Happy summer everyone! This was a big month for food providers in MontCo! Read on to find out more about grant opportunities, events such as the NPCHF peer learning circle, and recaps of the great work that MontCo’s local coalitions are doing.
The North Penn Community Health Foundation is hosting its first Peer Learning Circle for food pantries in the county! This group is being formed after everyone’s enthusiastic response at the January conference. The overall purpose for the group is to gain and share knowledge, build our countywide network and improve the food safety net for those in need in Montgomery County. The Meeting is on Wednesday, June 10th, from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Community Partners Center for Health and Human Services in the Walton room on 2506 N. Broad Street, Colmar, PA. Please RSVP to Tamela Luce at TLuce@npchf.org by June 8th to reserve your spot.

Catholic Social Services of Montgomery County is changing its large food pantry into a choice model! It will be closing down for business from May 29th to June 7th for renovations and re-opening on Monday, June 8th as “Choice”. CSS will be hosting a Food Fest and Flea Market on the premises (353 e Johnson highway) on Saturday, June 6th from 8:00am-4:00pm. This will include home baked goods, raffle items, moon bounce, ribs, and more. The event will also give people a chance to walk through its newly renovated pantry. Feel free to come out, eat, and enjoy! CSS could also use volunteers for the party as well as to help with the renovations, contact Liz or Mandi at 610-279-7372 if you are interested or have any questions.

DVRPC is having a Healthy Communities Task Force meeting on Monday, June 8th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This meeting will focus on the intersection of the transportation of goods and people, air quality, and healthy communities.  It’s held at the APC Building on the 8th Floor at 190 N Independence Mall West Philadelphia. RSVP by Monday, June 1st by emailing health@dvrpc.org.

The PA Nutrition Education Network is hosting one day workshops on Linking Cultural Diversity and Nutrition through Technology. There is one in Philly on August 3rd and one in Gettysburg on August 6th. Check out the event page to find out more.
The National Farm to School Network and the Walmart Foundation are giving away grants up to $5,000 dollars that aim to bring local, nutritious food into schools. 100 grants will be given out in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania! The applications are due on June 15th. Click here to learn more or to apply.
Bread for the World is hiring a Regional Organizer. The person in this position will help build, organize and strengthen a regional grassroots network to help Bread for the World accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty in the United States and internationally. To apply or read more check out the job posting.  
This month, on Saturday, May 23rd, Advocates Against Hunger held a Produce Market in Norristown. It gave away a variety of fresh produce to over 225 families! The event was run by AAH with the help of exactly 70 volunteers. If you have questions about the produce market or Advocates Against Hunger, contact Kary Lafors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com.
On Saturday, May 23rd, six pantries in the Nutrition Coalition put on a fresh food drive at their local ShopRite in Hatfield. The coalition members set up a donation station outside of the store, handed shoppers flyers about what produce they could donate and then collected the food as shoppers left the store. In total, NC received almost 900 lbs. of fresh produce! The coalition received a warm welcome from the shoppers; one man actually came out with a full cart that was just for the donations station! Many other shoppers commented that this was a wonderful event because it made it so easy for people to help. If you have any questions about the Nutrition Coalition or the food drive, please contact Julie McCabe at Julie@mannaonmain.org.
This month, the InterCounty Food Network decided to have a speaker come to its regularly scheduled meeting. Julie McCabe, the facilitator of the Nutrition Coalition, came and spoke to the group about all of the work that NC has done to date. This includes the coalition's fresh produce drives, redistributing excess produce the coalition members, and sharing best practices.

At the meeting, Philabundance also handed out milk coupons to the six pantries in attendance. Philabundance received the coupons as part of the Great American Milk Drive, a national campaign organized by Feeding America & the National Dairy Council. This campaign matches donations dollar-for-dollar for coupons that are good for the redemption of one free gallon or half gallon of white milk up to a $4.50 value at any retail location. The campaign was created in response to the recognition that milk is a highly requested item at food cupboards, but that it can be difficult for providers to meet the demand.
InterCounty Food Network (Western + adjacent counties) is taking the summer off and will meet again from 10:00am-12:00pm on September 14th. It will be held at Daily Bread Pantry at 845 Gravel Pike, Schwenksville, PA 19473. Monica Oswald has taken over as the new facilitator of the IFN, so please contact her at foodcupboard@theopenlink.org

The Nutrition Coalition (North Penn) is meeting at 9:00am on June 25th 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) will have their next meeting soon at the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc, at 6 Sentry Parkway, East, Suite 302. Contact Kary LaFors at AdvocatesAHLaFors@aol.com.

The Eastern coalition is planning on meeting again in late June, contact Pat Druhan at pdruhan@cadcom.org to get updates about upcoming meetings.

That’s all, thanks for reading!
MAHN Newsletter, 6.1.15
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