October 10, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center

LOCATION

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center

800 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA17111

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CONTACT

Maria D'Isabella

717.547.6319 - mdisabella@centralpafoodbank.org

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The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s annual Agency Appreciation Conference is a one-day conference for the food distribution network. This conference will provide workshops tailored to your interests to enhance the mission of your agency. There will also be time allotted to network with colleagues for new ideas and solutions to current issues you may be facing.

Other features of the conference include a luncheon, door prizes and vendor information tables.

Tentative Agenda:

Theme:  “Pathways to Food Security”

8:00 - 8:30 AM           Tour of the Central PA Food Bank Warehouse (Optional)                         

**Please meet at the Central PA Food Bank located at 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg PA by 8:00 AM.

8:00 - 8:55 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast                                         

9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks                            

Joe Arthur, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank                                         

9:10 - 9:40 AM Keynote Address:  Pathways to Food Security and Health

Michael McKenna, Chief Impact Officer, Community Action Program of Lancaster

While it may have been common sense to the older generation that coined the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” Americans today are rediscovering that food is medicine. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors do not have regular access to affordable, healthy foods. Obesity and food insecurity are found side by side in the same neighborhoods, households, and even the same people. Fortunately, through the power of many groups working together on coordinated plans to reduce hunger and promote healthy food, we can turn the tide on these public health crises. Hunger is a solvable problem. This presentation will explore how our communities can work together to use the tools we already have at our finger tips to build a future free from hunger.

9:50 – 10:50 AM Breakout Session One – Please attend one of the sessions below.

Gray Areas:  Walk the Line                         

Jamie Caputo, Development and Community Relations Director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Carolyn Fansler, ElderShare Program Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Come to this session to find clarity on rules and guidelines associated with the distribution of inventory you receive from the Central PA Food Bank.  Information about recent mandates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning faith based organizations distributing Bonus and Entitlement USDA commodities will also be covered.  Hopefully by the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of these guidelines, have the opportunity to ask some questions you may have encountered, and leave with a clear picture of the do’s and don’ts your program must abide by.

Healthy Outreach Program Initiative                                                                      

Jorja Barton, Director of Agency Relations, Central PA Food Bank

Debra Boyd, Nutrition Links Supervisor, PSU Extension, Dauphin County

Sarah Clark, Director, Manna Food Pantry

Judy Dillon, Director of Community Health, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Yolanda Edrington, Community and Patient Engagement Supervisor, Hamilton Health Center

Prince of Peace, Mary’s Helpers Food Pantry

Ruth Moore, Director of Business Development, PA Psychiatric Institute

Shila Ulrich, Director, Caring Cupboard Food Pantry

Come listen to key players involved in the Healthy Outreach Program Initiative.  Staff from Central PA Food Bank, employees and students from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, nutrition education advisors from Penn State Cooperative Extension, and pantry directors have developed an innovative project to promote health, wellness and nutrition with clients.  Come hear about their experiences, successes, and find out how this model can be incorporated at your agency.   

Innovative Project Panel                                                                               

Jay Eury, Gleaning Coordinator, The Gleaning Project of South Central PA

Roger B. Fetter, Accountant and Rotary Member

Deacon Wanda Kloza, Coordinator for Feed My Sheep, Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Join us to learn about gleaning, farmers to food bank initiative, and network connections.  

The Gleaning Project collects excess, unsellable but still perfectly good food from farmers and gardeners of all scales.  The Gleaning Project distributes that gleaned food with the help of our community partners. The Farmers to Food Bank initiative began in 2008, matching up local farmers' market vendors with our local Food Bank.  Rotary club members distribute harvest baskets during the final half-hour of the Friday Farmers' Market to the vendors who might have excess produce, fruit, baked goods, and flowers.  Rotary members gather the baskets at market's end, and transport the donated items to the Food Bank. Since inception, the generous vendors have donated over 41,000 pounds of fresh food to the Food Bank, which represents almost $100,000 in value to the clients, and to the community. Feed My Sheep works with parishes and organizations throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA in feeding the hungry. 

