There are tremendous opportunities for Community Based Organizations to be leaders in the food movement. Examples of specific partnership-building steps we can help you take include:
Assessment of specific goals, consistent with its mission and capacities, that could be achieved by the CBO through partnerships with local and regional institutions
Identification of specific needs of potential institutional partners that the products, programs and/or services of the CBO could help meet
Development of relationship building and communications strategies
Evaluation methods once partnership principles and activities are established.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a non-profit food hub based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Their strategies to grow a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of RI farmers and eaters include community access nutrition education programs such as the Rhode Island Farm to Cafeteria project—one of the most successful in the nation.
“When we looked to build programmatic relationships with hospital leaders in Rhode Island, we turned to Fresh Advantage for their expertise. Marydale and her colleagues developed an effective strategy to assist us in creating collaborations that increase hospital community access to fresh foods. Based on their knowledge of the health care sector and hospital operations, Fresh Advantage has directed outreach that enabled us to connect with clinical programs, like patient support groups for individuals with diet related chronic disease. They helped us promote our Veggie Box and Market Mobile programs through these activities, to hospital employees, administration and patients. Efforts to engage food and nutrition service departments have been successful and we are now working with multiple partners to conduct cafeteria and outpatient events. Fresh Advantage understands how to make the change process rewarding, using creativity and their deep knowledge base of both health care and community food systems.”