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Our Annual Partner Agency Conference

Thursday, May 23, 2019 — Prairie Meadows Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

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.

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2019 Conference Schedule

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

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Welcome & General Session: “News from the Food Bank to You”

9:40-10:30 a.m.: Preventing Burnout – Thomas Benzoni, Des Moines University

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Breakout 1

  • The Myths of Poverty
    • Have you ever heard someone give false information regarding an assistance program, and perpetuate stereotypes surrounding poverty? How do we break these false ideas that ultimately influence people to view poverty and assistance programs in a negative light? Listen to Dave Stone, Advocacy officer for United Way of Central Iowa shed light on these myths and how he works to correct the perception and advance important legistlative goals.
  • Networks: How They Surround and Sustain Us Every Day
    • Networks exists everywhere. From our bodies, to nature, to relationships, to food security. In this session attendees will hear from experts in various fields about how collaboration surrounds and sustains us every day and the importance of networking. Goal: Understand the importance of networking in building success and strengthening our communities.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Understanding TEFAP and your Responsibilities
    • Do you operate a Food Pantry or prepare meals? Do you receive USDA commodities? If so, you are using TEFAP, or The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Cindy O’Brien, Program Manager with DHS will cover the details of the USDA commodity program and the guidelines you must follow as an agency. This is a wonderful opportunity to get all of your TEFAP questions answered directly by DHS

12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Simon Estes, world renowned vocalist

1:10-2:00 p.m.: Breakout Session 2

  • Succession Planning
    • Does your organization have a plan in place to ensure that it is has a thriving future? Is it run mostly by volunteers? Come and hear about ways to efficiently plan for staff-turnover and how to create a plan that allows for smooth transition and organizational sustainability.
  • Food Bank of Iowa Food Acquisition
    • Have you ever wondered about the food we have on inventory – Where does it come from? How did we get it? Why don’t we have more? Emily Shearer, Food Acquisition Program Manager for Food Bank of Iowa, will walk attendees through the food acquisition process and provide a breakdown of exactly how we get the food you see on inventory. Learn about the different channels through which we receive food, ask questions about inventory, and gain a better understanding about our food cycle.
  • Justice League of Food
    • Nicholas Kuhn helped jump start the food truck craze in the metro years ago. He used the business to feed the whole community, both customers and the homeless at outreach events. However, he says a year ago he decided it was time for his mission to evolve.”We are making a transition from feed a man a fish mode to teach a man to fish,” The Justice League of Food, run by Kuhn and his wife Lynn, is equal parts kitchen and school for homeless Iowans. The entire kitchen is staffed by homeless youth, teaching them valuable job and life skills. All the food prepared will be served to the metro homeless community. Hear founder Nicholas Kuhn talk about the innovative program.

2:10-3:00 p.m.: Breakout Session 3

  • PRIMARIUS Training
    • A staple at each Conference! Lexi Prigge and David Burnette will walk attendees through the Food Bank of Iowa 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!
  • Poverty Mindset and How it Impacts Our Agency
    • Learn what a Poverty Mindset is and how it occurs. Discuss the difference between poverty values and workplace or organization values, and understand what barriers may arise and how to overcome the barriers to build a bridge to a successful partnership.
  • Grants: Ready? Willing? Able?
    • Most non-profit leaders are willing to make grant seeking a part of their fundraising strategy. It’s more challenging to ensure an organization is ready and has the knowledge and skills to be successful. This session will provide an opportunity to assess your non-profit for grant-readiness and point you toward resources which will help you find and apply for grant funding.

3:15-4:00 p.m.: Conference Wrap Up, including Door Prizes and Partner Agency Hall of Fame Inductions