Greetings from the SHFM Industry Advisory Board

What do you get when you mix a little bit of Miami Vice with a little bit of Baywatch?  That’s right, you get Hunger Games 4!!!  And it comes up all HEARTS, more on that in a moment.

We continue to see significant growth in membership, educational opportunities, resources and support among members, and along with that, a tremendous sense of camaraderie and spirit in the SHFM Community.  Not surprisingly, that same spirit as it pertains to giving and lending a helping hand to those in dire need has risen exponentially.

One of the most exciting networking events at our National Conference is the IAB sponsored charity event where each year we research and then select a most worthy organization for the work they do in their community as it relates to helping others who are struggling with food insecurity.  This year, we have chosen Joshua’s Heart as the recipient of our donation, whose mission is to eliminate hunger locally, across the country, and around the world, in a world where everyone helps their neighbors.  We are very excited to partner with them and their programs specifically targeting children in need through back pack programs, weekend meal assists, H.O.P.E. boxes, educational programs and much more. 
Please take a moment to view a very important video message about the Joshua’s Heart Mission from its humble beginnings on the site homepage.

At the 2017 National Conference, we will feature (back by very popular demand) the next generation of the Hunger Games and it will be brought to you with a slice of Miami Vice and a touch of Baywatch.  We were able to round up most of the crooked judges from past games and have added a few new challenges. Not much experience or skill is needed as on the job training and encouragement (some liquid) will be plentiful.  We look forward to your participation at this networking event as we raise funds for a most worthy cause and in so doing, accidentally have loads of fun. 

We have seen a sharp increase in the amount of support and eagerness to sponsor this event and its recipient agencies. To that end, we are arranging for all vendors, members of SHFM or individuals who would like to personally donate to have such opportunity.  You may get involved in a variety of ways in support of Joshua’s Heart

If you are interested in participating or your company is interested in sponsoring this event please see the registration form to sign up. If you have already registered and would like to participate and/or sponsor you may update your online registration or contact SHFM headquarters at 502-574-9931. Donating of course is totally voluntary.  Please know that every cent raised goes into the event and to the recipient agency.

The generosity and support from the SHFM Community for this event has grown by leaps and bounds.  It is flat out overwhelming.  What you have done for those so in need is immeasurable and we thank you from the deepest part of our hearts.  Last year you raised over $17,000 in cash and food supplies for Kitchen On The Street in Phoenix.  We anticipate surpassing that number in Miami this year with your help.
We hope you’ll consider getting involved. For more information please contact:
Shayne Varnum
Mike Johnston
Connie Dickson