Investing in developing innovative food shelf leaders ready to meet the evolving needs in their communities

FFEN Essentials Education Series

FFEN Essentials provides a unique food shelf management curriculum, tailored to exactly what food shelf leaders need.

With limited professional development to support the success of new and transitioning leaders, many small, rural and urban food shelves , where the need is often the greatest, aren’t utilizing best practices to increase effectiveness and efficiency. Presented online, in real-time, content-rich modules ground participants in food sourcing, logistics, process improvement, and nonprofit management that position food shelf professionals to lead change in their organizations and communities.

“This was awesome. I will be having my staff sign up for upcoming sessions! I have a board meeting in 15 minutes and this session just became a new agenda item for me to discuss with them.”

Dom Korbel
Executive Director at Community Pathways of Steele County

Welcome to Hunger Relief

Expand your knowledge of the hunger relief space, strengthen your community presence, and inspire staff, volunteers, and board members to new and different ways of thinking and behaving with FFEN Essentials: Welcome to Hunger Relief. Welcome to Hunger Relief is an introductory session for current and transitioning food shelf leaders, staff, and stakeholders (volunteers, board members). Welcome to Hunger Relief is a free program offered regularly via zoom.

Food Shelf Leader Cohort

Food shelf leaders often wear multiple hats and enter their positions with limited previous experience in the hunger relief sector.  On a daily basis, they are responding to the constant demands of running a food shelf, leaving little time for planning, assessing operational effectiveness, or networking.

The FFEN Essentials: Food Shelf Leader Cohort offers participants a values-informed framework for improved organizational effectiveness, change management, and community engagement. This series is designed to spark collaboration, peer learning, and test out new leadership skills and promising practices with fellow food shelf leaders. Session activities include small group conversations, reflections, and problem-solving scenarios, intended to equip participants to advance their organization’s values and impact.  The Food Shelf Leader Cohort is typically offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.

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