Food Service Advocacy Training

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Carlson School of Management, Room 126

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Bring plant-based food to your school, workplace, or place of worship.

Want to increase your impact in improving human health, protecting our environment, and creating change for animals? Outreach to food service providers for school districts, universities, businesses, nursing homes, places of worship, and other institutions is a powerful tool. Come learn how from those who have done it!

This event is co-hosted by the The Humane Society of the United States – Minnesota, Compassionate Action for Animals, and Forward Food.

Preregistration is encouraged. Please invite your friends who may be interested in getting more plant-based foods into cafeterias.

At this training, you will

  • hear inspiring stories and learn practical tips for institutional outreach;
  • get a variety of useful resources, including an advocate guide, fact sheets to share with administrators, and access to free training for food service providers, and
  • connect with fellow advocates through breakout groups and role-playing activities.

Leolin Bowen, Midwest Food & Nutrition Coordinator for the Forward Food program, will share information, strategies, and personal experiences. Also, Julie Knopp, a kindergarten teacher and CAA volunteer, will share tips for local advocates based on her experience working with the Richfield school district to adopt Meatless Mondays.

The workshop is the first in a series co-hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals and The Humane Society of the United States – Minnesota. After this meeting, we’ll follow up with you to provide additional support. In April, we’ll gather again to discuss our progress and expand our circle of advocates. We plan to continue these meetings on a quarterly basis.

We will be meeting in room 126 at the Carlson School of Management. Parking is available in a lot across the street, and there is a skyway connecting the lot to the building.

Childcare will be provided. Please have your child bring a toy or toys they’d enjoy playing with. We’ll provide paper and crayons.

A light vegan dinner will also be provided.

Please preregister. If you have questions about the program, contact Julie Knopp at

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