As a partner agency with Feeding San Diego, you have access to various programs and initiatives to build your capacity and serve your community.
FSD works with a network of over 150 non-profit organizations operating emergency food programs, shelters and soup kitchens. In addition to providing partners with access to more than 23 million pounds of food annually, FSD provides education through agency trainings and occasional funding opportunities through capacity building grants in an effort to ensure a sustainable network prepared to expand services, access resources and collaborate with fellow hunger-relief organizations.
In an effort to encourage ongoing improvement among partner agencies, FSD has implemented a Capacity Self-Assessment Tool to determine the overall strength of the network. Moving forward, this assessment will serve as a regular benchmark for partner agencies to re-evaluate their individual capacity in 19 unique elements identified by FSD and to work with FSD to improve in those areas. Please find capacity resources and best practices below, as well as a glossary of common FSD Programs terms.
- CalFresh Outreach and Advocacy
- Nutrition Prioritization
- Distribution Process
- Client Choice Pamphlet
- Strategic Planning
- Staffing and Fundraising
- Volunteer Guide
Feeding San Diego has also started a monthly webinar series featuring diverse areas of our staff. and agencies from the network, to speak on pertinent topics surrounding capacity building efforts. Please click on the links below to view any webinar topic you are interested in.
- Volunteer Management Webinar
- Agency Sustainability: Leveraging Resources to Increase Impact
- Working Effectively with Donors
- Disaster Preparedness
- Effective Marketing and PR
- Utilizing Feeding San Diego Nutrition and CalFresh Services
- Nutrition Month: Merchandising Your Pantry by Super Food Drive
For additional capacity building information or to set up an appointment to meet with the FSD team about your current capacity level, please contact the Programs Department.
AGENCY MOBILE MARKETPLACE
The Agency Mobile Marketplace is a regional produce hub for agencies that cannot use large amounts of produce at once (i.e. Strategic Partners running pantries and soup kitchens, residential facilities, and Core Partners needing additional resources). The MMP is open to all agencies, and will occur 3 times a week across San Diego County.
RETAIL RESCUE PARTNER PROGRAM
FSD partners with local and national grocery chains to facilitate food rescue with applicable partner agencies. Through our national affiliation with Feeding America, we have national contracts with all of the Walmart, Albertsons, Ralphs, and Target stores in San Diego County. In addition, we partner with local grocery chains to rescue over 12 million pounds of food annually.
Our grocery donors are paired with one or more local partner agencies for pre-scheduled weekly pickups. Partner Agencies receive nutritious, fresh foods from all departments of the store including produce, meat, dairy, self-stable and bakery that would otherwise have been wasted. FSD oversees this program in order to support comprehensive participation from stores, ensure the highest standards of food safety is being upheld and to help agencies properly integrate donations into their program.
All agencies interested in becoming a Retail Rescue Partner must complete a “Retail Rescue Application and Agreement,” below.
NUTRITION PARTNER PROGRAM
A Nutrition Partner is an FSD partner agency or direct-to-client program site that has a goal of distributing nutrient-dense food and providing clients with the education and tools necessary to lead healthier lives.
To be considered a FSD Nutrition Partner, agencies must be observed accomplishing 8 of these 12 indicators at their ACCR visit (or prior to the visit) or submit documentation, if indicated
- Food drive and donor communications request healthy items and educate public on the need for healthy food
- A written, formal nutrition policy has been adopted including guidelines for food procurement and distribution.
- Nutrition policy is visibly posted for staff, volunteers and clients
- Make soda less visible during food distribution
- Make snack foods less visible during distribution
- Recipes posted near Foods 2 Encourage and available during distribution
- Host a Healthy Cook, or other outside provider nutrition class, at least 1x/year
- Implement and teach agency-run nutrition class, at least 1x/year
- Provide low-income informational resources: CalFresh/SNAP, WIC, Senior Farmers Market coupons
- Offer client-choice distribution to promote consumption of produce and healthier staple items
- Recipes and nutrition education materials are translated into languages of clients served (or at least 3 most common languages if more than 3 languages spoken)
- First priority for nutrition demonstrations from FSD
- Incentives ($100 per year credit)
- Nutrition Partner identification on our website
- First priority for Food Rescue when stores become available
- Highlight in monthly newsletter (Monthly Menu and/or ENews)
Resources from Cultural Food Change: Making Nutrition a Priority
- Mazon: PowerPoint
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Beth Trimble at 858.452.3663 x132.
CALFRESH OUTREACH AND APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The CalFresh Capacity Program provides an additional food assistance resource for clients already participating in partner agency food programs. Through the program’s on-going training and support through interns from FSD, the agency itself can provide CalFresh outreach services including, but not limited to: pre-screening for eligibility, general support and information on the program. Partner agencies pass on all pre-screened clients to FSD for application assistance and follow-up. This program provides another venue for agencies to help those struggling with hunger by means of a vital and under-used resource.
If you would like to host one of our CalFresh Team members at your site, please contact Rachel Oporto at 858.452.3663 x129.