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We’re excited to announce the dates for our 2021 virtual convening of Meals on Wheels programs and professionals from across the country. While we’re not quite ready to put the uncertainties behind us and get back to our popular, in-person Annual Conferences, we recognize that after more than a year of virtual events, Zoom fatigue is very real. So, we sought feedback from Members on the ideal format and found clear interest in having this year's Annual Conference be spread throughout the month of August.


DAY 1 – Wednesday, August 11
DAY 2 – Tuesday, August 17
DAY 3 – Thursday, August 26
DAY 4 – Tuesday, August 31

Each day’s events will take place between the hours of 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. Even if you can’t participate in all of our scheduled events live, attendees will be able to access all the high-quality, on-demand content when it is most convenient through the end of the year!



We're creating a virtual event that’s timely and relevant, easily accessible and conscious of your busy schedule. Each of the four days will have familiar Conference elements and focus on a specific area that is critical to enabling the network to go further as we emerge from the pandemic and beyond. 

BUILDING CAPACITY TO SERVE MORE – Together we will focus on the key principles that will enable the network to sustain high demand for services, eliminate wait lists and offer more to existing clients for years to come such as fundraising, partnerships, advocacy, volunteer engagement and more.

HONING OUR TRUSTED SERVICE MODEL – As we emerge from pandemic crisis mode, we will focus on delivering a full range of More Than a Meal® services, with an emphasis on meeting the diverse nutritional needs of today's seniors and addressing social isolation in new and impactful ways.

LEVERAGING THE POWER OF MEALS ON WHEELS – Brand awareness and favorability have never been higher, and the trusted reputation that programs have built in local communities over the last 50 years no doubt kept the value of the Meals on Wheels offering top of mind during the pandemic, opening the door to much needed funding and resources. Together, we will explore building on our shared brand equity, maintaining momentum, further defining our value proposition with data and storytelling and much more. 

LEADING PROGRAMS INTO THE FUTURE – Our programs have been hit hard, our teams are burnt out, and we may be grappling with racial injustice and the systemic barriers impacting our colleagues and the clients we serve. And yet, we must progress and press on. Once again, we will reflect on lessons learned, refocus our strategies together and recharge for the road ahead. 


Our Annual Conference is designed for leaders and staff of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and tribal organizations engaged directly in the provision of meals and/or nutrition services to seniors. If your organization is not currently a Member of Meals on Wheels America, we encourage you to join now to take full advantage of this year’s event. Learn more about the benefits of annual Membership for your entire organization here


Full Individual Registration - $175
Access to all live sessions across all four days and all recorded content through December 2021

Full Group Registration (2 or more attendees from the same organization) - $150 each
Access to all live sessions across all four days and all recorded content through December 2021

Single Day Individual Registration - $65
Access to live sessions on a single day and that day’s recorded content through December 2021


Ensuring that both your Membership and Organization Roster are up to date will expedite the registration process once open. Here are two things your organization’s Principal Member can do now to prepare:

Make sure you renew your Membership on time. Our Virtual Conference is designed for Members, so in order to attend and secure our Member-only rates, your Membership needs to be in good standing both at the time of registration and through the month of August. If your Membership has expired or will expire between now and August 31, 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

Make sure that your Organization Roster is up to date. In order for us to validate and approve each individual’s request to register, they must be included on your Organization Roster in Member Central. If you’re actively receiving our email communications, you are likely on your Organization Roster, however, if you have colleagues who would like to participate in our Virtual Conference and don’t typically receive our emails or are new to your organization, we encourage you to add them now so that they received a pre-approved link to register when the time comes. 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


Sponsors and Exhibitors can expect a multitude of new benefits with our Virtual Conference and Expo that will guarantee a significant return on investment. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Gain access to more senior nutrition programs than our traditional in-person events. 
  • Showcase your products or services while connecting directly with your existing and future customers in our Virtual Expo Hall throughout the entire month of August, with exposure to all attendees through the end of 2021!
  • Receive lead generation reports and metrics directly from our Virtual Conference platform. 
  • Benefit from dedicated support, including step-by-step instructions, a live demo and tech support along the way.

And our Sponsors benefit from even more! To discuss this year’s customizable opportunities, contact Jennifer Pellegrini at