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    JOIN US FOR OUR 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO

    Join Meals on Wheels America this August 27 – 29 in Dallas, TX for the premier gathering of the most innovative industry experts and the most passionate senior nutrition leaders from across the country. Together as a network, we’ll focus on the crucial elements, disciplines and conversations needed to achieve long-term success for local programs, and for the future of Meals on Wheels.

    This year’s programming will once again focus on the network’s most pressing challenges and emerging opportunities:
     

    READYING PROGRAMS FOR HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIPS

    Invaluable opportunities to integrate Meals on Wheels into the healthcare ecosystem have arrived. This year’s Conference seeks to provide the support and guidance that community-based senior nutrition programs need to confidently pursue these revenue-generating partnerships. Healthcare experts and successful peers will demonstrate how to adapt existing models and measure outcomes to improve care and meet the needs of payers. Sessions will accommodate varying levels of knowledge and readiness, and will focus on service offering development, data collection and compliance.
     

    STRENGTHENING MEALS ON WHEELS’ COMPETATIVE ADVANTAGE

    The senior nutrition market has become extremely competitive and we must continue to fight for funding, contracts and a place at the table. Together, we must adapt to this new landscape and differentiate our unique and invaluable offerings from our competitors. Sessions will focus on how to further define and expand our “more than just a meal” model of delivering nutrition, socialization, safety and even care coordination.
     

    FUTURE-PROOFING OUR ORGANIZATIONS

    Thriving in the ever-changing field of senior nutrition and nonprofit management is no easy task. From volunteer management to financial planning, fundraising and digital communications, sessions will cater to senior nutrition professionals at all stages of their career, focusing on the necessary skills and competencies needed to grow personally and grow strong and sustainable organizations that can thrive for years to come.

    DON'T MISS THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT

    In 2018, Meals on Wheels America welcomed nearly 570 senior nutrition professionals – 60% being in executive leadership roles – from more than 330 programs. With an 94% attendee satisfaction rating, here’s what attendees had to say about our latest gathering:

    “The depth and quality of information provided is really excellent and beyond the basics. I appreciate the effort to provide opportunities to help programs 'move to the next level' and position themselves professionally in the changing climate.”

    “I came back home with a skip in my step and renewed excitement to be a part of Meals on Wheels.”

    “I personally appreciate how each of the last four years have built upon each other to raise the bar on how we go forward in professionalizing, unifying and expanding the Meals on Wheels movement.”

    CHECK OUT OUR 2018 CONFERENCE RECAP

    PRELIMINARY AGENDA

    MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019   

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Sessions (Additional registration fee required)
                                            - Healthcare 101 – An Introduction to Partnerships and Possibilities ($35)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Break for lunch (not provided)
    1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.      Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops (Additional registration fee required)
                                            - National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) Intensive Workshop ($60)
                                           
    - Social Enterprise Intensive Workshop ($60)

    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.      Meet & Greet Reception
    5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.      State Association Meetings              

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019 

    7:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.      Breakfast Keynote
    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Communities of Practice Speed Networking
    12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.    Lunch Keynote
    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.      Intensive Concurrent Sessions - Part 1
    3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.      Refreshment Break
    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Intensive Concurrent Sessions - Part 2
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.      Networking Reception
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.      Break Out Networking Events 

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019  

    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.      Breakfast Keynote
    9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions - Lightning Learning
    10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions - Lightning Learning
    11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.    Lunch & Business Meeting
    1:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m.       Communities of Practice
    3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.      2019 Meals on Wheels Expo (Reception begins at 4:30 p.m; Raffle at 6:00 p.m.)

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019   

    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.       Breakfast Keynote
    9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     Concurrent Sessions
    10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

    All events and times are subject to change

    CALL FOR MEMBER PRESENTERS

    The 2019 Meals on Wheels Annual Conference is being designed to to provide senior nutrition professionals with the opportunity to grow, connect and lead the Meals on Wheels movement into the future. To enhance our 2019 session content, we are now seeking Meals on Wheels America Members who can share their hands-on experience, skills and knowledge with the network.

    At this time, we are only looking for Meals on Wheels America Members to present on the topics outlined here. Members must submit an online interest form by Thursday, April 11 to be considered. Selected presenters will be notified in May and will receive $100 off the cost of their full Conference Registration. 

    2019 ACCOMMODATIONS & TRAVEL

    DALLAS AWAITS

     

    All 2019 Conference events will be held at Sheraton Dallas Hotel, conveniently located in the lively downtown district.

    Sheraton Dallas Hotel
    400 N Olive St.
    Dallas, TX 75201

    A discounted room rate of $159/night has been negotiated for Meals on Wheels Annual Conference attendees staying at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel between August 25-30, 2019. These rates are available now through August 1, 2019 provided the limited block doesn't sell out prior. 

    Reserve your discounted room today via our group rate web page or by calling 214-922-8000. In order to receive the special group rate over the phone, you must mention that you are with the Meals on Wheels Annual Conference.

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    TRAVEL INFORMATION

    BY CAR

    If traveling by car, the Sheraton Dallas Hotel has on-site self parking for $23/per day and valet parking for $31/per day. 

    BY PLANE

    • Dallas Love Field (DAL) is approximately 8 miles from the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
    • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is approximately 20 miles from the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. 
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    2019 REGISTRATION RATES

    Meals on Wheels Annual Conference and Expo Registration will open to senior nutrition program staff and boards in April. 

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    *Two or more registrants from the same program, if registered together

    **We encourage individuals from Member-eligible organizations to join Meals on Wheels America prior to registering for the 2019 Conference. Membership dues range from $175 to $300 annually for an entire organization, providing every individual on your staff and board access to valuable Member benefits all year long. Once Membership is fully processed and approved, Member Registration rates will apply. Learn more about joining at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/about-membership.
     

    2019 scholarship information will be released soon!

    For more information, please contact membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org