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What is the Dairy Nourishes America: Feeding America’s Midwest Symposium? 

This gathering allows champions across the value chain to build relationships and create solutions for increasing our neighbors’ access to the dairy products they need and desire. The first in a nation-spanning series, this Midwest-focused symposium will allow key players to align resources and identify actions to increase dairy options at food banks in their communities. 

This event is co-hosted by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). 

Who should attend the event? 

Action-oriented food bank staff and dairy community members seeking connections to source more nutritious foods for their communities should attend. 

When and where is the Symposium taking place? 

The Symposium will take place June 22- 24, 2022 in Kansas City.  

Day One and Three activities will take place at The Fontaine Hotel, located at 901 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, MO 64112. 

Day Two activities will take place at DFA’s headquarters, located at 1405 N 98th St, Kansas City, KS 66111. 

What does the agenda look like for this event? 

Day One (June 22): This will be our arrival day where attendees can join us for a local dairy farm tour and light reception at the hotel. All activities on this arrival day are optional to attend.  

Day Two (June 23): This will be a full day of working sessions, guests, panels, and fun! Sessions will take place at DFA’s headquarters and will wrap with a happy hour reception at DFA. Transportation to and from DFA’s headquarters and The Fontaine hotel will be provided for attendees on June 23. Attendees who do not take provided transportation will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to DFA’s headquarters on that day. For this reason, we recommend arriving on June 22.  

Day Three (June 24): This will be a half day at the hotel with our keynote speakers and action planning presentations before attendees depart. 

How do I register to attend? 

Register to attend the Symposium by completing this short registration form. You will receive an email shortly after submitting the form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact   

Is lodging provided? 

We have a hotel block secured at The Fontaine (901 W 48th Pl, Kansas City, MO 64112). All attendees are responsible for booking their own travel and hotel rooms. Please see more information here.  

Please be sure to reserve your room prior to Wednesday, June 15 in order to receive the discounted rate!  


What are the health and safety protocols? 

All attendees must sign the Health & Safety agreement at registration, which includes full details about what will be required. There will also be specific emails regarding Health & Safety requirements in advance of the event, which all attendees will need to review in order to stay up to date on the latest requirements for attending the event. We are doing our best to anticipate and forecast health and safety protocols that will be activated at the event, and we are also committed to updating these protocols as CDC guidance changes. More information is available here.  

Is there a cost to attend this event? 

There is no charge to attend the actual event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on June 23, and breakfast will be provided on June 24 along with a light evening reception on both June 22 and June 23.  

Attendees will be responsible for the cost of the hotel, for travel to/from the event and for dinners throughout the Symposium.  

A limited number of $500 travel stipends will be available for food bank attendees. Interested attendees must register by May 25 and include a request for the travel stipend in their registration.  

What do I need to prepare for this event? 

The best thing you can do is come ready to build connections and take action! This will be a highly engaging conference with many opportunities to create action plans to make a difference back in your community.  

Be sure to check your email in advance of the Symposium for communications from our event team, who will be asking some pre-event questions and will keep you updated on all the latest news. Be sure to add to your safe senders list so you don’t miss any updates. 


If I am not in the Midwest, should I attend this event? 

This event will be focused on taking action in Midwest food banks and may address challenges unique to this region. If you are hoping to attend but are not in the Midwest, reach out to to find out the best course of action for you. 

Are you accepting sponsors for this event? 

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jerod Matthews

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