Whether you work in a school kitchen, the classroom, or even in the school office, everyone on campus can be engaged in school food. We all have a stake in making sure our kids are eating delicious and healthy meals, and this also means staying educated on food-related topics ourselves! From food education to anti-hunger to food policy, there is a vast amount of work being done to improve the food system and re-shape our food and education landscape. So, we thought we would take this week to highlight some events, both locally and nationally, that can help all of us stay engaged in the great work being done to bolster our food and education systems across the nation.
2020 Growing Healthy Communities Conference (Newark, NJ)
Monday March 30, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Educators are our first line of defense in the battle to make our children healthier nationwide. The Growing Healthy Communities Conference gathers teachers, school administrators, school food service providers and non-profit leaders together with the goal of making our children and communities healthier and stronger. A full day of interactive workshops cover a wide range of topics that contribute to raising better learners, healthier students and overall healthy school communities. The conference aims to increase the reach and depth of our potential to grow healthy children, families, and neighborhoods. Register here!
NYC's Conference on Poverty and Hunger (New York, NY)
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 8:00am – 5:00pm
This year’s Conference will focus on how Food Bank For New York City and its network of Emergency Food Providers and partners address the ways hunger intersects across three key areas: Health & Wellness, Immigration, and Housing & Homelessness. Throughout the day, conference attendees will learn the pathways created to address these intersections for New Yorkers in need at every stage of their life cycle. Listen, hear, and learn how we can find and collaborate on solutions that address the hidden, yet pervasive, impact of food insecurity in our city. Register here!
Edible Schoolyard Summer Training (Berkeley, CA)
June 24th-26th, 2020 | Applications due March 1st, 2020 by 11:59pm
We train educators, gardeners, chefs, and advocates from all over the world to seed and grow edible education in their schools, cafeterias, and communities. Join us to learn and share core principles and practical tools for engaging students in academics, sensory learning, and culturally responsive lessons in the kitchen, garden, and cafeteria. Apply here!
34th Annual Child Nutrition Conference (Atlanta, Georgia)
April 14th-16th, 2020
This conference is packed with trainings, learning excursions, workshops, exhibitors, and more! Come learn about all of the latest in CACFP policy and regulations, and find out more about what your peers are doing all around the country to help feed our most food insecure populations. If you receive CACFP reimbursements for Red Rabbit meals, or if you would like to start, this conference could be for you! Register here!
2020 National Head Start Conference (Phoenix, Arizona)
March 29th-April 2nd, 2020
The Head Start community is driven like none other to provide opportunities for success in the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children and families. It’s imperative that our community gathers together every year to celebrate Head Start’s vital mission, and discuss the latest developments, innovations, and obstacles in early childhood. Only by stepping away from our day-to-day work can we look at the big picture and help propel Head Start to even greater heights. Register here!
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
April 21st-23rd, 2020
Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more for three days of learning, networking and movement building. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Register here!