1. Robot: Use and full access to the Food Rescue Robot for data tracking and logistical services. This web application helps direct food rescue nonprofits manage their schedules, track data, assign volunteers to shift, relay information through notes, and more. To test the Robot to see if it is a good fit for your operations, please email Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. 1-1 Direct Consulting Services: Individual assistance and training in the development of new food rescue organizations, up to a year from inception. Direct consulting with the FRA program manager allows new organizations to develop their strategy and capacity to grow from an idea to a functioning organization.
Direct consulting support can be focused on a few specific topics, or can be broad and enable new organizations to touch into many topics essential to starting a nonprofit. Topics include but are not limited to: proof-of-concept strategies, board development, fundraising, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, volunteer management, logistics and operations, program development, program evaluation, and more.
Upon entry into the FRA network, organizations will set goals and a timeline with the program manager. Direct consulting includes:
- Monthly meetings
- Facilitated board retreat
- Resource/Document sharing
- Goal setting and check in process
3. Peer Learning Network: FRA members have access to participate in a Peer Learning Network to gain resources and insight from fellow FRA members through individual conversations as well as network workshops and gatherings. FRA members will set up conference calls to discuss any topics relevant to the organization who sets up the call. Furthermore, FRA members will join the FRA list serve to discuss topics relevant to them as well as connect with others who may have similar challenges.
Within the network, members will also access other individuals who have their same job in another organization. Job-level conversations have proved to be the most effective tool for navigating challenges and seeking support. Nobody knows what its like to be you, but someone in your same position may get pretty dang close!
4. Bi-Monthly Workshops: As an FRA member, you will be able to attend and participate in FRA bi-monthly workshops on diverse topics relevant to food rescue/food distribution organizations. As a member, you may suggest what topics you would like to learn about or what you would like to teach about. FRA will find members or outside facilitators to teach relevant topics to the network.
Topics will be suggested and selected by members in May. Following the topic suggestion survey, workshops are pre-scheduled and put on through webcasting software every other month, for a year.
5. Additional Starting Resources and Document Sharing: Access to additional resources and documents are collected through the Peer Learning Network. Documents are organized and shared through a shared google folder that all members have access to. All members can upload their own documents for sharing as well, to be of service to other members.
Examples of shared documents include:
- Volunteer outreach materials
- Educational tools
- Recipient surveys
- Operation Manuels
6. Forward Food Summit: The Forward Food Summit is an annual un-conference focused on food systems and social justice. The Forward Food Summit is focused on race and class equity and community-based solutions to injustices in our food system. The FFS is hosted by Colorado Front Range food rescue’s such as Boulder Food Rescue, Denver Food Rescue, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Longmont Food Rescue and Groundwork Denver.
Members of FRA may attend the FFS for free, either in person or online via webcasting software.
For more information, please see the Forward Food Summit website here: forwardfoodsummit.org