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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rural Food Banking in California: Challenge and Solutions in Transportation, Storage, and Distribution of Healthy Foods (May 3, 2018)
- Liz Campbell, Food Security and Nutrition Consultant
- Peter Ricardo, Product Donations Manager, Food Bank of Central New York
- Laura Vollmer, Policy Analyst, UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute
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.
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
Government Grants (federal, state, pass-through to local)... Fund Development Plans...Private Funders (Sources/Approach, Donor Relations, Wills & Bequests, Donor Software)...Advocacy Issues
Community Needs & Assests Assessment...Direct Services–Food Distribution... Special Events...Homebound Delivery Program...Food Delivery to COmmunity Locations...Nutrition Education and Outreach... Advocacy Issues
Building Community Partnerships & Effective Messaging...