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Oct 10-12, 2019: Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium!

Save the date!

This year, our annual Symposium will be held Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12, on the beautiful campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. This will make our program accessible to colleagues whose schedules did not line up with our spring dates – so if you have wanted to attend for years but could not travel in May, this is your year! Plus, new and returning participants can enjoy Ithaca's famed fall colors and activities! We hope old friends and new colleagues alike will join us for this exciting and empowering program.

This year’s program includes full Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) certification with a strong focus on real-world application. Participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to partner with schools and use behavioral economics strategies to encourage kids to select, eat, and enjoy healthy food choices in schools without eliminating choice. We will also feature research, a resource fair, guided practice, and a site visit to a working lunchroom. Our experts from around the country will share strategies for leveraging Smarter Lunchrooms and Smarter Mealtimes in lunchrooms, early childhood education settings, breakfast programs, summer feeding programs, food pantries, and meals outside of the lunchroom environment. Other special topics will include reducing waste, school gardens, incorporating technology, and best practices for working with specific populations. There will be time for members of SLM state collaborative groups to meet as well as whole-group networking opportunities.

Registration and hotel information will be posted later this spring, so stay tuned to our social media channels for updates! If you have questions or would like to share information or resources through our resource library, please contact us.

Follow these links to learn more about last year’s symposium, special topics, and research. We hope you can join us!

Can’t attend the symposium this year or interested in becoming a TAP sooner? Check out our online TAP certification course. The next class begins May 1. Click here to enroll!