Food Security & the Presidential Debate
For the first time in Presidential debate history, the public is being polled on potential questions for the candidates. The Open Debate Coalition, a coalition of advocacy and policy organizations from across the political spectrum, has made a deal with the TV networks to take public suggestion for Presidential debate questions. The 30 questions that receive the most votes will be considered. Right now questions about guns, refugees, voter ID, benefits fraud, immigrants, border security and more have thousands of votes.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has submitted a question on food insecurity and we’re getting an amazing response.
Click on this link to vote for a question on food insecurity.

After you vote, here is how you could spread the word!
  1.     Post this link to your social media. You can also share from MAZON’s Facebook.
  2.     Post the link on your website.
  3.     Email your lists, board of directors, donors and anti-poverty colleagues and partners.
  4.     Urge your staff to vote.
  5.     Pass it along to your personal networks.
Let’s hit 1,000 votes in 24 hours! We can do it! Click Here.
HealthSpark Capacity Grants Applications Due!

The October 14 Deadline for the Fall Capacity Grants from HealthSpark Foundation is fast approaching! 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 and at 215-716-5407.
Peer Learning Circle Resources
Thank you to everyone for attending our September 9 Peer Learning Circle! For those who weren't able to make it, here are some of the resources we made available: We'll be hosting another Peer Learning Circle in the coming months! Keep your eyes out for details! Any questions, please contact Sean Breslin at
Nonprofit Workshops & Trainings
The Montgomery County Foundation is presenting two upcoming training opportunities:

Thursday, October 20 (9:00-11:00am) 

Capturing and Communicating Outcomes
Presented by Meghan McVety, MPA, Principal and Co-Founder of Capacity for Change, LLC
This workshop will explore what it means to be a high-impact organization, how to capture impacts and outcomes, and how to share them with greatest success.
Free-of-charge - or 484-532-7387 to register.

Wednesday, November 9 (9:00am-Noon)
Human Resources Best Practices: The Musts, the Shoulds, and the Don'ts 
Presented by Patricia "Tish" Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
Based on the Standards for Excellence® guidelines, this program aims to increase effectiveness in your human resource practices and lessen your legal risks.
Please register with PANO directly: Link to Registration

Additionally, RSVP of Montgomery County is offering the following event:

Tuesday, November 15 (10:00am to Noon)
Marketing: A Recipe for Survival

Presented by Jerry Rosenau, Professor Emeritus at Philadelphia University, and Sylvia Lifschitz Ph.D. pharmaceutical industry consultant
This workshop will provide valuable insights and help Non Profits develop a marketing strategy, including market research, components of a marketing plan, and components of a promotional plan.
Registration fee of $20 per person. Click here to register.
The InterCounty Food Network will meet in the fall. For more information, contact Monica Oswald at

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

Advocates Against Hunger will meet next on October 22. Contact Kary LaFors at for more information.

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

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

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