The Houston Food Bank delivered 79 million meals in 2016 and had a goal to deliver 100 million meals in 2018. With this massive expansion, training was required in a number of areas, from leadership development to food safety and compliance. Delivering this training while keeping operating expenses low, however, seemed difficult—that is, until they got support from the Houston L&D community.

In this session, learn how the Houston ATD chapter organized a community effort and competition to develop and deliver training content to the Houston Food Bank and establish an infrastructure to manage training in a systematic, automated way. You’ll learn about the birth of the concept, the project management required to put it into action, and the ongoing effort now to support and continue the expansion of the food bank’s learning ecosystem. At the end of the session, you will be equipped with an outline for creating your own L&D social-good project for your community.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to organize your L&D community to support charities and services
  • How to assess the learning needs of charities
  • About technologies you can use to support learning organizations
  • About the keys to ongoing success and building a learning culture
  • Methods to manage volunteer project work with a deadline


Intermediate to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Learning management systems, authoring tools, project management, and association management systems.