the impact of the way we serve in these communities and how we open our food selection to increase accessibility.

Financial Stability

The majority of hunger-relief organizations operate with an annual budget of under $5,000. This session will cover the basic information that organizations need to collect in order to begin seeking grant funding through SFBFS and external channels.

No Student Left Hungry

The education system at all levels is one of the most underutilized resource in hunger-relief. Schools have infrastructure and access to an enormous portion of the community struggling with food insecurity. This session will bring together a panel of experts in the various areas of education to discuss their experience with student food insecurity and how they address the issues on their various campuses. Learn how your food distribution can work collaboratively with the education system to support their efforts and the students in your community. 

Safe and Quality Food

As food providers to the food insecure of Sacramento County, hunger-relief organizations have a responsibility to provide safe and nutritious food available to their clients. The people we serve are one of the most vulnerable populations to food-borne illness, which can exacerbate other underlying health conditions, threaten employment and significantly derail their lives. This session will provide important information regarding required food safety standards, essential nutrition information that can positively support the health and well-being of clients and recommend best practices when choosing product for food distributions.

Safety Net Programs

Hunger-relief, while essential, is not enough to help communities meet their day-to-day needs. This session will provide an overview of other essential safety net programs to help bridge the gap; understand how these vital programs are part of the picture when addressing basic human rights. Most importantly, how to incorporate these services into your food distribution to serve the whole person.

Sustenance While Unhoused

While the majority of people at risk of food insecurity of are not unhoused, some of the most vulnerable and chronic clients are. This session explores how to make food distributions more accessible for our unhoused neighbors, from food selection to accommodations to behavior intervention.

Volunteer Support

In the current hunger-relief system, agencies are dependent on the loyal support of volunteers. In order to ensure the sustainability of food distributions, having a formalized volunteer program is imperative. This session looks at the basics of how to identify volunteer needs, shifts and requirements, write position descriptions and outreach to volunteer recruitment platforms. Hear from other Partner Agencies and local organizations who have built a volunteer program from the ground up!

Keynote Speakers

Brenda Ruiz, Director of Slow Foods Sacramento/President of Sacramento Food Policy Council

Brenda Ruiz has been working in Sacramento's top restaurants as a chef since 1996. Highly regarded among her peers for her skill and work ethic, Ms. Ruiz serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of Slow Food Sacramento as Director of the School Garden Coalition and Chair of Youth and School Projects. A lifelong activist and community organizer, Ms. Ruiz is President of the Sacramento Food Policy Council and sits on the state steering committee of the California Food Policy Council.

Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba

Kelly Carlisle is the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She is an avid gardener and is an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee. She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Ms. Carlisle was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. Ms. Carlisle is the December 2011 Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city. Most recently, Kelly’s work has been honored at the White House by President Barack Obama.

Robyn Krock, Project Leader at Valley Vision specializing in Food and Agriculture

Robyn joined Valley Vision in 2007 as a project associate and serves as project leader for Food and Ag Economy, 21st Century Workforce, and broadband strategies. She provides expertise in meeting design, meeting facilitation, key informant interviews, stakeholder focus groups, and is skilled at connecting ideas and people. Robyn is well-versed in the community aspects of local food systems, and wrote an MS thesis titled “Food Access, Ag Sustainability, and Education: Collaborating to Promote a Regional Food System.”

Panel Facilitator: Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, Principal and Founder of Solh Resolutions International

Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang’s passion for conflict resolution, facilitation and mediation have positioned her to do work internationally (including Cyprus and the West Bank) as well as domestically in these key areas. She has focused the majority of her studies and practical experience crafting her specialization in working with groups in conflict. Rangineh graduated cum laude from Portland State University with her undergraduate degree in Communications Studies. Prior to attending graduate school, Rangineh worked for a private consulting company for two years which provided services that work toward organizational change, personal transformation and social justice.