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Partner Agency Reminders

Please fill out one registration
per person not per agency.

Registration deadline is
April 10, 2015

Who: Partner Agencies

Where: Ramada Inn

5000 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 278-0271

When: May 7, 2014
Des Moines, IA
8:00 a.m. -  3:15 p.m.

Contact Matt Unger at munger@foodbankiowa.org or 515-564-0330.

A block of discounted rooms is
being held for the group at
The Ramada Inn at a price of $69. Please
be sure mention the Food Bank of Iowa when making your reservations. 

PLEASE NOTE:  We will do our best to honor everyone’s first choice, but we will fill sessions on a
first come first serve basis. So register early to make sure you get your preferred sessions.

Please rate your selection with one being your first choice and three being your last. 

Breakout 1: 9:40 - 10:30 a.m.

Please rate the following breakout selection with 1 being your first choice and 3 being your last.

Did you know that you can impact your agency’s
bottom line, just by making a couple new friends? 
Meet Cindy and Teri!  Cindy Jones and Teri Winkey
from the Iowa Food Bank Association walk through
how SNAP outreach is conducted, what role you can
play, and how it can positively impact your agency. 

Scheduled Speakers: Cindy Jones and Teri WInkey,
Iowa Food Bank Association

Greg Schmidt started Plant Your Parking in the
Clear Lake/Mason City area.  What began as a
community movement has turned into a growing
national movement.  Plant Your Parking explores a
new and different way to involve your community in
providing produce for your agency and the clients
you serve. 

Scheduled speaker: Greg Schmidt,
founder Plant Your Parking

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!

Schedule speaker: Laura Sheriff, Food Bank of Iowa

Breakout 2:  10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Please rate the following breakout selections with 1 being your first choice and 3 being your last.

Do you wish you had more produce to offer your clients? 
This panel will kick off with Nathan Crozier walking you
through the different ways the Food Bank acquires
produce for you. Tracy Blackmer will highlight the
successful Gardening for Good project he has led
in Madrid, and Sue Ponder, from the Seeds of
Hope Food Pantry Garden project, will talk about
their involvement with the PCM Pantry.

Scheduled speakers:
Nathan Crozier, Food Sourcing Specialist,
Food Bank of Iowa; Tracy Blackmer,
Gardening for Good in Madrid;
Sue Ponder, Seeds of Hope Food Pantry Garden

Back by popular demand!  Spend Smart. Eat Smart.
is a program of Iowa State Extension 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.

Scheduled speaker: Christine Hradek, ISU Extension

Want to boost awareness of your agency and services
in the community?  Do you want to create an event,
but don’t know where to start?  Kari Stone, Co-Owner
of Admiria, who specializes in Events and Marketing,
will give you some tips on how you can get started
using events and marketing to further your organizations
mission, and Ozzie Ohl with Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank
in Mason City, will talk about ways to plug into social media.

Scheduled speakers: Ozzie Ohl, Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank;
Kari Stone, Co-Owner, Marketing & Event Director of Admiria

Breakout 3: 1:10 - 2:00 p.m.
Please rate the following breakout selections with 1 being your first choice and 4 being your last.

This session will feature three food pantries from small
to large walking through how each of their pantries are
set up and how much food they distribute, some helpful
hints you may want to employ at your own pantry, and
allow for networking among all session attendees.

Scheduled speakers and pantries include: 
Ruth Stephenson, Lohrville Food Pantry;
Gwen Simpson, Lamoni Food Pantry;
and Larry O’Connor, Caring Hands Food Pantry (Altoona).

Would you like to network with other agencies that prepare
onsite meals and learn how a long standing partner
incorporates Food Bank of Iowa product into their
menu planning?  If so, Sandy Funke with Community
Kitchen of North Iowa will talk about how Food Bank
product gets used for their meals and the perks and
benefits of being partnered with the Food Bank.

Scheduled speaker: Sandy Funke, Community Kitchen of North Iowa

As partner agencies, you sometimes deal with difficult clients. Perhaps no one deals with difficult clients more than the good folks at the DMV! Km Snook from the Iowa DOT, Motor Vehicle Division will walk you through how their employees manage
difficult clients. Karen Erickson from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo will walk through how they maintain client dignity at the food pantry they have on-site at their food bank. This session is sure to produce some great discussion!

Scheduled speakers: Kim Snook, Iowa DOT;
Karen Erickson, Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Are you new to your agency? Been at your agency a long time, but ready for a refresher? Then this is just the session for you! Agency Relations Coordinator, Lexi Prigge, will walk you through all the ins and outs of the Food Bank of Iowa- what it means to be a partner agency, benefits of a partnership, details of the product available to you and much, much more. This session is great for new hire/volunteers or folks with a new role in their agency.

Schedule speaker: Lexi Prigge, Food Bank of Iowa

Breakout Session 4: 2:10 - 2:55 p.m.
Please select your region.

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