UPDATES: WHAT'S NEW?
Greetings,

Happy Spring! Everyone seems to be coming out of hibernation and there are a ton of events, conferences, and opportunities available that are coming up. Check out everything below!

Also, if you recall from our conference in January, Catholic Social Services conducts an annual survey on their clients’ needs. They are gearing up for the 2015 version, so if you’re interested in surveying your clients, contact Liz Peteraf at epeteraf@chs-adphila.org.
GRANTS: WHAT'S AVAILABLE?
Microsoft and NBC are donating HP Stream 7 devices (up to 50 per organization, while supplies last), which you can request as part of the software donation. If your organization is interested in the Microsoft software donation and devices, please complete a grant application with the Invitation Code:  NBCToday15.  The application deadline is April 15th.

Microsoft is also offering free versions of Office 365 for eligible Non-Profits. Office 365 includes programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the cloud and is an excellent way to offload the costs of productivity solutions and server management.  You can learn more about applying for free access to Office 365 for Non-Profits here.

Cooking matters is offering a grant for grocery stores that want to give store tours to low income residents that help them identify cheap and healthy food options. The grants will help with the implementation of this program.
CONFERENCES: SAVE THE DATE!
Ursinus College is having a conference on “Safeguarding America’s Food Supply” which is focused on creating food policy from scientific evidence. The conference is April 10th and 11th.
 
The St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children is hosting a conference on healthy food and nutrition called “Fresh Rx: Fresh Food, A prescription for a healthier America”. It is all day on April 29th in Philadelphia.

The PA Nutrition Education Network is having their annual conference on May 4-5, 2015. The conference focuses on how to improve nutrition and diet in PA.
 
EVENTS: SAVE THE DATE!
The North Penn Health Collaborative is hosting a training on cultural competency led by Maurice Hall, PhD, Chairman, Dept. of Communications, Villanova University. The event will focus on how to navigate difficult intercultural conversations and interactions. The event takes place on April 21st from 9-11pm. Register here.  

Join the Stroehmann Walk+Run Against Hunger, a funfilled 5K event that raises much-needed funds for more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. It is on Saturday April 11th, learn more at the website.
 
MontCo is having a Volunteer Fair that will be held on June 18th from 204pm at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library, 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA. Registration information is coming soon!
RESOURCES: WHAT'S AVAILABLE?
Sesame Street has a Food For Thought program that helps parents learn about and teach their kids how to eat well on a budget. They have resources online at
www.sesamestreet.org/food   as well as toolkits that nonprofits can order for free.  The resources include recipies, activities, and tips on healthy eating.

The Food Funder Affinity Group put together a newsletter with a List of resources which has a list of job postings, food news, events, and more!
COALITIONS: AROUND THE COUNTY!
If you’re a food provider, please join a coalition near you!
  • InterCounty Food Network (Western + adjacent counties) is meeting from 10am-12pm on Monday, May 11th. It will be held at the Open Link. Contact Sherrie Fazekas at sfazekas@pottstowncluster.org .
  • The Nutrition Coalition (North Penn) is meeting at 9am on May 21st at the Lamb Foundation, 114 North Main Street North Wales, PA 19454. Contact Julie McCabe for more information at Julie@mannaonmain.org.
  • Advocates Against Hunger (Norristown) is meeting on April 17th from 12-2 at the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc, 6 Sentry Parkway, East, Suite 302. Contact Kary LaFors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com.
  • The Eastern coalition had its second meeting at the end of February, and is planning on meeting again in late April or early May, contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get updates about upcoming meetings.
Thanks for reading, happy Passover and happy Easter everyone!
MAHN Newsletter, 4.1.2015
For more information, contact montcoantihungernetwork@gmail.com
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