This is an opportunity to help your partner agency put on a big meal and eat with the patrons who normally get food from them. It can really help you see the impact of the work that you’re doing and hear more personal stories.
Alternatively, this could be an opportunity to invite those who receive food from the PA to the campus cafeteria, where they can be served directly by dining. This helps build the relationship between campus and the community.
You can either cook the meal together with your partner agency or use the food you recovered to make up the meal. Either way, make sure that students and patrons are sitting about equally at tables.
Partner Agency Panel
A Partner Agency Panel is a great idea for chapters that have multiple partner agencies (PAs). Ask each PA to send a representative, then have them all speak about their organization (what they do, who they serve, what their needs are, etc). The primary purpose of the panel is to provide networking opportunities to different PAs in the area that may not be connected, as well as allow for brainstorming opportunities in regards to collaboration.
Decide beforehand what sorts of questions you want to ask and who will be the moderator. Think about what sorts of representatives you would like from each partner agency--would the volunteer coordinator be most helpful or the outreach coordinator?
Set Up A Garden
If it is something your PA has the time and space for, helping them set up a garden is an incredible contribution. Fresh vegetables can be grown in a relatively small space. Whether it’s container gardening, a raised bed, or a full farm, growing food is a relaxing and educational activity that promotes health and wellness to everyone involved.
It’s important to decide how you will work together to keep the garden going. How will the garden be funded? Will people served by your partner agency take care of it? Will your chapter be solely responsible for it? Who will harvest the fruit/veggies? Make sure you set this up ahead of time so that the garden is well taken care of.