Breakout Sessions provide an opportunity for 500+ attendees of the Iowa Hunger Summit to engage in in-depth conversations with Iowa’s many active initiatives working to alleviate food insecurity and offers participants tangible tools for further engagement locally and around the world.
This year we are offering two different opportunities for organizations to engage with our 500+ attendees through breakout sessions: General Breakout Sessions +Student Breakout Sessions.
Benefits of connecting with your local Community Foundation!
- Local Expertise -
Staff members have an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape your community. They monitor all areas of community need, including: human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts and economic development. They can help you learn more about local agencies and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.
- Community Leadership -
Community foundations across Iowa invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. The business is building communities. They invest in community's nonprofit leadership to develop, mobilize and increase capacity for nonprofits working throughout the region.
- Nonprofit Support -
Iowa's community foundations monitor Iowa community's emerging needs and listen for new opportunities. They connect donors with important community causes and provide professional training and development opportunities to strengthen nonprofit boards and organizations. Options are provided for nonprofits that support endowment management and accounting services to increase efficiency.
- Training + Education -
To ensure that nonprofits are equipped to do their best work and improve communities, the foundations provide programming throughout the year to train and educate nonprofit staff and board members on fundraising best practices and effective board governance. In addition to these unique training opportunities, depending on the region, foundations may provide core curriculum trainings in their centers and at local nonprofits. Many foundations provide books and publications on various topics regarding nonprofits that are available to borrow for educational resources.
About the Conference
Farm to school activities in Iowa are helping put local food on school meal trays, supporting Iowa farmers, and connecting students to local food systems through school gardens and nutrition education activities. Want to learn more about how farm to school works, or ready to take your farm to school activities to the next level? Join us at the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference, June 21 to 22, at Central College in Pella, IA. Workshop tracks, keynotes, field trips and intensive courses will be offered over two days to help you build new skills in local procurement strategy, farm to school curriculum, and community partnerships and collaborations. Workshop track topics will include cafeteria (local procurement strategy), classroom (farm to school curriculum), and community (partnerships and collaboration). New this year – two additional tracks will be focused on topics for high school student leaders and early childhood practitioners.
Who will attend
The goal of the conference is to support and inspire those interested in starting or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education across the state. Attendees will include educators, food service professionals, school administrations, early childhood providers, farmers, wellness and public health professionals, student leaders, community organizers, policy makers, parent advocates and other who support farm to school efforts.
Wednesday, May 1
Chamber of Commerce
12th Annual YESS Duck Derby
Saturday, May 4
Jordan Creek Town Center
Des Moines, IA
Great Give Day 2019
Thursday, May 9
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque