Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit - May 21 and 22, 2024

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Join us  . . . 

on May 21 and May 22 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood for the 2024 Heathy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit: More than a Meal – Fueling the Commonwealth’s Future! 
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Sponsored by the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

Suggested Learning Codes (SLC) for USDA Professional Standards listed after session descriptions. May 21 provides up to 4.5 hours and May 22 provides up to 5.25 hours of professional development.

Sponsored by the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

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Join your school nutrition colleagues . . .

on May 23 for a Director Level Exclusive event designed specifically for directors and assistant directors to inspire, foster networking and discussions on hot topics, and offer a well-deserved opportunity to step away from your district to recharge!

Invite your managers to join you on May 24 for a full day of professional development with sessions that aim to transform the cafeteria experience, promote networking, and showcase ingredient versatility to create student-approved diverse menu options for your district! Join conversations during a variety of panel discussions offered at the breakout sessions to explore grants, student taste tests, local procurement, and strategies to hire, train and retain staff.
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Sponsored by the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

Suggested Learning Codes (SLC) for USDA Professional Standards listed after session descriptions. May 21 provides up to 4.5 hours and May 22 provides up to 5.25 hours of professional development.

May 21 – $150
For School Nutrition Professionals and Wellness Committee Members

Celebrate. Network. Innovate.

The annual Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit kicks off on May 21 and this is an event you don’t want to miss! Join school nutrition professionals and school wellness committee members to celebrate successful programs, network with colleagues across the Commonwealth, and make connections to the cafeteria, classroom and beyond!

Please note that the May 21st schedule has been updated to accommodate our special legislative guest.

Check In, SWITCH Wellness Showcase and Networking – 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Network with colleagues and partners from community organizations and discover resources in support of school wellness. SLC: 4150

Buffet Lunch – 11:45 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Address

Robert Leshin, MPA, Director, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
DESE’s Education Vision Strategic Objective 1 is to cultivate systems to support the whole student and foster joyful, healthy, and supportive learning environments so that all students feel valued, connected, nourished and ready to learn. Join us in recognizing districts around the Commonwealth who inspire all of us to expand and deepen our commitment to students. SLC: 4150

Kyle R. MacDonald, MD, MPH, CPH, Chief Science & Program Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Join Dr. Kyle MacDonald as he presents on the transformative power of collaboration between the cafeteria, classroom, and community in nurturing student health and academic achievement. Dr. MacDonald will shed light on the critical role of food literacy in shaping student health and academic success and share how innovative approaches to nutrition education can drive positive change within educational settings. This keynote includes storytelling of firsthand experiences, a mindful sampling and tangible resources to ignite enthusiasm and curiosity for healthy food choices.  Don’t miss this chance to be inspired, informed, and equipped to create healthier, more vibrant school environments. SLCs: 1220, 4150, 4160

Breakout Session Mix Up – 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Join one of the sessions below or move in and out of the sessions as you’d like.

Facilitated by Nicole Good, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE and Lynnea Spencer, MEd, RD, LDN, SNS, The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition
Join fellow school wellness committee members in a lively discussion on school wellness hot topics, including best practices and strategies for overcoming barriers to implementation. This interactive session will allow for group discussion and networking, helping to foster communication and collaboration amongst wellness professionals across the Commonwealth! SLC: 4150

Network with colleagues and partners from community organizations and discover resources in support of school wellness. SLC: 4150

Facilitated by Kelly Burke, RD, SNS, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
Join us for an old fashion recipe swap. Before the big day, submit your recipes that are currently served in your school meal program. Collected recipes will be shared so we can all discuss and exchange ideas. Take home a collection of “meal planning inspo” for school year 24-25! SLC: 1110

Facilitated by Denise Courtney, MS, RD, SNS, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
Terrific Trays have given us a chance to show parents, administrators, and community members the delicious meals being served in schools around the Commonwealth. Now it is your turn! Join us for a hands-on workshop to get tips on how to use your smart phone to take pictures that tell the story of your cafeteria. SLC: 4120

Concurrent Breakout Sessions – 3 to 4 p.m.

