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Building Networks to Alleviate Food Insecurity

June 28, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Event:

This interactive session guides participants through the process of creating a food security “benefits 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 frameworks adapted from community development and capacity building to give participants the skills to network and build relationships with agencies and programs that can support efforts to reduce food insecurity among military families.

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


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

Continuing Education

  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This program has been approved 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 approved 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.
  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: This program has been approved for 1.5 CEs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • 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.

Event Materials

Workshop Slides | PDF

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

Building Networks to Alleviate Food Insecurity Conversation Harvest

Photo Credit: iStock/Courtney Hale


June 28, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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