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Better Together Toolkit
Better Together: A Guide to Engage Community Members Accessing Food Sites. Building on the Client Engagement Toolkit (first developed by Johnnie Shaver in 2019), this new version provides a conceptual grounding in trauma-informed practice and is chock full of practical ideas for partner agencies to implement.
On behalf of the Network Equity and Racial Justice Team, we are delighted to join you in a journey toward building a more equitable food system.
This toolkit was created to provide:
- Conceptual grounding in trauma-informed practice
- Practical ideas that can be implemented at food assistance sites
Who is this toolkit for?
February and March 2023 Trainings
BUILDING UP: PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT CYCLE Register HERE
February 15, 2023 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Client engagement is not a one and done activity. Continuous engagement helps to ensure that pantries and food banks are responsive to the needs of the communities they serve. In this session, we will demystify what client engagement can be and begin building plans and strategies to engage clients in shaping your pantry or food bank.
COMMUNITY CARE & VOLUNTEER SUPPORT …
Network Equity & Racial Justice Team has some fancy new competencies!
An outline of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion competencies and practices that will increase equity within organizations in our network.
This flyer uses the acronym JEDI to mean Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. PDF for download is attached below.
|JEDI Knowledge & Commitment|
- ability to analyze systems, their effects, and a commitment to changing these systems
- in-depth knowledge of histories and experiences of groups experiencing oppression
Includes use of:
- collaborative decision-making
- equitable program design & evaluation
Equity-Focused Monthly Training Series
Training series for October, November, and December of 2022
See flyer below, please spread the word!
NERJ Workshop: From Chaos to Calm: Trauma-Informed Food Sites
Busy pantries can have a frantic energy with lots of noise and chaos. Chaotic spaces are counter to what’s good for our nervous systems. If we move from chaos to more healing-centered spaces, we can better meet the needs of clients. Begin shifting your physical space from one of chaos to calm.
Review trauma & how it shapes one’s experience of physical spaces
Learn trauma-informed design principles
Apply trauma-informed design to…
NERJ Workshop: From “What’s Wrong” to “What Happened”: Trauma-Informed Pantry Participant Engagement
Standalone workshop or part of the trauma-informed engagement series.
Over 60% of adults have experienced at least one traumatic experience in their life. Layering on traumas like systemic oppression, coloniality, and natural disasters, trauma is widespread. Despite being widespread, most systems–including the food banking system–do not consistently use a trauma-informed approach. During this session, we will learn the basics of trauma, unique traumas associated with…
NERJ Workshop: Strategies for Inclusive Meetings
Standalone workshop or can be paired with the facilitation series that is still in development.
Interruptions. Long-Winded Colleagues. Unclear Agendas. While common experiences, meetings don’t have to be awful, exclusionary experiences where you don’t feel heard or like your ideas have any merit. Making meetings inclusive requires planning, inclusive facilitation, and a willingness to do things differently. In this session, we will help improve our meetings culture through a…
NERJ Workshop: Root Causes of Hunger
Standalone workshop or can be paired with History of Food Banking
In order to eliminate hunger and food insecurity for good, we need to understand the root causes. However the hunger story we’ve been told isn’t always accurate. We will bust myths about hunger by learning the realities and facts. We will also increase our understanding of the root causes of hunger and food insecurity.
Counter misinformation associated with causes of hunger…
NERJ Workshop: History of Food Banking
Stand alone workshop or can be paired with Root Causes of Hunger
In this reflective session, we will travel back to the origin story of western food banking and notice how those beginnings shaped how we perceive food banking today. Along our journey, we will also revisit ways in which food sharing and harvest has been a cultural practice in many communities. Together, we will listen for patterns and look ahead towards future generations.
NERJ Workshop: Ramping Down: De-escalation, Non-Violent Communication, & Conflict Resolution
Stand alone training
Conflict is an inevitable part of our work. Learn how to ground your conflict resolution skills in a trauma-informed way. Build your skills and build up your resources in this skills training.
Apply a trauma-informed lens to navigating conflict
Develop and practice skills in de-escalating conflicts, informed by non-violent communication skills
Identify additional tools and resources to ensure successful…
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