September 10, 2019
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Breakfast & Registration
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Local Action, Statewide Impact
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Morning Skill Sessions
- How We Communicate Hunger: Patrick Boyle, Sheboygan County Food Bank & Jonathan Hansen, Hunger Task Force
People who care about hunger have questions– often very basic in nature– about hunger and those in need. And like it or not, that pantry sign outside your door says you are a local authority on hunger. This session will explore the ways we talk hunger and need to others—and the benefits of assuming a visible leadership role on hunger in your community. Attendees will take home strategies that provide an opportunity to shape and inform their communities’ understanding of hunger, as well as tactics to overcome challenges.
- Food for Today: An Interactive Hunger Simulation: Bard Meier, Hunger Task Force
Gain a greater understanding of hunger and the complex issues that impact those living in poverty. The simulation reproduces the challenges that confront low-income individuals and families struggling to feed themselves and their families. During this facilitated role-play, program participants assume the roles of a cross-section of community residents, some middle-class, others struggling with extreme needs and poverty.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Feast or Famine? A Problem-Solving Forum on Resource Challenges
Wisconsin anti-hunger organizations faced unique resource challenges in 2019- and will likely see more in 2020. This forum will be an interactive, guided discussion on the current and changing state of hunger relief in Wisconsin. Attendees will be challenged to identify local barriers to service and capacity, discuss trends related to hunger relief, and provide feedback on what works—and what doesn’t. The discussion will lay the groundwork for local, regional and statewide initiatives.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Stand for Your Mission: How to Start the Board Conversation About Advocacy
Lunch Plenary featuring Frank Martinelli, Center for Public Skills Training
It will take more than food to end hunger, yet one of the biggest mistakes nonprofit board members make is deciding not to engage in advocacy because they believe they’re prohibited by law from
doing so. This is simply not true. Advocacy is one of the most effective tools nonprofits and foundations can use to advance their mission and serve their communities. The combination of
advocacy and direct services can dramatically increase the mission impact of any nonprofit. Gain an understanding of issue advocacy and public policy work, getting credible information on this critical topic. Frank Martinelli has over 35 years of work, training, consulting, and organizing experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development and community partnership and alliance building.
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Skill Sessions
- Maintaining Healthy Donor Data: Best Practices for Food Pantries: Elizabeth Hall, Hunger Task Force
As stewards of limited donor dollars, every penny counts. So how should food pantries track donors? Whether using a simple spreadsheet or a complex database, this training will help
participants identify donor management best practices, helping to define effective strategies to help an any-size organization establish viability as their community’s leading local anti-hunger
- Leveraging Resources: Responding to Child Hunger in Your Community: Leen Bnyat & Catie Boon, Hunger Task Force
Learn how to connect families, schools, and organizations to anti-hunger initiatives in your community. Walk through newly-developed resources designed to help anyone advocate for strategic use of vital child nutrition programs across Wisconsin. In addition to participating in this interactive workshop, attendees will take home evidence-based toolkits and resources to help you feel confident in supporting the child hunger needs of your community.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Final Skill Sessions
- Policy Briefing: What Anti-Hunger Advocates Need to Know for 2020: Maureen Fitzgerald, Hunger Task Force
Policy changes are happening every day that affect the lives of those struggling to afford food. Learn the latest on changes to local, state and federal laws that will have a direct impact on low-income families and individuals. Find out how you can take action on specific issues as a Voice Against Hunger.
- Launching A Rural Mobile Market: The FRESH Project: Barbara Mendoza, The FRESH Project
Learn more about The FRESH Project’s Mobile Market and how this simple yet strategic collaboration between farmers and a local Wisconsin non-profit serves to connect those in need with healthy food items. Take home ideas to be used in your community.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Stronger Together: Where We Go From Here
What should local anti-hunger organizations focus on in 2020? Debrief what was learned and determine top local, regional and statewide priorities to address local hunger and need.
5:00 p.m. Member Recognition & Social Hour
Unwind with drinks and appetizers as members are recognized for their achievements in advocacy as local hunger fighters.
Download a printable version of the workshop schedule here.