2014 Partner Agency Conference

For twenty years we’ve come together in a celebration of our efforts and with a desire to do more. The Oregon Food Bank Network thrives through collaborative effort to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We all know people who experience hunger; whether they are our neighbors, friends, or even family. This year we turn our focus on the perspectives of those we serve.

During day one of the annual conference you will be able to tour a number of facilities which aid those experiencing poverty through innovative and client focused initiatives. We also will be screening the documentary film American Winter, which details the financial hardships of everyday families, in order to set the stage for our day two activities. The second day of the conference will open with a keynote by Paul Schroeder, founder and executive director of New City Initiative. The rest of the day will offer educational workshops and the opportunity to network with a myriad of community organizations at the resource fair. We hope you join us in continuing this longstanding tradition of growth through community collaboration, together we thrive!

Thriving Together

20th Annual All Agency Conference, June 12-13, 2014
University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203
DAY 1 Thursday, June 12: Agency Tours & American Winter Screening

2:00-4:00 PM
Agency Site Tours & Education Opportunities - Site Tour Details 

Tour Options:
  • Clackamas Service Center + Cooking Matters at the Store Tour
  • JOIN + 211 Tour
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church + Healthy Pantry Marketing Presentation
4:30-6:00 PM
Networking Reception, McMenamin’s Kennedy School

6:00-8:00 PM
Special Engagement Screening of American Winter documentary followed by Q & A with director Joe Gantz. American Winter was filmed in Portland in 2011, following families who called 211info seeking assistance.  The tours below take place at partner agencies and organizations accessed by the families in the film. We hope you will be able to participate in this important view of the client experience. Learn more about American Winter 


Day 2 Friday, June 13: Conference at University of Portland
Click here for workshop descriptions

8:15-9:00:  Registration & Networking; Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00:  Keynote Presentation: TBD

10:00-10:30:  Innovation Spotlight and Volunteer Excellence Awards Presentation

10:30-10:45:  BREAK

10:45-12:00: Workshop Session 1

12:00-1:30: LUNCH & Resource Fair

1:30-2:45: Workshop Session 2

2:45-3:00: BREAK

3:00-4:15: Workshop Session 3

4:15-4:30:  Closing Plenary

Keynote Speaker: Paul Schroeder, founder and executive director of New City Initiative
Paul Schroeder (MDiv) is the founder and executive director of New City Initiative, a nonprofit whose purpose is that all people should achieve their full human potential, and whose mission is to engage faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness.  A former Greek Orthodox priest, Paul was inspired by his experience with the CUSINA program, which offered Greek cooking classes for people transitioning out of homelessness, to create a network of congregations supporting people's efforts to end their homelessness.  He is the author and translator of On Social Justice: St Basil the Great, a collection of homilies by Basil of Caesarea, a 4th-century Christian figure who founded a center called the "new city" that was dedicated to healing the whole person.  He is also the creator of Building the New City, an interfaith curriculum on homelessness that has been used by dozens of congregations in the Portland area.