WELCOME TO FOOD BANK UNIVERSITY
Food Bank University provides education and training programs for the Food Bank’s network of nonprofit partners and equips them with the tools and resources they need to better serve the hungry in San Diego County.
WHO ATTENDS FOOD BANK UNIVERSITY?
Food Bank University courses are open to all nonprofit distribution partners that are members of the Food Bank’s Food To Nonprofits program. (For information on becoming a member click here). Nonprofit member agencies receive and distribute food from the Food Bank. This network of nonprofits includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, churches, schools, and day centers for the elderly and disabled
FOOD BANK UNIVERSITY COURSES
The Food Bank’s management team designs each training course with the needs of its nonprofit partners in mind. Food Bank University offers a comprehensive range of courses including the fundamentals of food banking; fundraising strategies for nonprofits; nutrition; food safety; nonprofit management and finance; communications; and volunteer management. All courses are taught by professionals with expertise in each core subject area.
For more information about Food Bank University contact Lisa Bacon, Nonprofit Relations Supervisor, at 1-858-863-5132 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD BANK UNIVERSITY – RESOURCE AREA
The Food Bank University Resource Area contains information and presentations from previously held courses.
Course descriptions and materials from each course are provided below.
FOOD STAMPS 101
This course is designed to equip the Food Bank’s nonprofit partners with the tools and information needed to prescreen clients for Food Stamp eligibility. The program presentation gives background information on Food Stamps, who is eligible, how they can be used to purchase food, their importance as a supplemental nutrition resource, and eligibility requirements.
FUNDRAISING FOR NONPROFITS
This workshop focuses on how to find grants that fit your program, how to write a grant proposal, and how to make a yearly budget. The presentation (below) outlines the purpose of fundraising, different fundraising techniques, and grant writing.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS – ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFITS
Volunteers are essential for day to day operations within a nonprofit. This workshop emphasizes how to recruit, manage, and effectively use volunteers at a hunger relief organization. The presentation stresses strong organization and policy efficiency.
RISK AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT IN NONPROFITS
Knowing how to manage risk and maintain a safe work environment are crucial components in any organization. The presentation gives direction concerning company policies, board governance, and risk management.
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NONPROFITS
This course is a “do-it-yourself” guide for nonprofits with limited resources. The course explains how nonprofit staff can do their own media outreach, set up their own low-cost website, start a social media program, and send their own e-blasts – all on a tight budget.
The seminar featured a special guest speaker from Red Door Interactive, a San Diego-based internet presence management firm. Nacole Gray from Red Door explained the importance of social media for nonprofits, how to set up social media profiles, and how to use social media for fundraising. Visit Red Door online: www.reddoor.biz
The basics of shopping for and eating healthy food on a budget were discussed by Dr Gloria Sotelo of Network for a Healthy California. She shared healthy and savory recipe options and encouraged creativity in the kitchen. In addition, Shawna McNally from the W.M. K Warren Medical Research Center shared information on Celiac Disease and gluten-intolerance. She provided eye opening information about the disease and shared her passion for finding new ways to offer gluten-free food to low income Celiacs.
Linda Shoob, CEO and founder of Organization Effectiveness Consultants, outlined a strategic planning guide geared specifically to nonprofit organizations. The workshop covered industry barriers, strategic thinking, goal setting, SWOT analysis, and role clarification. It also included networking and group discussions to facilitate growth and encourage critical thinking. Visit Organization Effectiveness Consultants online: www.OECStrategicSolutions.com.
Living sustainably and caring for the environment is an increasingly popular view. This course provided tips and information on how to go green on an organizational level. Tips included everything from forming a “Green Team” to buying food locally to growing your own garden. Kristin Hansen from UCSD’s Sustainability Team explained the many ways that UCSD is operating on a sustainable level, and encouraged our nonprofit partners to take steps of their own. A team from the International Rescue Committee explained the importance of making healthy, culturally appropriate food accessible to all people and promoted their community garden called New Roots. Finally a local gardener shared ideas for starting personal gardens, even when land is scarce.
“If you ever think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito!” –Wendy Lesko
September is national Hunger Action Month! It’s more important than ever for people to understand the impact of hunger in our community. Matt Heffernan from the County of San Diego provided information about county programs available to low income individuals and families. Knowledge of available resources is invaluable in the fight against hunger. Jennifer Tracy from the San Diego Hunger Coalition spoke on current policies undergoing legislation and encouraged anti-hunger advocates to speak out and take action.
TAKING ON THE HOLIDAYS
Hunger knows no season. This is a Food Bank motto and something our nonprofit partners fully understand. However, the holiday season (November and December) tends to be the busiest time of year. From holiday meals to food baskets to events, it takes a lot to prepare for the season. This workshop provided tips, tricks, and best practices for making this holiday season the most efficient one yet!
The nonprofit world is a constant balancing act. Each staff member and volunteer is asked to wear many hats and perform tasks outside of their given job description. The busyness of the holiday season typically exacerbates this flurry. Although stress cannot be avoided altogether, there are ways to manage the stress and conflict in your life. Psychology professor Lisa Black and SHARP Healthcare professional Michelle Balogh presented facts about stress and simple ways to create a more stress-free environment.
Volunteer services are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. Some nonprofits are even run by volunteers alone! Finding strong, dedicated, responsible volunteers is often a challenge, and encouraging them to keep coming back is a whole other battle. Sarah Adams from Volunteer San Diego showed attendees how to utilize her organization as a resource for recruiting volunteers. Angie Kretschmar and Guillermo Montje from New Seasons Church explained how they recruit and maintain hundreds of volunteers for their monthly distributions and annual Block Party event, serving over 5000 community members.