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    Amid an incredibly challenging year, we are thrilled to be able to open up the 2020 Meals on Wheels Virtual Conference and Expo happening this August 31 – September 3 to all Meals on Wheels America Members at no cost. During a time of unprecedented uncertainty, with nearly 600 programs applying for and receiving more than $24 million in emergency funding from us to date, we wanted to provide the entire Membership with a much-needed opportunity to reflect, refocus and recharge for what’s ahead. We would not be able to do this without our generous sponsors. 
     
    While we look forward to a time when we can be together in-person again, we are creating a virtual convening that’s timely and relevant, easily accessible, conscious of your busy schedule, and yet familiar to our long-time Conference attendees. It will be four days of valuable learning, inspiration, and networking like we’ve never done before!
     
    Registration opening soon!

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    2020 FOCUS AREAS

    MEALS ON WHEELS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

    We continue to be in awe of the resiliency, determination and leadership of the network through this challenging and uncertain time, and the awareness for Meals on Wheels' vital role in this ongoing crisis has never been greater. Join us to reflect on one of the most challenging times for Meals on Wheels in recent history, share innovations and adaptations that will become the “new normal” way of operating and explore how to maintain and leverage this heightened awareness as we work to secure the funding and resources necessary to serve an increased number of vulnerable seniors.

    RACIAL DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

    Recent acts of police brutality, civil unrest and the increased momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement have further underscored the racial injustice and systemic barriers that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color face in this country. The better we understand racial disparities in food security, healthcare and our culture as a whole, the more effectively and inclusively we can address senior hunger and isolation in America and the more equitably we can run our organizations.

    EMERGING AND EVOLVING OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE MORE SENIORS

    Opportunities to integrate Meals on Wheels into the healthcare ecosystem are constantly shifting as the world around us changes rapidly. Sessions will focus on the continued need to adapt existing models, expand on our More Than a Meal® service offering – comprised of nutrition, safety, socialization and community connections – and measure outcomes to improve care.

    AGENDA

    LEARNING TRACK KEY

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    • HEALTHCARE

      Designed to ready and empower organizations to take advantage of potential revenue-generating opportunities that integrate Meals on Wheels into the healthcare ecosystem.
    • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

      Designed to equip program staff at all levels with the skills and information needed to more effectively engage your communities to advocate for support, inspire lifelong ambassadors and remain top-of-mind in a crowded marketplace. 
    • DEVELOPMENT

      Designed to help organizations grow and diversify sustainable revenue streams through expert advice, training and insights, as well as case studies and best practices from successful Meals on Wheels programs.
    • LEADERSHIP

      Designed to build on the skills and knowledge of program leaders, board members and other decision-makers to support you in leading your organizations to not only be more contemporary and sustainable, but also enable your teams to adapt and thrive in an uncertain climate.
    • SERVICE OFFERINGS

      Designed to help organizations adapt to and thrive in a competitive marketplace by differentiating Meals on Wheels’ unique and invaluable offerings from our competitors and better defining and enhancing our value proposition.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020

    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT – National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) Pre-Conference Intensive: Part 1
    1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT – National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) Pre-Conference Intensive: Part 2
    3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT – Current State Town Hall: Administration for Community Living
    4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT – General Session: 2020 Conference Kick Off

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

    11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions

    community
    4 Ways to Keep Volunteers Engaged and Connected During COVID-19                           
    service
    Title Sponsor Session
     

    12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions

    community
    Tips for Maintaining Momentum While Awareness is High                                                   
    service
    What's New for Meals on Wheels Loves Pets
     

    1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EDT Sponsor Spotlights
    2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT General Session: Listen & Learn Panel
    3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT 
    – Concurrent Sessions

    leadership
    Tales of COVID-19 Crisis-Inspired Innovations                                                     
    service
    Future of the Congregate Nutrition Program in the Age of COVID-19                                   

     
    4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT 
    – Recharge Break
    4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT 
    – Networking Breakouts

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT – Communities of Practice Meetings
    1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Sessions

    development
    Donor Cultivation and Stewardship                                                 
    healthcare
    Healthcare Opportunities in a Post-COVID World                                                                

     
    2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT 
    – Sponsor Spotlights
    3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT 
    – General Session: Keynote
    3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT – Recharge Break
    4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Sessions

    leadership
    The Big Bang Theory of Budgeting                                               
    service
    Technology Driven Innovations to Optimize Hospital Partnerships - Lessons Learned            

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

    11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. EDT – Meals on Wheels America Office Hours
    12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions

    leadership
    Unconscious Bias: What Can We Do About It?                                                                   
    service
    Staying Safe While Staying Home
      
    1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT – Concurrent Sessions
     
    service
    Creating, Fostering and Maintaining Connections During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
    healthcare
    The Power of Data and the Importance of Storytelling

     
    3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT – General Session: Closing Keynote
    4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT – Recharge Break
    4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT – Networking Breakouts


    All times and events subject to change

    REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

    ACT NOW! GET YOUR ORGANIZATION READY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE

    This year's Virtual Conference will be open to Members of Meals on Wheels America only. 

    FOR MEMBERS

    Ensuring your Membership and Organization Roster are both up to date will expedite the registration process once open in a few weeks. Here are two things your organization’s Principal Member can do this week to prepare:

    1. Make sure you renew your Membership on time. This year’s Virtual Conference will only be open to Members in good standing. If your Membership has expired or will expire between now and September 1, we encourage you to renew now. If you have questions about your Membership status or need assistance with renewal, feel free to reach out to membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org
    2. Make sure that your Organization Roster is up to date. In order for us to validate and approve each individual’s request to log on to our Virtual Conference platform, they must be included on your Organization Roster in Member Central. All you need to do is have your Principal Member log on to this Member Central page to make any necessary updates or additions using the EDIT or ADD NEW buttons. If you need assistance, feel free to reach out to membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

    NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN TODAY!

    If your program is a nonprofit organization, governmental agency or tribal organization engaged directly in the provision of meals and/or nutrition services to seniors, you are eligible to join Meals on Wheels America today. For $300 or less for an entire year, organizational Membership provides every person on your staff and board of directors full access to the wide range of services and information designed specifically to help you to better serve the seniors in your community.
    JOIN NOW

    Questions? Contact membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org

    DON'T MISS THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT

    In 2019, Meals on Wheels America welcomed more than 550 senior nutrition professionals from more than 300 programs. With an 94% attendee satisfaction rating, here’s what attendees had to say about our latest gathering:

    "I loved the whole conference! The ability to network with others and learn more about Meals on Wheels America especially."

    "I believe it to be one of the best conferences in that it addresses concerns that apply to our diverse group. I honestly cannot say enough about it."

    "This was my very first conference. I was very impressed with content of the sessions being relevant to my new career. Each session that I attended was very informative and helpful."
     
    "I had a good time and it renewed my passion for our Meals on Wheels program and the projects that go along with it. It's nice to hear new perspectives, and in some cases, it's just nice to know that other organizations face the same issues that you face."

    "Overall, I really enjoyed the conference and came away feeling motivated and inspired."

    "The keynote presentations were the best and I enjoyed connecting with peers – some that I've known for years and some that I just met."

    "I felt I belonged to something bigger than our program. I learned a lot to apply to my program and I came back invigorated."

    "I enjoyed having the opportunity to expand my knowledge on managing non-profits. I was able to learn new ideas of how to work more efficiently and make better use of the assets in my community."

    CHECK OUT OUR 2019 CONFERENCE RECAP

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