Skip To The Main Content

    sansi-exterior-3659-hor-clsc

    JOIN US FOR THE 2020 MEALS ON WHEELS ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO

    SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2020 | SAN DIEGO, CA

    PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS BEGIN AUGUST 31

    REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN APRIL 2020



    Join Meals on Wheels America 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.
    _67A0461
    541A0142
    541A0477
    _67A0788

    2020 FOCUS AREAS

    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’ COMPETITIVE 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 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

    _67A0831
    541A0021
    _67A0404

    PRELIMINARY AGENDA

    MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2020  

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Sessions (Additional registration fee required)
                                            - Healthcare 101 – Building Blocks of Healthcare Partnership 
                                            - Board Engagement/Leadership Session

    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
                                           
    - Marketing/Leadership Intensive Workshop

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

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 

    8;00 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.  Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions
    11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Keynote Lunch & Business Meeting
    1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      Intensive Concurrent Sessions - Part 1
    3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.      Wellness Break
    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Intensive Concurrent Sessions - Part 2
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.      Networking Events 

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020  

    8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.      Breakfast Keynote
    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions
    11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions
    12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Keynote Lunch
    1:45 p.m - 3:00 p.m.       Communities of Practice
    3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.      2020 Meals on Wheels Expo (Reception begins at 4:30 p.m.; Raffle at 6:00 p.m.)

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 

    7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.       Breakfast Keynote
    9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     Concurrent Sessions
    10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Concurrent Lightning Learning Sessions
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     Optional Off-Site Facility Tour (Space will be limited; registration fee may be required)

    All events and times are subject to change

    2020 CALL FOR MEMBER PRESENTERS

    As we continue to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, planning for our September event remains business as usual. The 2020 Meals on Wheels Annual Conference and Expo is being designed to allow senior nutrition professionals to grow, connect and lead the Meals on Wheels movement into the future. To enhance our 2020 session content, we are now seeking Meals on Wheels America Members who can share their hands-on experience, skills and knowledge in a number of specific areas.

    Presenting at Conference provides a great way to showcase your program, collaborate with peers, enhance your career, gain speaking experience and broaden your network. Better yet, all Members who are selected to contribute will receive $100 off the cost of their full Conference Registration.

    LEARN MORE
    Interest Forms due Friday, March 20, 2020

    ACCOMMODATIONS & TRAVEL

    SUNNY SAN DIEGO AWAITS

     

    All 2020 Conference events will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The hotel dazzles guests with waterfront views, sophisticated accommodations and four-star amenities. Benefiting from an excellent location on Harbor Island, the resort places the best of San Diego nearby; enjoy proximity to downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and Petco Park.

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina 
    1380 Harbor Island Dr
    San Diego, CA 92101

    sansi-exterior-3660-hor-clsc

    DISCOUNTED RATES ARE LIMITED - RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY!

    A discounted room rate of $169/night (+taxes/fees) has been negotiated for Meals on Wheels Annual Conference attendees staying at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina between August 29 - September 5, 2020. These rates are available now through August 7, 2020 provided the limited block doesn't sell out prior.

    You can reserve your discounted room via our group rate web page or by calling Mariott's reservation line at 1-888-544-2523. In order to receive the special group rate over the phone, you must mention that you are with the Meals on Wheels Annual Conference.
    RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW


     
    TRAVEL INFORMATION

    BY CAR

    If traveling by car, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has on-site parking for $16/hour or $41/day. Valet is $50/day. 

    BY PLANE

    San Diego International Airport (SAN) is just 0.5 miles north of the hotel. The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle service that operates Monday - Sunday, 5:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    $159 
    $159

    2020 REGISTRATION RATES

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

    CONF2020_RegistrationRates_021220_v01

    *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 2020 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.
     

    2020 scholarship information will be released soon!

    For more information, please contact membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org