Select one of the three sessions below.

Presented by Jessica Lander, History and Civics Teacher of Immigrant Origin Students, Lowell Public Schools and Alysia Spooner-Gomez, RD, General Manager Food & Nutrition, Lowell Public Schools
Join us to learn about a highly successful collaboration between the 2023 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, her recent immigrant students, and the Lowell Public Schools Food Services! The Tasting History Project started as a classroom, centering students’ stories, histories, and traditions in a published cookbook. Now the food services collaborate with the class to cook and share family recipes in district’s cafeterias, centering, celebrating, and valuing the vibrant diversity of their community. SLCs: 1220, 4150

Panel moderated by Denise Courtney, MS, RD, SNS, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
Do you have hungry athletes that need access to more than a vending machine before practice? Does your district offer summer enrichment programs that would benefit from meals available at no cost? Join us for a panel discussion on the opportunities available to school districts operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. SLC: 4150

Panel moderated by Maggie Nowak, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
Looking for a new solution for school year and summer school meal distribution? In Massachusetts, a variety of funders in collaboration with DESE FNP have supported the purchase of mobile food trucks utilized to operate different Child Nutrition Programs and initiatives across the Commonwealth. Hear from three SFAs on how they are leveraging food trucks and trailers in their districts to elevate their Child Nutrition Programs. Consider if a food truck might be right for your district. SLCs: 2240, 4110

Recognition Ceremony: More than a Meal, Terrific Trays, and Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program Schools – 4:15 to 5 p.m.

Russell D. Johnston, Acting Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

School Nutrition Association Reception – 5 p.m. – $20

Join SNA of Massachusetts for a mix and mingle with cocktails, small bites, and an interactive showcase of 18 vendors, featuring on-site tours of school nutrition food trucks. Connect and reflect with colleagues after day one of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Program Summit and help us celebrate our Massachusetts Terrific Tray winners. 

May 22 – $180
For School Nutrition Directors, Assistant Directors, & Managers
Invest. Network. Innovate

Invest in professional development for you and your managers. Join us on May 22 as we explore strategies to enhance meal quality and kitchen efficiencies by optimizing your equipment use, and discover new cooking techniques, as well as the power of the production record. Network with school nutrition professionals and partners at the school nutrition showcase. Discover innovative approaches from a panel of school nutrition directors in response to the challenges and opportunities of universal school meals.

Check In and Continental Breakfast – 7 a.m.

Welcome and Morning Keynote Address

Welcome
Karen McGrail, MEd, RDN, LDN, Director, The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition

Fueling the Commonwealth’s Future
Robert Leshin, MPA, Director, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
With the first year of universal free school meals in books, Rob will reflect on how much has changed and consider how we can seize this opportunity to Fuel the Commonwealth’s Future. SLC: 4150

Christie White, Owner, What’s 4 Lunch, LLC
School kitchens are busy cooking, and many are doing it understaffed, feeding more students and lack the proper know how to correctly use their commercial kitchens. Learning to use your commercial kitchen properly is the key to daily efficiency, daily production, and improved quality. Not to mention the role it plays in menu development and dollars spent for equipment. There is not a better time than now to learn how to use convection, steam, combi mode and holding the right way! We will also talk about how to batch cook, even when you don’t think there is time – FRESH IS BEST!  Remember, equipment is the daily afterthought of the kitchen, but you don’t have hot food to serve without it. So, bring your pen, paper, an open mind and learn how to use your commercial kitchen to your benefit! SLCs: 2100, 2140, 3500, 3510

Morning Breakout Sessions – 10 to 11 a.m. 

