Replicable Local Initiatives to Address Hunger
Gloria McAdam, Executive Director, GardenShare
Natasha Pernicka, MPA, Executive Director, The Food Pantries for the Capital District
Allison Puglia, Vice President of Programs and Agency Relations, Island Harvest Food Bank
Caity Tremblay, Food Service Coordinator, Troy Boys and Girls Club
This interactive session will highlight local initiatives that address hunger in various populations. Participants will visit three roundtables for 20 minutes each to learn about innovative programs, partnerships, and efforts from organizations across our state. Topics will include: mapping community needs from the perspective of food pantries; partnering with schools in ways that connect eligible families with SNAP and allow schools to provide all students with free meals; leveraging private donations to maximize SNAP use at farmers’ markets and for community supported agriculture (CSA) shares; how child nutrition sponsors can successfully vend high-quality meals prepared by other program sponsors; and more.