Tie partnership to sustainability and funding   

  • Partnership Development and Funding 
    i) Partnerships between SBHCs and local organizations are integral to sustainability and funding for all models and interventions. Everyone benefits from SBHCs building connections to local partners and working together to improve both student and community wellbeing.  Community partners and your local school district can also be an invaluable resource in identifying existing community food resources.  Include community partners from the beginning in asset mapping or needs assessment is a key way to build consensus and partnership.   
    ii) Volunteers and donations ensure food access sustainability beyond the Learning Network. 
    iii) Donations are a win for retail partners as well who can reduce the amount of food waste they produce.  
  • Table of potential partners etc. Farmer market, 
  • Great partners for food accessibility projects include local farms, restaurants, farmers markets, food pantries, food banks, non-profits, grocery stores, school districts, and health departments. 
  • How to get connected with local resources? 
    i) Examples/information from H2H Toolkit: Engage Community-Based Organizations and Businesses – SBHA Toolkits ( 
    ii) SBHC Partnerships, Enagement, and AwarenessPromotion Strategies.pdf 
    iii) Farm To School 
    iv) Farm to School Program | Food and Nutrition Service ( 
    v) Linkage-Agreement-Template.docx ( 
    vi) Find Your Local Food Bank | Feeding America – can be used as a tool to build connection with local org 

Partnerships to expand meal program access and outreach 

  1. Work with state agencies administering program or antihunger groups to identify gaps in services 
  2. Partner with school/ school system 
  3. Engage community to understand needs/requests for participation 
  4. Develop partnerships for enrichment activities 
  5. Advocate for increasing state funding for expansion of meals with enrichment activities   

Be an Advocte  

  • Inform others of child nutrition insecurity negative impacts and the benefits of the federal nutrition assistance programs 
  • Advocate for increasing access to nutrition assistance programs. 
  • Advocate for strengthening nutritional standards 
  • Contact your congressional leaders re policies that improve child nutrition and economic security 

Partners for current Learning Network SBHCs: – also add examples from mid-point surveys about how these partners are providing support (funds, staff, other resources, referrals etc.)  

  • Example RD at Choptank 
  • CHWs or Patient Advocate role (Rush and Open Door)   
  • LOCAL School District 
  • Local Farmers Market 
  • Food Pantry (mobile) 
  • Food Bank/ Distributor  
  • Health Department  
  • Produce Market (mobile) 
  • Homeless Coalition 
  • Food Retailers 
  • Churches 
  • Federal Food Programs- WIC, SNAP 
  • Hospital 
  • City 
  • Local Companies  
  • Local Chef 
  • Restaurant 
  • Youth Serving Community Organizations