Education & Training

2012 Network Summit Highlights

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank hosted its second Network Summit and dedicated an entire day to learning, sharing and strengthening relationships in the communities we serve. The theme for the 2012 Network Summit was Wiser Today. Stronger Tomorrow.

The 2012 Network Summit was attended by 328 agency members. On the left-side navigation of this page you will find links to all of the follow-up materials from this year's meeting.


Below was the agenda for the 2012 Network Summit.

FRIDAY, August 17, 2012

8:30 am Registration Opens
Enjoy coffee and conversation with your Foodbank network.

9:00 am Welcome & Keynote Presentation
Hear remarks from the President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Daniel R. Flowers, followed by a keynote presentation by Joel Berg, a nationally recognized leader in the fields of hunger, food security and community service.

11:30 am Break Out Session I
Please see the enclosed list of break out sessions and their descriptions. Each session will be repeated at 1:45 pm.

12:30 pm Lunch
Enjoy a boxed lunch and conversation with your Foodbank network. A brief presentation by William Shivers, President of Huntington Bank’s Greater Akron/Canton Region, will also be included. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register for the Network Summit.

1:45 pm Break Out Session II
Please see the enclosed list of break out sessions and their descriptions.

2:30 pm Closing Remarks & Equipment Prize Drawings




Break Out Sessions

Participants were able to attend two break out sessions during the Network Summit. At each session, attendees got to hear from subject experts along with fellow member agencies sharing best practices. Below is a list of sessions that were offered and the corresponding materials.


CHOOSE CHOICE! Choice Pantry Panel
Through this dynamic panel discussion, representatives from Client Choice Pantries will share their personal experiences and answer questions. Learn about the benefits and concerns your agency may have about switching to a Client Choice Pantry.

Candy Petticord, Middlebury Chapel
Lori Scobbe, Helping Hands Ministry, Northside Christian Church
Shirley Davis, Lakemore United Methodist Church

"Choice Pantry: The smarter, easier and most effective way to service your client, meet their needs, and stretch your food dollars farther." - Candy Petticord
"Providing food to nourish the body, and dignity to feed the spirit." - Lori Scobbe
"The choice pantry method will make your life easier and the client's life more dignified." - Shirley Davis

Choice Pantry Discussion Questions


Advocacy and the Power of Storytelling
Effective stories can bring issues to life, turning dull data points into legislative campaign game changers. How do you find, craft and use the stories to illustrate the value of your organization with the media, within your community and with your elected officials?

Michelle Hinton, Director of External Affairs, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Will Petrik, Outreach Director, Advocates for Ohio's Future

Advocacy and the Power of Storytelling PowerPoint
Foodbank Advocacy Network Information


Government Resources to Help Fight Hunger
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) provides a wide variety of financial reimbursement support for child feeding programs. Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Nora Balduff, Director of Child and Senior Nutrition, Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Marie Seften-Deitz, Director, Canton Calvary Mission

Government Resources to Help Fight Hunger PowerPoint


Open Space
Good conversation, creative thinking and deep learning with fellow agency representatives. In this interactive breakout session you set the agenda the day of the meeting. Sharing best practices, learning about community success stories, or discussing challenges - the dialogue is up to you.

Jill Oldham, Director, Programs and Member Services, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Adrienne Bradley, Capacity Development Coordinator, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Katie Carver, Member Services Coordinator, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Laura Bennett, Vice President & COO, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Open Space Overview


Food Insecurity, Weight & Health
Food insecurity, not having access to enough food at all times to maintain an active, healthy life, increases risk for being overweight and in poor health. Learn the basic facts about the obesity epidemic and strategies that your agency can implement to be part of the solution.

Melanie Offineer, Dietetic Intern, The University of Akron

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Handout


Special Guest

Joel Berg currently serves as the Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Since 2001, Berg has led the New York City Coalition Against Hunger which represents the more than 1,100 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the nearly 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers who live in households that cannot afford enough food. The Coalition works not only to meet these residents’ immediate food needs, but also to enact innovative solutions to help society move “beyond the soup kitchen” to self-sufficiency. The Coalition recently launched pilot national service projects in 17 states from coast to coast, making the work of the organization national in scope.

Prior to his work with the Coalition, Berg served for eight years in the Clinton Administration in senior executive service positions at the USDA. For two years, he acted as USDA Coordinator of Community Food Security, a new position in which he created and implemented the first-ever federal initiative to better enable faith-based and other nonprofit groups to fight hunger, bolster food security and help low-income Americans move out of poverty.

Hunger and SNAP Facts

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