SAVE THE DATE: Peer Learning Circle
Mark your calendars, everyone! The next Peer Learning Circle meeting will be held on Friday, July 29 at HealthSpark Foundation, 2506 N Broad Street, Colmar PA. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by lunch provided by HealthSpark Foundation for those who wish to stay.

At this Peer Learning Circle Meeting, we will be continuing the discussions from the May 20 MAHN Conference at Advanced Living Communities. Now that we are looking toward a hunger-free future, what steps do we need to take to get there? What needs to be in place to get us there? No one person can answer these questions, but together we can find a way forward.

The Peer Learning Circle is open to all pantry managers and volunteers in Montgomery County. This free meeting provides an opportunity for attendees to share ideas and find common solutions. For more information, please contact Robin Rifkin at robinrifkin@comcast.net.
NEXT STEPS FOR MAHN
The MAHN Governing Board has begun a strategic planning process that will take its activities into the next several years. Over the past two years, we've focused on studying the food pantry network and devising efficient ways to get more nutritious food to MontCo communities. We've conducted surveys and conferences, opened an additional produce hub in Lansdale, and enlisted Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as a Redistribution Organization (RDO) which allows them to share Philabundance food with other pantries. Now, we're looking to build on the work we've done with an eye toward supporting pantries and serving our clients' needs.

The lineup on the Governing Board has changed a bit since we started. Here are the current Governing Board members:
  • Rich Aichele, Keystone Opportunity Center
  • Sean Breslin, Philabundance
  • Stu Bush, The Open Link
  • Patrick Druhan, CADCOM
  • Kary LaFors, Advocates Against Hunger
  • Suzan Neiger-Gould, Manna on Main Street
  • Patrick Walsh, Catholic Social Services
  • Susan Wenrick, Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services
  • Barbara Wilhelmy, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
We still have more work to do to understand the food system and to improve distribution methods, and we want to make sure we're focused and deliberate in how we proceed. We want to hear from you.
If you have questions about MAHN and the Governing Board, or ideas for how this organization can better serve Montgomery County, please don't hesitate to reach out to Sean Breslin at Philabundance. You can email him at sbreslin@philabundance.org.
GRANTS: WHAT'S AVAILABLE

The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications to its Nonprofit Training Research Fund, which awards grants of up to $1,000 to community-based organizations wishing to send one or more employees to an approved class/course that will enhance their job performance.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be public school or other qualified state or local governmental entity, and not be classified as a private foundation; have a mission/focus that promotes affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals, increased economic (small business) development, financial literacy for low- and moderate-income people, or afterschool or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children; be located within a TD Bank, North America market area; and comply with the TD Charitable Foundation’s anti-discrimination policy.

Appropriate use of funds includes classes and courses that are relevant to the job performed by the employee(s) performs, including one-day classes or part of a certification program.

See the TD Charitable Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

https://www.tdbank.com/community/training_resource_fund_guidelines.html

PANTRY VISITS FROM MAHN
I've been spending a lot of time on the road this summer, trekking through Montgomery County to visit pantries and soup kitchens. These one-on-one meetings are a chance for me to get to know the organizations serving the county, and they are long overdue. I'd like to learn more about your pantry, the coalition to which you belong, and how MAHN, the coalitions, the pantries, and Philabundance can all work together to combat hunger in our communities. 

If I have not reached out to you or your organization yet, please feel free to contact me. Let's set up a time for a visit!

Sean Breslin
Manager - Member Relations
Philabundance
sbreslin@philabundance.org
(215) 339-0900 x2058
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.on July 21, 2016 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 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, July 2016
For more information, contact montcoantihungernetwork@gmail.com
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