Working Together to End Hunger Will Be Focus of Food Bank’s 25th Annual Conference

April 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Food Bank of Central New York will host its 25th Annual Member Programs Conference & Community Awareness Day on Friday, April 25th at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool. The conference is presented by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. The theme of this year’s conference is “We Are All Working to End Hunger”. The event gives Food Bank the opportunity to share pertinent information about hunger issues and trends in central and northern New York with our emergency food network partners and the community.

The day is broken into a morning and afternoon session. The morning session will feature volunteer recognition and two speakers. Food Bank will recognize the outstanding volunteers nominated by our member programs. Then attendees will hear from Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. Mr. Knott will share a national perspective on hunger, outline broad strategies Feeding America is pursuing in the fight to end hunger, and share Feeding America’s perspective on the importance of local, regional and national collaboration. For the final portion of the morning session, Lieutenant John Anderson will focus on the issue of Situational Awareness and will introduce law enforcement and first responders’ strategies for identifying and responding to threatening situations.

The afternoon session, which begins at 1:30pm, will feature nine workshops. Attendees can choose from topics such as SNAP updates, nutrition for older adults, volunteerism, food safety, improved operational support and helping people live healthier lives. The day will also feature resource tables for member programs to gather information and best practices to share with their clients.

“This is an opportunity for our programs to come together, share the knowledge they have and meet their fellow partners in the fight to reduce food insecurity. We are pleased to have two engaging speakers share their expertise with our programs. It is sure to be a day filled with networking, best practice sharing and moving toward our next action plan in helping to feed our hungry neighbors,” shared Kathleen Stress, executive director of Food Bank of CNY.

The daylong event will see participants from the entire 11-county service area of the Food Bank with a goal for Food Bank and our member programs to better collaborate to end hunger in central and northern New York.

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community.  Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 13,420,441 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.