Welcome to the FEAST Toolkit, produced by the Kansas Rural Center (KRC). After co-coordinating Kansas in fall 2012, KRC compiled this collection of documents to support other communities in planning their own FEAST or FEAST-like events.
As detailed in the Planning Manual, FEAST is an Oregon Food Bank designed model for community organizing around food, education, and agriculture. This toolkit includes a Planning Manual offered by the Oregon Food Bank, an image of the food banks official FEAST logo, and a number of KRC-created support documents. The KRC-created documents are open for use by the general public. However, the Oregon Food Bank does wish to be kept abreast of any persons or groups planning to use the FEAST logo or title in event promotions. Their Planning Manual includes a document for event planners to submit, indicating their use of the FEAST event format.
This letter from the Kansas Rural Center introduces the FEAST Toolkit and its purpose.
Trying to decide whether or not FEAST is for you? This article may help.
This is a sample handout that could be used at a FEAST or FEAST-like event to help created a shared understanding among event participants of what the purpose of the day is, and what we mean when we talk about “community food.”
This is a sample template for a handout that community food organizers might use to outline the agenda of the day for event participants. Organizers are welcome to download this tool and modify it for their own use.
This is a tool community food organizers can use for any event they are planning, to help all other facilitators and presenters “get on the same page” about the details of the plan for the day. Whereas general event participants may receive a simple Event Program, this Facilitation Plan tool could be used “internally” among event planners only (but not distributed to general event participants). Organizers are welcome to download this tool and modify it for their own use.
This is the official FEAST logo, which may be used by those who have contacted the Oregon Food Bank for permission.
This is a sample description of a FEAST event. It demonstrates the importance of post-event follow-up and telling the story to those who were not there.
This is a sample post-event article released to a press list, to help raise awareness by telling the story of what happened at FEAST to those who were not there.
This is a highly recommended training document for anyone interested in or planning to host a FEAST or FEAST-like event. This manual was written by the founders of FEAST, the Oregon Food Bank, and includes essential information for planning and hosting a FEAST event.
Individuals planning a FEAST or FEAST-like event may find these sample agendas useful for organizing Steering Committee Meetings, and involving the community in organizing the event.
This is a sample worksheet that community food organizers could use to document what is discussed at different tables in large group events. Organizers are welcome to download this tool and modify it for their own use.
This is a sample worksheet that community food organizers could use to document who participates in various small group discussions at large group events. Organizers are welcome to download this tool and modify it for their own use.
This case study from the Center for Rural Affairs describes a FEAST conversation in Thayer County, Nebraska.