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Meeting the Need—Our Annual Partner Agency Conference

May 16, 2017 | Holiday Inn Merle Hay, Des Moines

Meeting the Need

Our Annual Partner Agency Conference

May 16, 2017 — Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA

The Food Bank of Iowa’s annual Partner Agency Conference brings together more than 100 representatives from our partner agencies and programs to learn from experts and one another. Held each spring in Des Moines, the conference fills a day with breakout sessions, networking opportunities and a keynote speaker.

2017 Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30 a.m., Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m., Welcome

8:45-9:30 a.m., General Session: “News from the Food Bank to You”
FY16 Distribution and Partner Benefits; Red2Green history and update; Iowa Hunger Coalition; Renovation Project/Capital Campaign update

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

  • PRIMARIUS Training
    • Lexi Prigge, Food Bank of Iowa
  • Communicating with Pantry Clients
    • Aimee Smith, Joppa Outreach; Joan Spooner, UDMO – Buena Vista County; Mary O’Riley, Creston Area Food Pantry
  • Managing a Successful Volunteer Program
    • Brianne Fitzgerald, Communications and Engagement Officer, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

10:45-11:45 a.m., Breakout 2

  • “Spend Smart. Eat Smart”
    • Christine Hradek, ISU Extension
  • Growing Bolder in Iowa
    • Linda Gobberdiel, IA Department on Aging
  • The Mythology of Food Dating
    • Todd Gerwig, Deputy District Manager, USDA-Des Moines District

12:00-1:00 p.m., Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Melissa Sturm-Smith, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success Team Leader, University Climate Assessment for Diversity – Drake University

1:10-2:00 p.m., Breakout 3

  • Grant Opportunities – how to find and apply for them
    • Ramona Gaukel, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Meal Planning with Food Bank Product
    • Lyn Evans, First United Methodist Community Meal
  • Agency Best Practices
    • Ellen Anderson, ISU Extension & Outreach Buena Vista County; Daniel Beck, DMARC Food Pantry Network; Melissa Stimple, Waukee Area Christian Services
  • Clients and Mental Health: Issues your clients may face and how to work with them
    • Dr. Earl Kilgore, Broadlawns Medical Center

2:00-3:30 p.m., Resource Tables Available

2:30-3:00 p.m., Conference Wrap Up and Food Bank Hall of Fame Inductions