Cafeterias in schools and early care locations, colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutional settings serve tens of millions of Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems.

The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, a biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network, will convene more than 1,500 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The 2016 conference theme, Moving Forward Together, will highlight innovative partnerships to build momentum and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide.

For media inquiries about the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference or requests for media passes, please contact Communications Director, Stacey Malstrom, at or 503-508-7233.


The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is an important opportunity for journalists and bloggers writing about community food systems, public health, social justice, education, agriculture and the environment to meet experts in the field, develop a deeper understanding of the issues and explore an array of story leads. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of complimentary passes that we can provide to writers/reporters and have to prioritize that allocation based on assignments and reach.

Interested parties will be notified of their media comp status by Friday, April 29.


Jan. 13, 2016 – National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Unites Diverse Stakeholders around Community Health, Sustainable Agriculture

June 1, 2016 – National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Announces Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer as Keynote Speaker


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