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.

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 several days before the course.

Cancellations:   If you need to cancel your registration for a ServSafe workshop, you must notify the Vermont Foodbank 2 business days (48 hours) prior to the date of the class.  With this prior notice, you can opt for a refund or a credit for use at a future training.   Cancellations after this time will only be refunded if the slot at the training can be filled.

Substitutions:  You may change the staff registered for the class if needed; please notify the Foodbank of any changes by 8 a.m. on the day of the class.

Please contact Jen Messier at jmessier@vtfoodbank.org or 802-477-4124 within the time frames listed above with any cancellations, changes, questions, etc.

The Vermont Foodbank strives to offer those courses and trainings that are pertinent to the work of our Network Partners. If your organization has a topic of interest that would build your capacity or strengthen your ability to serve your customers, and if you have at least 5 staff, volunteers, board members, or community members who would participate, please contact Jen Messier at (802) 477-4124 or jmessier@vtfoodbank.org to see if the Foodbank could create a workshop or training just right for you.

 

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Online Food Shelf Food Safety Training

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.

Vermont Foodbank Orientation and Online Ordering Workshop

Joe Dauscher, Network Relations Manager
On the first Wednesday of each month starting in June 2015:  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Barre Main Distribution Center.  To register for the VFB Orientation, please contact Joe Dauscher at (802)477-4106 or jdauscher@vtfoodbank.org

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 9:30 a.m., online ordering at 11:30 a.m.

Please note:  Orientations at the Brattleboro Regional Distribution Center are held as needed; invitations will be sent via email to network partners.

 

Regional Network Meetings

Regional Network Meetings bring Network Partners and Foodbank staff together to share best practices, discuss challenges and explore ways that we can support each other to have the greatest impact in our communities.  We encourage staff, volunteers and board members to attend a regional meeting that is convenient to either your location or your schedule.  Please feel free to bring a bag lunch if you’d like.  To register for a Regional Meeting, please contact Joe Dauscher at (802)477-4106 or jdauscher@vtfoodbank.org

Schedule of Regional Meetings:

St. Johnsbury— Tuesday, June 2nd; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Congregational Church, 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury.

Brattleboro— Friday, June 5th; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vermont Foodbank’s Brattleboro Office, 22 Browne Court, Brattleboro.

Bennington— Tuesday, June 9th; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, 601 Main Street, Bennington.

Burlington— Thursday, June 11th; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 64 Main Street, Burlington.

Rutland— Tuesday, June 16th; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Vermont Foodbank’s Rutland Office, 92 Park Street, Rutland.

St. Albans — Thursday, June 18th; 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action, 5 Lemnah Drive, St. Albans.

Barre— Wednesday, June 24th; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Rd, Barre.

 

 

Please note that a Network Partner is an organization that has a membership agreement with the Vermont Foodbank and have been assigned an agency number.

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Monday November 09
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION - CITY PLACE BUILDING, 219 NORTH MAIN STREET - 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 required for all Vermont Foodbank Network Partners serving prepared foods on site. The $65 charge includes the course book and examination for Vwemonr Foodbank Network Partners; it is $80 for non-VFB organizations. Bring a bag lunch.
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$65.00
 
Tuesday June 09
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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.
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Friday June 19
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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. Pre-requiste: Must be a Facebook beginner, without a Facebook profile or just starting to use one.
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Friday June 19
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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. Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook profile and be somewhat familiar with Facebook already.
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Friday June 19
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - Help clients, volunteers and donors find you on the web, using Google Places and Google Maps. Pre-requisite: must be familiar with computer and internet basics.
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Wednesday June 24
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION : 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - This workshop covers the basics of grant research, preparation, and writing. Topics include strategies and sources for finding appropriate funders, collecting the information you'll need, telling you organization's story effectively, and crafting proposals for success. This whole workshop is geared toward those who have yet to write their first proprosal and those who may be currently doing that job but would benefit from guidance.
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Monday June 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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. This workshop will include a discussion circle to share ideas as well as instructional information.
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Monday June 29
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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!
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Thursday July 23
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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. Pre-requiste: Must be a Facebook beginner, without a Facebook profile or just starting to use one.
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Thursday July 23
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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. Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook profile and be somewhat familiar with Facebook already.
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Thursday July 23
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - Help clients, volunteers and donors find you on the web, using Google Places and Google Maps. Pre-requisite: must be familiar with computer and internet basics.
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Thursday August 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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. 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).
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Thursday August 20
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - 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. Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook Page already and be familiar with Page components.
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Thursday August 20
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - Help clients, volunteers and donors find you on the web, using Google Places and Google Maps. Pre-requisite: must be familiar with computer and internet basics.
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Tuesday September 15
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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. This workshop will include a discussion circle to share ideas as well as instructional information.
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Tuesday September 15
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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!
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Friday September 18
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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. 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).
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Friday September 18
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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 Brattleboro. Pre-requisite: must have your own Facebook Page already and be familiar with Page components.
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Wednesday September 23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION - 33 PARKER ROAD - This workshop covers the basics of grant research, preparation, and writing. Topics include strategies and sources for finding appropriate funders, collecting the information you'll need, telling you organization's story effectively, and crafting proposals for success. This whole workshop is geared toward those who have yet to write their first proprosal and those who may be currently doing that job but would benefit from guidance.
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Thursday September 24
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION - 22 BROWNE COURT, UNIT 108 - 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.
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Event registration summary
ServSafe - Barre:
2 General Public Attendees
0
$80.00
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$65.00
Volunteer Coordination - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Basics - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Pages - Basic - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Google Places & Maps - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Grant Writing 101 - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Fundraising - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Online Fundraising - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Basics - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Pages - Basic - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Google Places & Maps - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
E-Newsletter - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Pages - Advanced - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Google Places & Maps - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Fundraising - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Online Fundraising - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
E-Newsletters - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Facebook Pages - Advanced - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Grant Writing 101 - Barre:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Volunteer Coordination - Brattleboro:
2 VT Foodbank Network Partners
0
$0.00
2 General Public Attendees
0
$0.00
Donation:
$0.00
Total:
$