Annual Arizona Food Bank Conference

2019 Arizona Food Bank Conference

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9:00 am
Onsite registration opens at 8:00 am

Where: St. Patrick's Catholic Community
10815 N 84th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend please e-mail and we will verify space availability.

Keynote Speaker

Sandy Rees
Chief Encrouragement Officer
Get Fully Funded
           The Power of Thinking Big: How Big Mindset Brings Big Results

Sandy Rees is a fundraising coach and trainer who shows leaders of
small nonprofits how to fully fund their big visions so they can spend
more time changing lives instead of worrying about money. She got
her start raising money for a homeless shelter and a food bank, and
since then has gone on to help dozens of small nonprofits go from
“nickel-and-dime fundraising” to adding 6 figures to their bottom lines.
As a trainer, she shows her students how to find ideal donors,
connect through authentic messaging, and build relationships that
stand the test of time,so that fundraising becomes easy and predictable.

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Afternoon Speaker

Jon Ford
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Vitalyst Health Foundation
The Nexus of Food, Health Care, Community Health, and Well-Being

This three-part presentation will explore:
(1) the health landscape context, and opportunities for our communities;
(2) how health care and public health are evolving, particularly related to food;
(3) the potential for food banks to adapt, respond and reinvent new possibilities
to not just feed the line, but shorten it - and in the process,
how we can all work more effectively together.

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jon leverages
three decades of for-profit and non-profit experience
to develop an expanded, innovation-centered
network of stakeholders focused on all aspects of health and well-being.
Key to his work is development of the Live Well Arizona
movement and the Elements of a Healthy Community framework.
Jon continuously engages influencers and partners
in furthering policy and systems change, and is particularly focused
on fostering relationships that engage new sectors and catalyze innovation.
Working with the leadership team, he is responsible for crystallizing
and developing new initiatives that further Vitalyst’s mission and goals.
Jon also drives development and production of Vitalyst’s
earned, paid, online and offline communications
– including media outreach, publications, websites, podcasts,
webinars and newsletters.


Check out materials from previous years on our conference archive page!


Workshop 1 

Karalea Cox
Common Sense Consulting
Board Member
Round Valley Cares, Inc.
  Volunteers: Who Are They? Where Are They? And How Do We Get Them and Keep Them?:

Has your organization’s STP (Same Ten People) become StP (Same three People)? Volunteers are critical to the vision and mission of food banks. Without them our capacity is severely diminished and our success is compromised. There’s more to volunteer recruitment and retention than the “we always need volunteers” plea for help. Learn more about why people volunteer, what types of volunteers you really need, where to find them and how to keep them.


Workshop 2

Sandy Rees
Chief Encouragement Officer
Get Fully Funded

Secrets of Success in the Small Shop:

What if you could raise a lot of money to cover all your nonprofit’s expenses? What if you could do it without selling T-shirts, without car washes, and without Buffalo Wild Wings night? What if you could not only raise money, but raise every last dollar you need to fund your budget - overhead and all? It’s totally possible! It just takes the right message to the right people at the right time. Join us for this workshop and learn the 3 simple steps to fully funding your work so you can help more people and do it with less stress and more fun. We’ll cover how to find ideal donor prospects, how to craft a heart-warming, wallet-opening message, and do it all with perfect timing so you never feel sleazy asking for money.


Workshop 3

Cynthia Melde 
Director of Community Impact
Pinnacle Prevention

How do you move from feeding to nourishing your community?

Join this workshop for a discussion on supporting healthy food dynamics. This workshop will focus on how food insecurity impacts food choices and how related trauma can shape relationships with food from early on. The workshop will offer ways to support healthy relationships with food while minimizing harm. Participants will leave with examples of policies emergency food providers can adopt to create a nourishing environment for their clients.


Workshop 4

Mike Newcomb
Executive Direcor
Manzanita Outreach

Jan Terhune
Executive Director
Matthew's Crossing

Jacki Franco
Flowing Wells Family Resource Center

Join three Arizona agencies as they share their experience with promoting  healthy eating by providing more fresh healthy produce to their clients.  

These agencies, Matthew’s Crossing, Manzanita Outreach, and Flowing Wells Family Resource Center  will discuss their unique circumstances and how they got creative in making fresh produce available to their communities.


Workshop 5

Alicia Jacobo Kenney, BSW
Director of Supportive Services

Mayra E. Gomez
Hunger Relief Coordinator
Coordinated Hunger Relief Program, Division of Agina and Adult Services
Arizona, DES

Wildfire and Hunger Relief Program (HRP) – Department of Economic Security (DES)

Please join Wildfire and the HRP coordinator with the DES team to learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Outreach Program (SNAP-O)!  This workshop will also include information on CSFP, TEFAP, and much more! You will also have an opportunity to ask Wildfire and HRP coordinator any questions you have about the great programs DES supports.