Partnering with your Community Foundation                                             

Janice Black, President & CEO, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)

Jennifer Doyle, Director of Development & Community Investment, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)

Allison Moesta Brubaker, Asset Development & Scholarship Officer, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)

Brigid McDougall, Asset Development & Project Officer, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is a Community Foundation that was established in 1920.  Some of the ways TFEC can partner with your organization includes:

-Planning for sustainability for your non-profit organization through an agency fund which is an

endowment fund established by your Board of Directors

-Giving organizations (which are not non-profits) the ability to act as a non-profit by becoming the Fiscal sponsor

-Assisting your non-profit by performing many internal functions including (but not limited to) Financial transactions, Reporting and Investment management through a Management Agreement

-Offering your organization potential funding opportunities through our competitive grant making process

-Assisting your organization to establish Planned Giving products to offer your donors to support your organization in the future

 Come find out how TFEC can be a resource for you and your organization!

SNAP to It!                                                                                                                

Tara Davis, SNAP Outreach Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Loyna De Jesus, SNAP Outreach Associate, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Laura Goddard, SNAP Outreach Associate, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Come learn about SNAP (Food Stamps) eligibility, enrollment, resolving issues with benefits, and the latest policies and waivers. We’ll also be sharing how you can earn credits on your account through the SNAP member agency referral program and some of our lead agencies best practices to earning those credits.

Valuing Diversity                                                                                                      

Leslie C. Egiziano, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Human Resources Consultant, Paychex

When many people think of diversity, they first think of ethnicity, race, and then gender. Diversity is much broader. In the context of the workplace or in a group environment, valuing diversity means creating a space that respects and includes differences, recognizing the unique contributions that different people can make, and creating an environment that maximizes the potential of all.

11:00-12:00 PM Breakout Session 2 - Please attend one of the sessions below.

Date with A Chef: Panel Discussion                                                   

Michael Harants, Assistant Program Manager, Naval Supply Systems Command

Robert Roebuck, Retired Chef

Emily Saman, Nutrition Education Assistant, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Maryann Smith, Nutrition Educator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Come hear testimonials and experiences from this dynamic team. They will discuss ways that you can provide cooking instruction and nutrition education for your agency partners and clients. Learn ways to enhance your food bank inventory usage and provide free education for your clients.

Grant Detective Training: How to Find Funders                                                     

Judy Chambers, Economic and Community Development Educator, Penn State Extension

Lauren Jacobs, Grant Writer, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

The hardest part of writing grants is finding the funders.  This workshop will help you conduct effective searches for funders that are the right fit for your organization.  We’ll look at community and private foundations and provide tips for incorporating the work of grant detective into your routine.  Whether you are responsible for obtaining grants, wondering where to start, or simply curious about how to improve your efforts, the session will give you an opportunity to share best practices, learn from your peers and do a little networking.

Food Safety Refresher                                                                                              

Kristina Hample, Trainer, Carol Gilbert Consulting

Come for a food safety refresher designed for pantries, soup kitchens, and residential programs. 

Hidden Rules of Poverty                                                                               

Chuck Holt, Executive Director, The Factory Ministries

Oftentimes organizations have a top down approach to help those struggling with poverty-related issues.  The result often leads to enabling, changing, or judging.  In order to build relationships of mutual respect and bring every class to the decision making table we need to understand the “default wiring” of each class.  This workshop will explore various hidden rules of the three economic class environments.

Leadership is not a Title                                                                                            

Una Martone, President & CEO, Leadership Harrisburg Area

Leadership is not about a fancy title at work or winning community awards; it's about who you are and how you interact with others. Leadership is about making a difference in the lives of others ~ and leaving a legacy. This presentation will explore the fundamentals of growing in leadership by lifting others. It will challenge participants to explore new approaches to leadership at home; in the workplace; and in their communities. Insights and information will be complemented by open dialogue and resources will be provided.                       

