SAVE THE DATE: Peer Learning Circle
We're excited for the next Peer Learning Circle on Friday, September 9. This session will focus on grant writing, financial record keeping, and brand management, and will feature a panel discussion with representatives of the Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, the Claneil Foundation and the Patricia Kind Family Foundation. Through presentations and breakout sessions, we hope this event can give your pantry new tools to secure funding for the work you're doing.

The Peer Learning Circle will be Friday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m to noon. Following the formal presentation, HealthSpark is providing lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. for those who wish to stay for more in-depth conversation. HealthSpark is hosting the event at the Community Partners Center for Health and Human Services, 2506 N. Broad Street, Colmar, PA  18915. Please RSVP to Tamela Luce at tluce@healthspark.org by Wednesday, September 7. 
CAPACITY GRANTS FROM
HEALTHSPARK
Applications for the next round of pantry capacity grants from HealthSpark Foundation will soon be available. The foundation will once again offer grants of up to $10,000 to emergency food providers in Montgomery County in 6 different categories:
 
1. Data collection and evaluation
2. Physical and/or safety improvements to pantry space
3. Staff and/or board development
4. Strategic/business planning
5. Systems or operating improvements (including technology and accounting systems)
6. Transitioning to a choice pantry model
Capacity building activities are designed to assist an organization to operate more effectively and efficiently so it can best serve clients and the community. Activities should be completed within six months. Pantries may submit one project for consideration.
 
Anyone interested in applying is strongly encouraged to contact Senior Program Officer Tamela Luce at tluce@healthspark.org and at 215-716-5407 before submitting an application to discuss the proposed project.
 
Pantries may also wish to attend the next Peer Learning Circle meeting on Friday, September 9th. During lunch (12:00 – 1:30), foundation staff will give an overview of the grants program and provide some tips on submitting the best proposal. Those new to grant writing may find this particularly helpful. Email Tamela to RSVP.

The foundation will send an email out to pantries when they begin accepting applications. In the meantime, review the foundation’s website for more information on this grant program.
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES &
JOB OPENINGS
RSVP of Montgomery County is hosting two upcoming training sessions for non-profits:
  • How To Develop a Fund Raising Plan: Understanding the Basics for Success
    Tuesday, September 20
    10 a.m. to noon
    Register for this event
  • Grant Research and Writing Workshop
    Tuesday, October 18
    10 a.m. to noon
    Register for this event
Each event is $20 per person. For more information, contact RSVP of Montgomery County at (610) 834-1040.

Manna on Main Street is hiring! In advance of their move to North Penn Commons, Manna on Main Street is looking to fill positions for their Cafe Manager and Chef Instructor. If you know of someone who would be a good fit, please forward the attached job descriptions!
NEW PANTRY SUPPLY OPPORTUNITY
Even if your pantry is not a Philabundance member, you can purchase food from Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store in Chester, PA. As part of the Philabundance family, Fare & Square's mission is to eliminate “food deserts” in impacted communities and provide easy access to healthy fruits, vegetables, and affordable grocery staples such as deli meats and cheeses, butchered meat, fresh dairy products. Fare & Square is now processing orders directly from food pantries and providing delivery at little or no charge.

If you're currently purchasing food directly from grocery stores, look into the competitive pricing that Fare & Square can offer your organization. For more information, please check out Fare & Square's Frequently Asked Questions. If you'd like to talk to someone at the store, you can contact Matt Geiger at (609) 792-3997 or Mike Basher at (215) 964-5414.
ABAWD TOOLKIT
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. has published a newly revised toolkit on the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) changes to SNAP Benefits. Please click here to download the document. As we continue to move through this policy change, this toolkit gives you more information on how the changes might affect your clients. 
ARTICLES AND LINKS
In Washington D.C., the Capital Area Food Bank is no longer accepting sodas, candy, and sheet cakes. The food bank analyzing their practices and their ability to meet nutritional needs, and made the decision to work with donors to attract healthy donations to their shelves. With  more people regularly relying on food banks and pantries for a majority of their meals, Capital Area Food Bank wanted to make sure their products did not contribute to long-term health problems. Learn more about how they transformed their organization here.

We're getting some press! The Times-Herald recently ran a piece on Norristown-area food pantries and their work meeting the needs of the community. 

http://civileats.com/2016/08/15/why-this-food-bank-is-turning-away-junk-food/
COALITIONS: AROUND THE COUNTY!
The InterCounty Food Network will meet in September 2016. For more information, contact Monica Oswald at foodcupboard@theopenlink.org.

The Nutrition Coalition will meet.September 8 at 9 a.m. at Manna on Main Street in Lansdale, PA. Contact Britt Peterson for more information at Britt@mannaonmain.org.

Advocates Against Hunger will meet next on October 1. Contact Kary LaFors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com for more information.

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

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

That’s all, thanks everyone!
MAHN Newsletter, August 2016
For more information, contact montcoantihungernetwork@gmail.com
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