In line with Closing the Hunger Gap’s value of striving to nurture a community that builds collective power and shared learning, the CTHG network convenes several Communities of Practice, which hold space for individuals to engage in deep conversations on racial equity, client engagement, and narrative change. Hosted by video conference, monthly topics are driven by participants’ interests and expertise, as well as the CTHG values and goals.
- Racial Equity: This group convenes the second Monday of each month to talk about race, privilege, and equity within the emergency food system. Past topics have included how to discuss racial equity with board members, the history of racism in the emergency food system, talking about racial equity with clients, and more. Contact Suzanne Babb if you are interested in this group.
- Narrative Change: This strategic working group convenes monthly to brainstorm how we can begin to shift the narrative about who experiences hunger and why, and is developing resources and tools to help organizations shift their narrative. Contact Debbie Grunbaum if you are interested in this group.
- Client / Constituent Engagement: This group began convening in July 2018 to talk about how to engage clients and constituents in emergency food programs and leadership. Contact Randi Lynn Quackenbush if you are interested in this group.