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The following resources are helpful for food banks that are in rural and remote locations. If you have questions, please contact Terry Garner, Member Services Director, at terry@cafoodbanks.org.

 

Remote Rural Food Bank (RRFB) modules 

 

The Remote Rural Food Bank (RRFB) modules provide a framework for an exchange of valuable information unique to remote rural communities. These modules offer a starting place for those looking to develop services where none exist and also updated material for seasoned leaders who want to advance specific areas. In addition to our communities being isolated, the leaders can be, too. The relationships formed with colleagues through these conversations in other remote communities is critical to growth and viability. 

Any leader who does this work knows it is multifaceted and the information is constantly changing. Creating a network of leaders savvy to such complexities will strengthen the community. The nine modules are focused on different areas of food bank operations and include unique remote rural challenges, best practices, and useful contacts and resources. The modules were completed in July 2016, following a year of collaborative effort by four California food bank directors.  

Food Sources
Federal Food Sources (USDA, EFAP and CSFP)...Purchased Food (Farm to Family, private vendors and group buys)...Corporate Donations (Feeding America, local corporate)...Food Reclamation, Gleaning, Growing... Local Food Drives...Advocacy Issues


Staff & Volunteers
Paid Staff Hiring...Volunteer Staff Recruitment and Retention...Advocacy Issues

 

Fund Development
Government Grants (federal, state, pass-through to local)... Fund Development Plans...Private Funders (Sources/Approach, Donor Relations, Wills & Bequests, Donor Software)...Advocacy Issues

 

Board Development
Board Number, Structure and Representation... Board Functioning & Responsibilities...Alternative Structures: Advisory Councils... Advocacy Issues

 

Program Development
Community Needs & Assests Assessment...Direct Services–Food Distribution... Special Events...Homebound Delivery Program...Food Delivery to COmmunity Locations...Nutrition Education and Outreach... Advocacy Issues

 

Community Partnerships & Effective Messaging
Building Community Partnerships & Effective Messaging... 
Advocacy Issues 
 
 
Disaster Planning
Disaster Planning...Lessons Learned about Effective Response... 
Post Disaster Issues...Advocacy Issues 
 
 
 
Fleet, Large Equipment, Facilities, Infrastructure
Food Transport Vehicles...Large Equipment...Facilities and Infrastructure...
Advocacy Issues 
 
 
Licensing, Certifications, Audits
Food Handling Safety...Workplace Safety...Audits, Monitoring...
Advocacy Issues 
 
 

Needs Assessment 

More information coming soon.