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Symposium Special Topics


The 2018 Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium program featured several high-interest “bonus” presentations which supplemented the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) certification curriculum. These special topics were shared by guest presenters representing Smarter Lunchrooms state collaboratives from around the country as well as SLM National Office staff. These topics, with video-on-demand links and supplemental resources, are listed below.

Further information on these topics and PDFs of slide presentations can be requested from

The guest presenters’ bios can be found here.

Using Operational Technology to Support Your State Collaborative

Jessica Gadomski MS, RDN, LDN (Smarter Lunchrooms – Illinois)

Social Media and Smarter Lunchrooms Initiatives

Nick Drzal, MPH, RDN (Smarter Lunchrooms – Michigan)

Social Media Platforms Chart

    Communication is Key: Generating Buy-In and Providing Ongoing Support 

    Kelly Kunkel (Smarter Lunchrooms – Minnesota)

    Using Smarter Lunchrooms Strategies to Boost Breakfast

    Kelly Kunkel (Smarter Lunchrooms – Minnesota)

    Measuring Consumption Using Tray Waste and the 4-Quarters Method

    Adam Brumberg (Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office)

    The Grant Landscape: How to Write a Successful Grant Application

    Adam Brumberg (Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office)

    Benefits of a State Collaborative

    MaryAnn Mills, MPH (Smarter Lunchrooms – California)

    How to Start a Smarter Lunchrooms State Collaborative

    Erin Sharp, MS, MAT (Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office)

    Smarter Mealtimes for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Settings

    Bianca Smith (Smarter Lunchrooms – Washington)

    Introduction to the Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice