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Food Pantries: Keeping it Fresh!

Food Pantries Keeping it Fresh

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Perhaps you’ve been sourcing local food but are struggling to keep it fresh. In this training, food systems and operations consultant Sarah Bostick shares fresh ideas on how to simplify your pantry operations, including cold storage options and work systems that can greatly increase the efficiency of receiving/distributing fresh produce.

Local Food: Choose Your Own Local Food AdventurE


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If you’re wondering how other communities are “making the case” for local food purchases, even when it’s easier to stretch the dollar at the grocery store, join us for an interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” workshop that explores all of these questions and more!

Faith + Lands 101


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Faith + Lands 101 will provide participants with tools, resources, and examples of how churches can use their land to promote stewardship, partnerships, conservation, and more.

Recordkeeping & Documentation

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This webinar is intended to introduce nonprofit recordkeeping and documentation, along with tools and resources to help implement good financial practices.

Budgeting for Nonprofits


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This webinar is intended to introduce nonprofit budgeting, along with tools and resources to help implement good financial practices. This training also covers how the chart of accounts is used in budget management.

Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s World: Cultivating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

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RCP’s youth-serving partners play an important role in growing the next generation of environmental & food justice leaders. Join us for a presentation on some of the NC-based resources available to you to support the college and career readiness of your youth. This event is geared towards groups serving youth ages 13-18. You’ll learn about funding opportunities, agencies, and curricula that can help strengthen your youth program offerings. You’ll also hear directly from a peer organization about how they involve youth in food and social justice conversations (and boots-on-the-ground action) through their Youth Leadership Institute!

Resource Roundup: Evaluation


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Do you dread being asked about your “evaluation strategy” when looking for funding? Unsure what that means or where to begin? Looking for easy, grab-and-go tools you can right-size for your organization? This workshop will cover all of this and more. During this interactive session, you will (a) learn why having an evaluation plan is worth the effort, (b) learn some helpful “dos” and “don’ts”, and (c) try on various evaluation resources in real-time.

Resource Roundup: (Virtual) Youth Programming

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Join C.A.R.E/ The John 3:16 Center as they share their wisdom on how to run a program that keeps youth engaged, happy, and healthy throughout the summer and afterschool. They share ideas for curriculum resources, partnerships, and funding opportunities, as well as how to keep youth safe virtually. Lots of great questions were asked during this session, as well as insights on working with Cooperative Extension.

Resource Roundup: Volunteer Strategies

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The pandemic has increased volunteerism for some, and decreased it for others. Regardless of the size of your volunteer base, strong volunteer recruitment and management tools will ALWAYS be beneficial to your organization and create less of a coordination headache in the long run. Listen in to learn from some tried-and-true strategies from your peers and their volunteers for recruiting volunteers and keeping them around.

What’s a Food Hub Anyway?


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Food hubs have a dual mission to strengthen local economies and increase access to healthy food. This training provides an overview of what food hubs are, which food hubs exist in North Carolina, and the many way churches can engage with them in their mission to feed their communities. If you are a rural church and would like to learn more, please reach out to our Faith and Food Coordinator, Aaron Hayworth ( You can visit to learn more about the NC Food Hub Collaborative work.

Grant Writing for Beginners

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New to grant writing and feel overwhelmed by the grant application process? This playlist breaks up the process into manageable pieces and uplifts the most important facets of grant writing for beginners. We recommend you spend time watching all of the videos included here, but feel free to go at your own pace. This playlist includes the following sections:

  • Where to Find Funding
  • Funder Fit
  • Funder Cultivation
  • Grant Writing Checklist
  • Project Description
  • Building a Budget

Download the Grant Writing Checklist here, which is referenced in the Grant Writing Checklist video and is a great tool to reference in the future!

Virtual Peer Learning Visit: McDowell Local Food Action Council

Creating Community Food Access

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COVID-19 has upended our world in many ways—but communities have risen to the challenge and proven that necessity truly is the mother of innovation. Learn from McDowell Local Foods Action Council as they share their creative strategies for food access in western NC, and the many ways they continue to adapt to the ever-changing need. This information is useful for all organizations working to increase community food access.

Trails & Greenways Amid COVID-19: Highlighting Hayesville’s Success

Trails and Greenways

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COVID-19 has forced a lot of us indoors, but has also renewed interest in getting outside and enjoying some more isolated outdoor activities. For any organizations who have any interest in building a local trail or using cultural resources as a driver of health and economic development, we present to you the inspiration you need to kick it into gear: the story of Hayesville, NC, as told by Rob Tiger of Clay County Revitalization Association (CCRA)!

This 30-min virtual Peer Learning Visit focuses specifically on the building of Jackrabbit Trail and the partnerships that made it happen. This recording is suitable for any organization that is interested in learning more about the process of getting started with trail-building; it’s full of wisdom from Rob Tiger, who has been part of Hayesville’s renaissance from the start. We hope you are as inspired by their work as we are.

community garden evaluation


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Calling all garden partners! This workshop introduces RCP’s new, one-stop-shopping tool for all your garden evaluation needs. You’ll learn from peers as they share real-life examples of triple-bottom line evaluation for garden-based programming and how they use their data to improve their programs and tell amazing stories.Click here to jump to the evaluation tool.

Virtual Programming: Pivoting with Partnerships


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COVID-19 has opened up a whole new world of virtual learning opportunities (and challenges!). Join Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF) as they walk us through their experience pivoting to a virtual summer camp—through partnerships, youth engagement, and some key resources that made the camp a wild success. In the second half of the video, RCP will share how they supported with some programming resources & you’ll get a sneak preview of the healthy eating/active living curriculum that MWUYF used!