Our 2021 Partner Agency Conference was held on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees that made the day so special! If you missed the conference, please take a moment to review the materials and recordings below.


Videos and PowerPoints:

Morning Session

Breakout Session #1




Morning Session:

8:45 – 9:00am Room Opens
9:00 – 9:05am Welcome
Sam McClellan, Programs Manager, Second Harvest
9:05 – 9:15am Thank You: A Video Tribute to the Second Harvest Partner Agencies
9:15 – 9:30am The Power of a Network: We are Feeding Florida
Robin Safley, Executive Director, Feeding Florida

Feeding Florida is a Partner State Association of Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization. Our statewide network unites 12 member food banks, including Second Harvest of the Big Bend to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. This session will include a review of the 2020 statewide response and the network’s 2021 goals.
9:30 – 10:00am Second Harvest, Together We Can
Monique Van Pelt, CEO, Second Harvest

In this session, we will review how Second Harvest operates, including how we receive our food and all the ways we distribute it. Monique will also share our 2021 goals.
10:00 – 10:30 am Putting the Partner Back Into Partner Agency
Sam McClellan, Programs Manager, Second Harvest
Feeding this community takes a team effort and we know just how essential our Partner Agencies are to this duo. In this session, our Programs Manager will show you what technology and resources Second Harvest has to bring to the table and what the future of our partnership holds.
10:30 – 10:40am Break
10:40 – 11:40am Workplace Diversity: Why Diversity & Inclusion Matters
Angela Hendrieth, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, City of Tallahassee
There are many compelling reasons to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This session will explore the many benefits of establishing a diversity program and the internal barriers we may unconsciously be bringing to the table.
11:40am – 12:00pm Food Safety Jeopardy
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch


Afternoon Session:

1:00 – 1:30pm

Breakout Session 1 (Agency Choice)

Successful Fundraising Made Simple
Holly Bernardo, Chief Development Officer, CESC, Inc.
This session will introduce eight strategies any organization interested in fundraising must do to be successful.
Disaster Response
Patrick Crawford, Managing Director, Disaster Services, Feeding America
Vincent Davis, Director, Disaster Services, Feeding America

As you know, living in Florida puts us and our community at risk to be affected by hurricanes. This session will be an introduction to disaster response and how you can be an asset to your community during a catastrophe.
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice for Pantry Clients
Chelsea Marshall-Hirvela, UF/IFAS Extension, Family Nutrition Program
Clara Leonard, UF/IFAS Extension, Family Nutrition Program

Join the Family Nutrition Program to discover ways to encourage healthy food choices in your pantry and learn about resources to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
1:35 – 2:05pm 

Breakout Session 2 (Agency Choice)

Volunteer Management A-Z
Shari Hubbard, Director of Communications, Second Harvest
Join us for a group discussion on the best practices for volunteer recruitment, training and stewardship.
Bringing Your Social Media to Life: How to Maximize Your Social Media in 2021
Troy Townsend, Communications Specialist, Southern Scholarship Foundation
Let social media tell your story and learn how to use it as a tool to engage your audience, connect with donors, and convey a message. Attendees will gain skills in content creation, social media resources, metrics, branding, and more!
2:10 – 3:10pm 

Breakout Session 3 (Pre-Selected Based on Agency Type)

Best Practices for Pantries
In this Partner Agency led session, you will hear from your fellow pantries about what works best for them, especially during this pandemic. There will also be time to ask questions to our panel of expert Agencies.
Best Practices for TEFAP Agencies
In this Partner Agency led session, you will hear from your fellow TEFAP Agencies about innovative ways to serve and remain in compliance. There will also be time to ask questions to our panel of expert Agencies.
High-Risk and Homeless Discussion
This session will be an open discussion between our Partner Agencies that serve high-risk and homeless populations and Second Harvest staff. We hope to leave this session with an understanding of how Second Harvest can better assist in serving these vulnerable clients.
New Partner Agency Orientation
This session will be an overview of Partner Agency responsibilities and what to expect as a Second Harvest Partner Agency.
3:15 – 4:00pm Closing Session: Wrap Up and Next Steps