The Northwest Food Partners Network holds monthly meetings that allow local emergency food program staff to meet, share resources and best practices.
Capacity Building Workshops
Our monthly meetings regularly have workshops and presentations designed to introduce members to new resources, program ideas, capacity building strategies, and innovative anti-hunger technology. For example, past workshop and presentation topics have included:
- The Self-Assessment Workbook Tool for network evaluation
- The NowPow CommRx Referral Platform
- Racial equity and hunger
- Mindfulness for nonprofit leaders
Members of the Northwest Food Partners Network can request for research on a hunger-related topic to be done for them. This could include qualitative and/or quantitative research. Past research topics have included Food as Medicine, Chicago Community Garden Programs, Hunger and Health on Chicago’s Northwest Side, and Urban Composting.
Open House is an ongoing opportunity for member agency representatives to visit other local food programs to share strategies for program operation. On a periodic basis, the NFPN opens up a grant application that allows member agencies to apply for financial support for a specific event, purchase or project related to their food program or anti-hunger efforts.
So far, the NFPN has awarded 2 grants to local food pantries.
Open House Program
Open House is an ongoing opportunity for member agency representatives to visit other local food programs to share strategies for program operation.
Pro Bono Partnerships
Through Pro Bono Partnerships, the NFPN recruits skilled volunteers, interns and contractors to provide issue-specific support to member agency programs, in areas such as mental health, IT skills, business acumen and more.