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During Hunger Awareness Month, the San Diego Food Bank will host its sixth biennial hunger conference for our nonprofit partners and community partners. Details about the event, including the location, available workshop sessions, and registration information can be found below.

The purpose of this conference is to increase awareness of food insecurity and to share ideas, skills, approaches and best practices for staff and volunteers in order to enhance and enrich the hunger-relief community to better serve those who face hunger in our community.

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When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

San Diego Food Bank – 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121

Transportation Instructions: Parking is limited at the San Diego Food Bank. Please plan to carpool if you are attending with others from your organization. Parking is available in front of the Food Bank’s building, on the east side parking lot (in front of the Distribution Avenue cul-de-sac), and along Carroll Road.

This event is free for all attendees. However, in order to obtain an accurate headcount for meals served, we are asking that all registrants notify our staff by August 23, if you are unable to attend. Anyone registered that does not attend, and notifies the Food Bank after the August 23 deadline will be charged a $10 fee. Please note: Due to space limitations, this conference is available for up to two people per nonprofit partner agency.


The conference consists of 15 general session workshops and keynote speakers. This year’s focus is directed toward improving competencies, and best practices for professional development, organizational development and the professional development of nonprofit organizations. Registration for each workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. during conference check-in.

8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

  • Opening remarks by Food Bank President and CEO, James A. Floros
  • Proclamation presented by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar

Breakout Session 1 – 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

  • Beyond Hospital Walls: The Impact of Hunger and Other Social Determinants on Health Outcomes – Jillian Barber
  • Board Development and Annual Fundraising Planning – James Floros and Liz Sheahan
  • Coupling Direct Service with Public Policy – Ashley Harrington
  • Improving the Dignity & Equity of Your Food Program Using Technology – Jacqueline Hess (Facilitator) and Allen Langdale, Leticia Leal, and Tim Captain (Panel)
  • Nudging Towards Nutrition – Bethany Hendrickson, Ruthi Solari

Breakout Session 2 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Best Practices: A Facilitated Discussion Among Partners – Nicky Riordan (Facilitator)
  • Board Development and Annual Fundraising Planning – James Floros and Liz Sheahan
  • Glean It Like You Mean It - Nita Kurmins Gilson
  • Nonprofit Communications & Social Media – Chris Carter and Stephanie Schauer
  • Using Food to Empower Communities – Aviva Paley


11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Luke Wood, Community College Equity Assessment Lab CCEAL

Breakout Session 3 – 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

  • Client Centered Strategies for Supporting Healthy Hunger Relief – Adrienne Marksworth and Jessica Silldorff
  • Dignity-Driven Client Services – Gabi Charo and Brendan Rosen
  • Grant Writing – Mike Minjares
  • Healthy Retail and Food Pantries: What We Can Teach Each Other – Ariel Hamburger and Elle Mari
  • Nudging Towards Nutrition – Bethany Hendrickson and Ruthi Solari

Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn more about the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s 2017 Hunger Conference. If you have additional questions, please contact Shelly Parks at sparks@sandiegofoodbank.org.