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Join us for Food Security Summit 2023! 

Food Bank For New York City’s annual “Food Security Summit” will take place on February 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square!  The one-day conference is all about bringing together hunger fighters from across our city and state to collaborate, brainstorm, and create solutions for a food secure future.

In accordance with this year’s conference theme of “We Rise,” programming will be centered on elevating the voices of those we serve and demonstrating how we as members of New York City’s largest emergency food network rise as innovators, cultural advocates, and first responders to meet their unique and varied needs.


Schedule of Events

8:15 AM Registration
8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
8:45 – 9:45 AM Welcome & State of the Network
10:00 – 11:15 AM Workshop #1
11:30 – 12:45 PM Workshop #2
1:00 – 2:15 PM Lunch & Awards Ceremony
2:30 – 3:45 PM Group Session
4:00 – 5:00 PM Closing Reception & Raffle


Session 1 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM 

In this snappy workshop, participants will receive a crash course on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “SNAP.” From reviewing the program’s major benefits to learning how to navigate eligibility and enrollment issues, this is the 101 you need to understand SNAP with confidence and ease.  

Engaging with local elected officials is a great way to boost morale and raise awareness about your organization. In this workshop, we’ll focus on how to develop relationships with elected officials, connect with government resources, and seek public funding for your programs. Come prepared by ensuring your organization is registered for NYC’s HHS accelerator: 

Are you seeking new sources of funding? Who isn’t! This workshop will cover how to apply for funding, how to leverage resources to engage with donor communities, and how to find information on funding opportunities. Workshop will include easy-to-follow toolkits and templates.  

Want to teach your neighbors about healthy eating, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the workshop for you! In it, we’ll give you the low down on how to identify relevant nutrition topics to your community, build a successful lesson plan, and, most importantly, get folks excited about nutrition and wellness. 

Let’s face it – health inspections can be scary and intimidating. But they don’t have to be! Learn how to nail your next health inspection in this fun workshop, featuring compliance know-how, insider tips, and a hands-on activity that lets YOU try on the inspector hat.  

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Our organizations depend upon volunteers, whose gifts of time and energy power our work when resources are stretched thin. But how do we keep these volunteers engaged? What steps can we take to ensure that they keep showing up? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a solid volunteer engagement plan that will enable you to create a thriving and impactful volunteer community. 

Every organization needs a clear, concise, and engaging mission statement that tells the world who they are and what they do. Learn how to craft the perfect mission statement in this engaging workshop, which covers best practices and helpful storytelling tips for communicating about your work and the communities you serve.  

Session 2: 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM 

In this panel discussion, a group of Food Bank member agencies will discuss their strategies for effective (and consistent!) fundraising. Come hear all about how these agencies avoid fundraising pitfalls and keep the momentum going through fundraising successes and failures.  

If we don’t tell our own stories, sadly other people will. So, in this session, we are covering the tips and best practices you need to create authentic digital content that raises the voices of those you serve and galvanizes the public to support your work. This workshop will include mock interviews and insights on the best free apps for creating video content. 

Deepen your management and communication skills in this leadership workshop! We’ll be talking about career advancement, how to navigate relationships with staff, volunteers, and donors, and how to grow as a leader while supporting your team.  

Learn all about the positive impacts of plant-based diets in this hands-on menu building workshop. The first half will cover the health benefits of plant-based diets as well as easy ways for you to incorporate healthy plant-based recipes into your regular meal rotation. The second half will see participants put this new knowledge to the test in a friendly competition of menu creation.

Get the tools and strategies you need to provide excellent customer service at your organization. You’ll learn how to handle difficult situations and ensure a great experience for your team, volunteers, and community members. Participants will walk through different scenarios to determine best business practices for dealing with difficult situations.  

Leaders of Food Bank’s Campus Pantry Program will share how they work to fight food insecurity for K-12 and college students across the five boroughs. Attendees will learn capacity building strategies and tools they can use to optimize their new or existing campus pantries.  

Starting a digital newsletter is a great way to keep donors, funders, and partners engaged in your work and allows you to demonstrate the impact you make for your communities every day. In this session, you’ll learn how to repurpose existing content to create newsletters your stakeholders will love. Not currently creating content? We’ll cover that, too! No matter the size of your readership, you’ll walk away with practical tips and takeaway tools you can use to build an amazing digital communication plan. 

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