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Building Networks to Alleviate Food Insecurity

Wed June 28th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

This interactive session guides participants through the process of creating a “food security resource guide” tailored to the location and populations they serve. Facilitators will lead activities designed to help family service providers immediately implement food security knowledge in their local communities. 

This 90-minute workshop uses the Spectrum of Prevention framework to encourage participants to identify and view programs and services in their communities in ways that can support efforts to reduce food insecurity among military families.

Participants will have the ability to use their microphone or the chat pod to ask questions and engage with facilitators and other attendees.

Learning Objectives

  1. Enable service providers to build a response and referral plan as they work with families experiencing food insecurity or who may be at risk for being food insecure 
  2. Develop a localized resource guide
  3. Develop action steps for engaging in a local food system

2023 MFRA logo wheat icon in front of a blue starJoin us as we mobilize family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to focus on expanding food security for our military family population with the 2023 Military Family Readiness Academy, Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action.


Service providers have the ability to expand food security in the communities they support. Join the 2023 Academy series to explore food insecurity’s impact on military families, and discover how to apply your knowledge to the communities you serve!

2023 MFRAcademy


LinkedIn Group

Make the most of the experience by joining the Military Families and Food Insecurity LinkedIn Group where you can connect with other service providers working to help families affected by food insecurity.


Jessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. She works as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.

Bob Bertsch has worked for more than 20 years in communications, education, and web technology, and has found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He seeks and shares insights on weaving collaborative networks and on developing a culture of innovation through his work with the North Dakota State University Extension and OneOp.

Courtney Paolicelli is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and a public health practitioner who is experienced in the development and evaluation of Federal nutrition education and health promotion programs.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This program has been submitted for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator (CNWE): This program has been submitted for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CNWE.
  • Case Manager: This program has been approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide board-certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program has been pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) to provide continuing education credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The program has been approved for a total of 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work (Social Work, LPC, LMFT): This program has been submitted for 1.5 CEs.
  • Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) for AFCs.
  • Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEs from FinCert for CPFCs.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE): This program has been approved for 1.5 CEs from National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for CFLEs.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Nutrition Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR): This program has been approved for 1.5 CPEU from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for RDNs and NDTRs.
  • A OneOp Certificate of Attendance will be available.

More CE updates are coming soon. Check back for updates.

Event Materials

Download the Food Security Resource Guide to create a localized reference guide of food programs and resources.

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