12:00-1:10 PM            Appreciation Luncheon                                             

1:15-1:40 PM  Networking Event                                         

1:50-2:50 PM  Breakout Session 3- Please attend one of the sessions below.

Agency Orientation and Partner Agency Concerns                                    

Steven Early, Agency Relations Outreach Coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Matt Hess, Agency Services Representative, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Pamela Hicks, Programs Coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Jennifer Kurelja, Agency Relations Coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Cindi Pasi, Agency Donation Coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Missy Patterson, Product Flow Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Staff from Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will be creating an open conversation of the basic rules and regulations while also discussing the basic concerns of our partner agencies. This is an opportunity for us to introduce you to new goals for this fiscal year as well as addressing any unanswered questions that your agency may need clarity on. Our team will also cover retail donations/pickups, too.

Charity:  It’s All About Me                                                                                       

Kathy Anderson-Martin, Director of Resource Development, The Salvation Army Harrisburg, Capital City Region
Serving so many people with so many needs can be exhausting and sometimes even result in compassion fatigue. Even interaction with volunteers and supporters can be draining as it sometimes feels like "it's all about me" vs. all about the mission.  Learn tips and tricks on how renewed perspectives on life, priorities and mission can make all of the difference when helping others and advancing the cause.  

Gray Areas:  Walk the Line (repeat session)           

Jamie Caputo, Development and Community Relations Director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Carolyn Fansler, ElderShare Program Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Come to this session to find clarity on rules and guidelines associated with the distribution of inventory you receive from the Central PA Food Bank.  Information about recent mandates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning faith based organizations distributing Bonus and Entitlement USDA commodities will also be covered.  Hopefully by the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of these guidelines, have the opportunity to ask some questions you may have encountered, and leave with a clear picture of the do’s and don’ts your program must abide by.

Lobbying 101: The Good, the Bad, and the Basics                                      

Sheilah Borne, Assistant Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine 

John Milliron, Esq, Retired Partner, Milliron & Goodman

Daniel J. Reisteter, Vice President Government Relations, Pennsylvania Bankers Association

Corinna Vecsey Wilson, Esq., President, Wilson500

Karen Woodings, Advocacy Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

 “What do I do now?  Now that I know it’s LEGAL to lobby Congress and my public officials as a non-profit, what on Earth do I DO now?  Join members who serve on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Advocacy/Public Policy Committee as they unravel the mysterious and not so mysterious basics of lobbying.  Join us and learn from the experts!

My Comfort Food Looks Different than Yours: Nutrition and Cultural Sensitivity           
Amanda Frankeny, RDN, LDN, Registered Dietician and Community Nutritionist, The Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network

As a diverse state, we can embrace all cultural foods and still prepare them in healthier ways. Join Amanda Frankeny – a registered dietitian and the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network’s Community Nutritionist – as she discusses why cultural sensitivity is an integral part of providing healthy, filling meals to those who need them!  During this session, you will become more culturally competent, dive into global food traditions and meal patterns, explore ways to spice up the nutrition of these foods, and learn how to integrate foods from the food bank in your clients’ familiar dishes!

Simple Ways to Boost Donor Retention                                                                   

Chad Barger, Principal, Productive Fundraising

Join Chad Barger, CFRE, principal of Productive Fundraising, for a session focused on improving your organization's donor retention rate. Chad will present simple tips that if implemented, and done consistently, will be sure to have a major impact on donor loyalty at your organization.

Youth Programs: An Overview                                                                                            

Jeremy Arnold, Child Hunger Corps Member, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

David Lloyd, Youth Programs Manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Donna Lattanzio, Youth Programs Associate, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Bill Simonson, School Breakfast Outreach Coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a backpack program and a school pantry? Would you like to serve a nutritious meal for your after school program but don't know where to start? Are you interested in serving summer meals? Come meet CPFB's Youth Programs team and learn the answers to these questions and more! We will talk about the programs we offer and answer your questions.

2:50-3:35 PM Partner of the Year Awards

3:35-4:00 PM Grand Prize Raffles, Evaluations and Closing Remarks

 

 

 


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