Presented by Chef Patrick Garmong, Associate Director of Culinary Education and Training, Institute of Child Nutrition
This interactive culinary training demonstration will guide you through the essential techniques and best practices for using key kitchen equipment and appliances to enhance the quality and efficiency of your food production. We will delve into the practical uses of wedges, tomato slicers, and versatile food processors and demonstrate how these tools can transform the way you handle fruits and vegetables, ensuring that every slice, shred, chop, puree, and wedge contributes to the nutritional value and visual appeal of your dishes.  SLCs: 2130, 2140

Panel moderated by Denise Courtney, MS, RD, SNS, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
Vending to other federal meal programs is an underpromoted opportunity available to schools. SFAs are the experts in volume meal production and planning reimbursable meals for federal Child Nutrition Programs. SFAs can be non-competitively procured to provide these meals to other program operators without requirements for administration or oversite. Join us to understand the role of SFA as a vendor and how this could elevate your community profile and earn revenue to improve your program.  SLC: 4110

Facilitated by Abby Getman Skillicorn, Special Projects Manager, Massachusetts Farm to School and Simca Horwitz, Co-Director, Massachusetts Farm to School
Hear from school nutrition professionals on their strategies to build a local, Terrific Tray by balancing food cost and food quality while maximizing entitlement. This interactive session will have participants menu plan a Terrific Tray that highlights local items while utilizing USDA and other commodity and commercial K-12 foods. Participants will come away with practical tools to enhance their menus next year, including recipes, procurement tips, and promotional ideas. SLC: 1130

School Nutrition Showcase – 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. 

Network with partners and discover resources to support your school meals program. SLC: 4150

Buffet Lunch – 12 p.m. 

Greetings from Maura Crowley, President, SNA of Massachusetts

Afternoon Keynote Address

Panel Moderated by Chef Patrick Garmong, Associate Director of Culinary Education and Training, Institute of Child Nutrition
Universal Free School Meals has created new challenges and opportunities for school nutrition programs in Massachusetts. Hear stories and experiences from fellow school nutrition directors and managers about how they are meeting the demands of increased participation while bringing cutting edge innovation to their programs through the investment of newly available financial resources.
SLCs: 2410; 3230; 3440

Afternoon Breakout Sessions – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Presented by Lindsey Hill, RD, SNS, Founder & CEO, Foodworks Technologies and Christie White, Owner, What’s 4 Lunch, LLC
Production records are an incredibly valuable and beneficial source of information that are often overlooked. While required for school nutrition programs, they can be so much more than proof of program compliance! Join us for this engaging session about production record processes, evaluation, and insights. Explore how to balance efficiency in collection and storage while also achieving accuracy and completion. Consider insights that can result in better planning decisions. Discover how the information we can learn from production records helps us build stronger menus and financial outcomes. Production records tell a story about our program’s financial success and participation. Together let’s discuss best practices and solutions to common challenges by giving the production record the attention it deserves. SLCs: 2100, 3200

Facilitated by Nicole Good, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
On August 9, 2023, Massachusetts made history and became the 8th state to make universal free school meals permanent. This legislative investment in school nutrition programs helps fuel student wellness and achievement in the classroom and community. While universal free school meals are a major win, there is still much work to be done! Join us for an engaging and interactive session on the importance of showcasing school nutrition programs. This interactive session will provide tips for hosting school meal site visits and allow participants to practice their “school nutrition pitch!” SLC:4110

Registration Cancellation Policy
By clicking on the “Register Now” button, you are indicating a commitment to attend and will be held responsible for the registration fee. Your fee can be refunded if you notify us of a cancellation at least 5 business days prior to the event via email to johnstalker@framingham.edu

Hotel Room Reservation Information
A limited number of hotel rooms are available on a first come, first served basis at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood on May 20 & 21. The room rate is $175.00 plus tax per night.  Call 781-769-7900 or email  Lucy Finnerty at Lucy.Finnerty@hobbsbrook.com to reserve a room. The deadline to reserve is April 19, 2024.
If you will be attending the SNA Reception, please mention SNA of Massachusetts when reserving your room.

Photo and Video Consent
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit, sponsored by The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University will be photographed and recorded for future use. Images of participants and programs may be used by the University for future marketing and digital or print publications. Your registration and attendance at this program constitutes an agreement and your consent to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) of your image or voice contained in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of this event and activity.

Presentation materials are supplementary to the live conference. Files available in an alternative format upon request.


Presentation materials are supplementary to the live conference. Files available in an alternative format upon request.

Click here to view the agenda and handouts from 2019’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit.