The World Food Prize Foundation

Community Engagement and Collaboration: The Crisis Center Mobile Food Pantry

Overview
Organizer  |  The Crisis Center 
Subjects Covered  |   Food Banking/Pantry Logistics - Technology/Innovation - Capacity Building - Coalition Building
Target Audience  |   Local Elected Officials and Leaders - Funders - Nonprofits


Summary
This session presents the Crisis Center Mobile Food Pantry as a case example of inter-agency collaboration, private-public partnership, and a county coming forward to support its residents.  The session will cover the history of the Crisis Center Mobile Food Pantry, including the creation of the Johnson County Hunger Task Force and subsequent Hunger Relief funding available from Johnson County, starting the Mobile Food Pantry and its evolution, collaboration with Table to Table and other groups, and what the future holds. This session will focus on the success of collaboration and the lessons learned while working together. Representatives from the Crisis Center, Table to Table, and Johnson County Social Services will tell the story from different angles and serve as a panel for Q&A.

Panelists
Sarah Benson Witry | Food Bank & Emergency Assistance Director, The Crisis Center
Jennifer De La Cruz | Mobile Pantry Coordinator, The Crisis Center
Lynette Jacoby | Social Services Director, Johnson County
Emily Meister | Food Rescue Program Manager, Table to Table


The Crisis Center
The Crisis Center is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis. The mission of Table to Table is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless and at-risk populations. The mission of Johnson County Social Services is to enhance the quality of life for a diverse Johnson County community by collaboratively addressing the social services needs with compassion and creativity.

Table to Table
The mission of Table to Table is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless and at-risk populations.Since we began in April of 1996, Table to Table volunteers have rescued and distributed over 16 million pounds of food to area agencies.

Johnson County Social Services

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