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Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio State University Extension


Virtual Food Service Conference

July 8, 2022

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Virtual Food Service Conference

Join us on August 4 for a complimentary virtual Food Service Conference that will assist attendees with designing a K-12 food service action plan for the 2022-23 school year. This conference is designed for school cafeteria staff, registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, parents, registered school wellness teams, and PTA/PTO.
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Additionally, attendees will:

  • Gain understanding of an approved school lunch program that meets federal and state guidelines
  • Develop school meal trends throughout the K-12 meal program to increase meal consumption.
  • Identify strategies for effective self-care to promote work/life balance and mental wellness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of school cafeteria design and trending food service equipment.
  • Identify impact of food service sector in creating wasted food and interventions to reduce waste.
  • Identify how food service teams and schools play a pivotal role in reducing food waste in communities.

August 4, 2022 Conference Agenda

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Self-Care: Putting You and Your Team First
Marie Economos & Beth Stefura, Educators, OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences

9:30 a.m.
ODE Updates on Child Nutrition Programs

Brian Davis, Assistant Director, Food & Nutrition Service, Ohio Department of Education

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
A School Lunch Trifecta

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

11:30 a.m.
New Equipment & Design for School Cafeteria’s

Tyler Schmeck, Zinc Marketing

12:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Opportunities for impact-Food Service & Waste Reduction

Brian Roe, PhD, Van Curen Professor in Department of Agriculture, Ohio State University

2:00 p.m.
Food Loss and Waste

Alex Nichols-Vinueza, Program Manager

Panel-Food Sustainability in School Food Service

Brian Roe, PhD, Carol Smathers, Dan Remley, PhD, Alex Nichols-Vinueza

3:15 p.m.

Registration is FREE and the deadline is August 3.

Please register at:

Once registered, you will receive your Zoom link. Please save that email.

Continuing Education

Pending for 5.5 SNS CEU’s
Pending for 5.5 RD/DTR
Offering USDA Professional Standard Credits


Ohio State University Extension
Trumbull County

520 W. Main St., Suite 1
Cortland, OH 44410
Marie Economos:

Mahoning County
490 S. Broad St.
Canfield, OH 44406
Beth Stefura: