CONFERENCE SUCCESS!
Food providers, foundations, social service organizations, scholars and concerned citizens came together to attend the 2016 Montgomery County Food Provider Conference! With help from Robin Rifkin and Terry LaBan, we came up with examples of our triumphs and opportunities to improve our service together. Thank you to everyone who attended the Montgomery County Emergency Food Provider Conference. Your hard work, thoughtful participation, and collaboration made the day a huge success, and we're looking forward to next year's event!

Before we dive into the photos, here are some resources that came out of the event: And now, some shots from the event:


County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh introduces our keynote speaker.


Janet Poppendieck gives attendees a brief history of emergency food in America.


Robin Rifkin leads group discussions about our next steps while Terry LaBan offers visual representations of our ideas.


Advocates Against Hunger table.


Intercounty Food Network table.


Collaborative brainstorming work.


Conference attendees mingle before lunch.


Members of the Bucks County community joined in our efforts.


The close of a successful meeting. 

Special thanks to Kendra Gudgeon, Deputy Director of Community Food Programs at Philabundance and Acting Photographer Extraordinaire! 
 
WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

At the conference, Janet Poppendieck urged attendees to be more involved in the political process, and we ask you to take a step toward advocacy today. Join Hunger-Free Pennsylvania in urging the Pennsylvania Legislative Body to invest in the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) which enables Pennsylvania’s charitable food providers to provide nutritious food to low-income families, children, seniors, and others threatened by hunger. The Pennsylvania Agriculture Surplus System (PASS) provides the means for farmers and food producers to partner with these providers to benefit both our most vulnerable citizens and Pennsylvania agriculture.

Our goal is to show the groundswell of support from as many Pennsylvanians to their respective elected officials so they feel an overwhelmingly need to increase the program funding for SFPP to $21 million and PASS to $5 million.

Click here to contact your representative and urge them to increase funding for these vital programs!
PARTNERSHIP IN POTTSTOWN
At the conference, Philabundance and Pottstown Cluster of Religious communities entered into a special agreement which will allow both organizations to serve Western Montgomery County more effectively. As a Redistribution Organization (RDO), Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will play a key role in getting food to pantries in their area, and together with Philabundance they hope to increase the amount of healthy products available for clients in the region.
 

Philabundance Executive Director Glenn Bergman and Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy sign an agreement to collaboratively distribute food to pantries in Montgomery County.

If you have questions about the agreement or would like to learn more about RDOs, contact Sean Breslin at sbreslin@philabundance.org.
COALITIONS: AROUND THE COUNTY!
The InterCounty Food Network will meet in summer 2016. For more information, contact Monica Oswald at foodcupboard@theopenlink.org.

The Nutrition Coalition will meet.on July 21, 2016 at Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, PA. Contact Britt Peterson for more information at Britt@mannaonmain.org.

Advocates Against Hunger will meet at 3:30 p.m. on June 14, at the Montgomery County Foundation, 4 Sentry Parkway, Blue Bell PA, 19422. Contact Kary LaFors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com for more information.

The Eastern MontCo Pantry Coalition will meet in the summer. Contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get information about upcoming meetings. 

The Main Line Coalition will meet in the summer. Contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get information about upcoming meetings.

That’s all, thanks everyone!
MAHN Newsletter, June 2016
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