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What: The fourth in a series of regional forums around the country, this dynamic event is focused on healthy, climate-friendly school foodservice. During the forum portion of the day, participants will have opportunities to cultivate new relationships and learn from school food leaders across the region about how they have employed cost-effective approaches to implement healthy, plant-forward menus, reduce food waste, and increase student participation and engagement. The event also includes a Festival where students and their families will have the opportunity to cook with a professional chef, attend health and wellness workshops, and sample the creations of the chef-led student participants. The festival will also feature local producers who will have the opportunity to network and offer product samples to regional foodservice directors and families.
When: Forum is 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Festival runs 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
Why: With seven billion meals served annually by K-12 schools, shifting menus toward more plant-forward options and increasing sourcing from local, organic farms is a powerful lever for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful impacts of industrial food, while leading towards a generational shift toward healthier eating.
Forum: Stakeholders in K-12 foodservice, including foodservice directors, school nutritionists and staff, foodservice operators, sustainability coordinators, policymakers, and non-profits working on healthy and sustainable food solutions. (CE credit will likely be offered for attendance.)
Regional producers are being offered 50% off (code: producer50)!
Festival: All of the above plus parents, students, chefs and community members.
How: Register via EventBrite
When: November 8
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free – $115
Thomas Edison High School of Technology
12501 Dalewood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906 United States