120 — Food & Nutrition Services
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Haldane/Van Andel Arena

8:30 – 9:30 am

120a — Presenting Your Program Realities Effectively

Description: It’s vital that school administrators and School Board members clearly understand the realities of operating a school food service program. Learn techniquies for sharing your story from providing milestones and points of pride to tying the information into district metrics. Discover strategies on how to present yourself, your team, and your program in the best light.

Presenter(s): Carolyn Thomas, Macomb ISD and Mary Darnton, Jenison/Hudsonville Public Schools


9:30 – 10:30 am

120b — Make Food Not Waste

Description: Learn about an effort to turn excess food in to delicious, nutritional food for those in need. Discover how one organization exists to do just that and how the program may be able to grow across Michigan and help more people.

Presenter(s): Danielle Todd, Make Food Not Waste


10:30 – 10:45 am



10:45 – 11:15 am

120c — Food Trucks

Description: Are food trucks something your district might be interested in? Learn all the applications for food trucks, the steps needed to implement, along with approximate costs. Learn how several districts in Michigan have deployed food trucks and how they’ve helped their programs.

Presenter(s): Karl Boston, The Food Truck Shop


11:15 – 11:45 am

120d — Michigan Free Meals for All

Description: Discover the status of ongoing efforts to provide free meals for all students in Michigan. Learn about the hard work being done at the state and federal level and how your district could benefit from these efforts.

Presenter(s): Mindy Grant, No Kid Hungry Michigan


11:45 am – 12:00 pm



12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 1:30 pm

Walk to Van Andel Arena


1:30 – 4:30 pm

120e — Van Andel Arena Tour

Description: There are many sectors in the food service industry – schools are just one of them. Join a fascinating   behind the scenes tour of a public arena. Learn how they plan purchases, manage costs, prepare for events, deal with staffing and more. This is a unique opportunity to see the similarities and differences in your operations and learn tips you can take back to your district.

Presenter(s): Jeff Dubin, ASM Grand Rapids/Van Andel Arena

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