Course Catalog

The Vermont Foodbank offers resources and workshops to assist Network Partners (NPs) in serving the needs of their communities.  Workshops are free for NPs unless otherwise noted (ServSafe).  Registration is required for all workshops.  To register, click on the date of the workshop or follow "Register here" links.  Non-NPs may attend workshops, if space allows. 


If you have questions, please contact Jen Messier at jmessier@vtfoodbank.org or 802-477-4124.

 

For classes that are offered as a webinar or online, you must have access to a phone line and a high speed (DSL or faster) internet connection. You will receive specific instructions on participating in the webinar after you have registered.

 

Directions

 

ServSafe Certification for Meal Sites and On-Site Programs

To register for ServSafe Certification, click the workshop dates below:

 

Dave Moyer

October 28th 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
 

This 8-hour course focuses on sanitation in food service operations. Learn the basics of safe food handling and how to avoid food borne illness. Get the inside story on safe receiving, food storage, preparation and serving, and cooling and reheating. Proper cleaning techniques and pest management will also be covered. Completion of the course and a passing grade on the multiple choice test result in ServSafe Certification now required for all Vermont Foodbank Network Partners serving prepared foods on site. $65 charge for the course book and examination for VFB Network Partners; $75 for non-VFB organizations. Bring a bag lunch. To register, click the workshop dates above.

 

Online Food Shelf Food Safety Training (1.5 hours)

This online course covers all of the components of the Food Shelf Food Safety Training. Topics covered in depth will include: preventing cross contamination, good personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, cleaning and sanitizing, among others. In addition there will be a special focus on handling food in a food shelf environment. Food shelf specific topics covered will include: What constitutes a safe dented can or crushed box of product? What do codes on products really mean? How long is food really good for? How can I keep the food in my food shelf safe?  The online course includes a four-part training video (about 1.5 hours total), a Food Safety Training for Food Shelves information pamphlet and a ServSafe Food Handler Guide.  Review of the training video is required prior to taking the online test.  Participants successfully completing this course will fulfill their Vermont Foodbank Food Safety training requirement. 

 

To register for the Online Food Shelf Food Safety Training, click here .  

 

Note: If you are not able to watch the videos online, contact Jen Messier at jmessier@vtfoodbank.org to request that a thumbdrive of the videos be mailed. 

 

For the classes listed below, you may register by clicking Register Now. ServSafe, Food Shelf Food Safety and the Hunger Action Conference have specific registration directions. 

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3SquaresVT Outreach (1.5 Hrs)

Sally Ingraham, 3SquaresVT Outreach Manager 
May 27th 9:00 am, Brattleboro Distribution Center
September 23rd 9:00 am, Barre Main Distribution Center

 

Learn more about VT Foodbank’s 3SquaresVT Outreach Program - would you like to help your food shelf visitors access fresh, healthy food through the 3SquaresVT program?  Are you overwhelmed by the 3SquaresVT application process?  This workshop will discuss the basic eligibility requirements and review the application process to provide you with tips for helping eligible Vermonters apply.  

 

Good Old Fashioned Media (1.5 Hrs)

Judy Stermer, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
April 10th 11:00am, Barre Main Distribution Center


How we educate our constituency about the work that we are doing is essential to our fundraising success. Whether writing a press release, purchasing advertising or doing an interview on public access, we are telling our story and the story of hunger in our community. Participants will take a deeper look at paid advertising and earned media; learn when to use each and how to be effective in every medium. Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register. 

 

Google Places & Google Maps (1 Hr)

Michelle Barber, Digital Media Specialist
April 23rd 11:00 am, Barre Main Distribution Center
October 8th 11:00 am, Barre Main Distribution Center

 

Help clients, volunteers and donors find you on the web, using Google Places and Google Maps.  Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register.

 

Pre-requisite: must be familiar with computer and internet basics.

 

Facebook Basics (1.5 Hrs)

Michelle Barber, Digital Media Specialist
April 23rd 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
October 8th 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center 
 

Facebook is the largest social network in the world, providing one of the best ways to keep in touch with family, friends and neighbors online.  Join this course to learn about starting a personal profile, posting status updates, uploading photos and privacy settings.  Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register.

 

Pre-requisite: must be a Facebook beginner, without a Facebook profile or just starting to use one.

 

Facebook Pages – Basic (1.5 Hrs)

Michelle Barber, Digital Media Specialist
April 30th 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
October 22nd 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center


A Facebook Page is almost a necessity for businesses and non-profits these days.  In this course, we’ll cover Facebook Page administrator roles, writing and scheduling posts, managing comments and more.  Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register.

 

Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook profile and be somewhat familiar with Facebook already.  

 

Facebook Pages – Advanced (1.5 Hrs)

Michelle Barber, Digital Media Specialist
April 30th 3:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
October 22nd 3:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center


This course is for those currently managing a Facebook page and wanting to take things to the next level.  We’ll discuss scheduling posts to support larger messaging themes (fundraising, holidays, etc.), managing comments and feedback, analyzing Facebook Insights and more. Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register.

 

Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook Page already and be familiar with Page components. 

 

E-Newsletters (1.5 Hrs)

Michelle Barber, Digital Media Specialist
April 23rd 3:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
October 8th 3:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center


E-newsletters provide non-profits the opportunity to engage their clients, volunteers and donors on a regular basis.  Using the Vermont Foodbank e-newsletter, with 5,000+ subscribers, as an example, we’ll walk through the basics of good e-news design, click-thru rates, growing your subscriber list, and more. Offered on location in Barre and via live webinar. To participate via webinar, you will need access to the internet and telephone. You will receive detailed webinar information once you register.

 

Pre-requisite: must have either a current e-newsletter list or a way of growing an e-newsletter list (i.e. website, Facebook page, on-site sign-ups).  

 

Special Event Fundraising (1 Hr)

Stephani Kononan, Marketing and Promotions Manager
November 6th 1:00 pm, Wolcott Distribution Center
December 1st 2:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center

 

Special events are a great way to raise awareness and funds. However without a good plan, special events can quickly become challenging and overwhelming. In this workshop participants will walk through how to plan a successful event from conception to completion, with specific examples of best practices and of what to avoid. Please bring your questions and examples of your special events for this round table discussion.    

 

Fundraising 101 (1 Hr)

Melissa Baptiewright, Manager of Fundraising Systems
June 10th 10:30 am, Barre Main Distribution Center
September 24th 10:30 am, Brattleboro Distribution Center


This workshop assists non-profit managers with understanding fundraising basics—including annual solicitations/mailings and ways to meaningfully convey your organization’s mission to community members and businesses.

 

Online Fundraising: What you need to know to be Successful (1 Hr)

Melissa Baptiewright, Manager of Fundraising Systems
June 10th 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
September 24th 1:00 pm, Brattleboro Distribution Center


Online fundraising is spreading around social networks to raise money for a multitude of charitable causes. Fundraisers need a network that can be mobilized to give and to spread the word and ask others to get involved. The general strategies of fundraising still apply: Planning, Asking, and Thanking are all crucial. This workshop will teach you how to make the most of the medium – why it matters, how it works and what you can do right now to start raising money online!

 

Volunteer Coordination  (1Hr)

Cathie Pelchat, Development Coordinator, and Melissa Baptiewright, Manager of Fundraising Systems
June 10th 2:30 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
September 24th 2:30 pm, Brattleboro Distribution Center

 

Looking to recruit more volunteers for effective help within your organization? Discover ways to nurture relationships with volunteers and find insight as to why people volunteer.

 

Grant Writing 101  (2 hours)

Bridget Wiedl
April 16th 9:00 am, Barre Main Distribution Center
July 16th 1:00 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center - CANCELED


This workshop covers the basics of grant writing. Topics include strategies for finding grants, ideas on how to design grants so that they are more likely to be funded, and specific pointers on language and writing techniques. This workshop is geared to¬ward those who have yet to write their first proposal.

 

Vermont Foodbank Orientation and Online Ordering Workshop

Joe Dauscher
First Wednesday of the month starting in April 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Barre Main Distribution Center
 

New network partner agencies are required to attend a Foodbank Orientation. The orientations are also open to new staff, volunteers or board members of existing network partner agencies; folks just needing a refresher are most welcome to attend. The online ordering training covers the basics of placing your Foodbank orders and answers questions on allocated orders, scheduler, submitting cart, and editing orders. You may attend just the online ordering portion if you like. Orientation starts at 9:30am, online ordering at 11:30am. Orientations at the Brattleboro Regional Distribution Center are held sporadically as needed; invitations are sent via email to network partners.

 

Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference 2014

Friday, May 9th - Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center - Burlington, Vermont
Registration 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Program 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration opens on March 5th

Click here for more info.

 

How do we stay resilient as we fight hunger in Vermont?  How do we remain flexible in the face of change?  How do we stay inspired every day to continue doing this critical work? 

 

The Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference brings together hundreds of attendees, representing charitable food providers and partners in the anti-hunger movement, to leverage the power of sharing information and resources for collaboration and progress.

 

This year’s speakers will share the importance of celebrating successes and the value of telling our story, along with teaching tangible tools for mindfulness in leadership, whole systems collaboration, operating from our core values, and healthy resolution for unavoidable conflict.  

 

Featured keynote speaker, Kim Weitkamp, is a humorist, coach and a spoken word artist. Weitkamp shares how to “shift the paradigm,” using her own personal stories to leave the audience feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. 

 

Please join us for an inspiring day of learning! 
 

Regional Network Meetings 

This year’s Regional Network Meetings will focus primarily on changes in Foodbank membership and distribution that will take place at the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1st .  We encourage a representative from each network partner agency to attend a meeting that is convenient to their location or schedule to hear firsthand from Foodbank staff on how the changes will affect your program.  The Regional Network Meetings are also a great place to network and share what’s new at your program.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Here’s the schedule for this year’s meetings: 

  • Wednesday, May 28th from 11am to 1pm at the Unitarian Meeting House 108 School Street in Bennington.
  • Tuesday, June 3rd from 10am to 12 noon at the Rutland City Rescue Mission 31 Park Street in Rutland.
  • Wednesday, June 4th from 10am to 12 noon at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf classroom 294 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington.
  • Monday, June 9th from 11am to 1pm at the Vermont Foodbank 22 Browne Court in Brattleboro.
  • Thursday, June 12th from 10am to 12 noon at Franklin Community Action/CVOEO 5 Lemnah Drive in St. Albans.
  • Monday, June 16th from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Vermont Foodbank 33 Parker Rd. in Barre.
  • Tuesday, June 17th from 10am to 12 noon at Upper Valley Haven 713 Hartford Ave. in White River Junction.
  • Thursday, June 19th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the North Congregational Church 1325 Main St.  in St. Johnsbury.

 

 

For the classes listed above, you may register by clicking Register Now. ServSafe, Food Shelf Food Safety and the Hunger Action Conference have specific registration directions.

Register Now

 

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