American Airlines Helps Food Distribution Ideas Take Flight
Posted by Philabundance on September 27th, 2016
Written by Lindsey Ricker, Member Relations Assistant Manager
Each year Feeding America, a network comprised of 200 food banks across the country, hosts several conferences focusing on different aspects of our industry. Food bankers gather to discuss best practices and strategies that will help us further our collective mission to end hunger.
Last month, thanks to the generosity of American Airlines, I was fortunate enough to fly to Chicago and attend Feeding America’s three-day Agency Capacity, Program, and Nutrition conference. I heard from awe-inspiring keynote speakers, attended a variety of breakout sessions and was able to network with my peers who are doing the same type of work throughout the United States.
This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. My department is called Community Food Programs and we distribute food to people facing hunger, both directly and through our member agency network. Currently, we’re undergoing a restructure to consider new programs and processes that will help us operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Everyone at the conference was eager to share their unique perspective, the successes and failures they experienced rolling out new programs, and their underlying policies and ideologies that define their organizations. The full gamut of topics covered over a packed three days left me buzzing with new ideas to share with colleagues and integrate into our department, which will help us determine how we can best serve our own community.
One in seven Americans face hunger on a daily basis; in Philadelphia County, one in five individuals face hunger. While I’ve heard this statistic repeated throughout my tenure at Philabundance, it never fails to rattle me. Food insecurity is all around us and, after this experience, I feel ready and refreshed to face it head-on.