Education & Training

2011 Network Summit Highlights

The 2011 Network Summit was held on November 4, 2011 at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Ravenna, Ohio.  The meeting provided the opportunity for our member agencies to network, find out what other agencies are doing, and to share best practices.  The topics and breakout sessions included: How to Build Community Relationships, Leveraging Community Resources, Succession Planning, Building Technology, Food Trends, Choice Pantries, and The Ohio Benefit Bank.

Each agency with a representative in attendance had chances to win valuable equipment including a laptop, file cabinets, handcarts, shelving units and refrigeration blankets.  The odds of winning were based on the number of monthly reports submitted by the agency so far this year. 

The video below provides a short overview of the meeting set to music.


Network Summit Packet Materials

2011 Network Summit Agenda
Food Procurement Questionnaire
Advocacy Sign-up
Give-away Prize Descriptions
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services County Offices
Informational Websites
2011 Network Summit Evaluation
Emergency Feeding Site List by County

Network Summit Agenda

Below you will find the agenda for the 2011 Network Summit.  You may view each session's presentation materials by clicking on the links.


8:00 am Registration Opens
Enjoy coffee and conversation with your Foodbank network.

9:00 am Welcome & Keynote Presentation
Opening remarks from the President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Daniel R. Flowers followed by a keynote presentation from Feeding America’s Director of Capability Development, Mitzi D. Baum.

10:00 am Community Café: Creating our vision for a hunger-free community
The power of conversation is so invisible and natural that it is often overlooked. By engaging in conversations that matter, you will see how our collective wisdom can create efficiencies, establish strong partnerships or confront even the most difficult challenges.

12:00 pm Lunch
Charles Allen, Director of Product Development at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank presents What’s on the Menu? Understanding Trends in Food Sourcing.

1:00 pm Break Out Session I

2:00 pm Break Out Session II

3:00 pm Closing Remarks & Equipment Prize Drawings

Network Summit Break Out Sessions

Participants were able to attend two break out sessions in the afternoon. At each session, participants  heard from subject experts along with fellow member agencies offering best practices. Below is a list of sessions that were offered.  You may click on each session to see its corresponding presentation materials.

Leveraging Community Resources
Garnering support for your food program can be more than passing the collection plate and holding a bake sale. Learn from professional fundraisers and other agency members who are making the most of resources in their community.

Technology 101
Email, online ordering and electronic monthly reports, oh my! If you do not currently use a computer for the management of your food program activities, this is the session for you. Learn about inexpensive ways to access a computer and basic software.

Technology 201
Are you ready to move beyond computer basics? Learn how social media can benefit your program and how to use simple database software to track program service statistics and donors.

Ohio Benefit Bank
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) is a web-based program that is available for Ohioans who are in need of support programs like food assistance, health coverage, HEAP and prescription assistance. With a computer, printer and internet access, your agency can help clients connect to these valuable programs. 

Planning for the Future
Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing people within your organization to fill key leadership roles. Whether paid staff or volunteers run your program, transitions in leadership can be challenging. Does your organization have a plan? This session will equip you with tools to get started.

Choice Pantry Displays
Nine member agencies are spotlighted for their best practices in providing some form of "Choice" for their pantry clients.

Alliance Community Pantry (Stark)
Crown Hill Food Pantry (Wayne)
First Apostolic Faith (Summit)
Green Good Neighbors (Summit)
Helping Hands Ministry (Medina)
Journey's End (Tuscarawas)
Loaves & Fishes (Carroll)
Love Center Food Pantry (Holmes)
Randolph Suffield Atwater Community Food Shelf (Portage)

Network Summit Guest Speakers

Mitzi D. BaumMitzi D. Baum has been a member of the Feeding America team for 14 years. In her current role as Director of Capability Development, she is focused on supporting the food bank network in expanding access to food at the local level. Mitzi played a lead role in the transformation of three member food banks in the network that were underperforming and have now transitioned to providing increased, equitable service throughout their respective areas.

Daniel R. FlowersDaniel R. Flowers has been the President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank since 2003. During his tenure, the Foodbank has experienced significant growth increasing food distribution from 9.1 million pounds to more than 19.2 million pounds in 2010. Dan led the Foodbank through a building expansion project and into a newly renovated state of the art facility in 2007.

Charles AllenCharles Allen is in his tenth year at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, currently serving as the Director of Product Development. He also serves as a member of Feeding America’s Food Safety Task Force, the Northern Ohio Associated Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives and the East Central Ohio Food Dealers Association. Chuck brings extensive knowledge and experience of food purchasing programs and logistics to the entire food bank network.

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