June 3-5, 2019

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Voices for Food will be heading to Michigan State University to provide a learning experience that will equip participants with strategies to address food security through community coaching. Members of the Voices for Food (VFF) team include educators from South Dakota State University Extension, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, University of Missour Extension, Purdue University, Ohio State University Extension, and Michigan State University Extension. The expert VFF team will help participants learn through hands-on experiences.

Voices for Food (VFF) began work in 2012 and has concluded the 6-year study using SNAP-Ed Educators and Paraprofessionals as community coaches to improve food security in rural, highly impoverished communities.  As a result, the VFF team has compiled best practices for community coaches that are engaging in policies, systems, and environmental change (PSE) work in food pantries and with food policy councils. The VFF team is poised to release this model of community coaching and the accompanying evidence-based VFF Food Council Guide and the VFF Food Pantry Toolkit for use. The results of the 6-year study and the corresponding tools, which include the VFF Coaching Confidence Scorecard, the VFF Food Policy Council Scorecard and the VFF MyChoice Scorecard, will be shared in hands on learning environments.

Conference attendees may expect to learn:

1. How nutrition educators/instructors can implement the evidence-based VFF strategies in order to meet the SNAP-Ed Guidance on (PSE) work.

2. How to use VFF materials.

3. How the project staff of Voices for Food overcame challenges and optimized opportunities during the implementation of this PSE work.

To learn more about VFF's mission, please view this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aJo9oqZLj-ymEm-yBEScyle4p0nxvj6I/view

On-site registration will begin at 2 p.m. on June 3 in the South Lobby of Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will officially begin at 3 p.m. on June 3, and conclude by 12 p.m. on June 5.

To reserve your lodging, contact:
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 
(517) 432-4000
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824. 
Group code: 1906MSUEXT

Courtyard by Marriott Lansing
2710 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 482-0500
To Reserve: Book your group rate
Please note: There will be shuttle service to and from Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center for those who stay at the Courtyard Marriott

Getting to and from the Conference
The Amtrack station is right on MSU campus. It is a 3-4 hour trip from Chicago’s station. More information here.

The Greyhound bus station is at the same location as the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. It is a 6-7 hour trip from Chicago. There are several Greyhound stations in Chicago — the main one is on 630 W. Harrison Street, which is 4-5 blocks from Union Station. There is another Greyhound station right at Union Station (225 Canal Street). A list and map of all Chicago Greyhound stations can be found here.

An additional option is to utilize both Amtrak and Greyhound services in planning your trip.

If you plan to do some sight-seeing while you are here in Michigan, there are many Greyhound stations throughout the state (please see “Visiting Michigan” page for a map of Greyhound locations in Michigan).


Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center provides a shuttle service to and from the Lansing Capitol Region International Airport. Please call Kellogg at 517-432-4200 to make the arrangements beforehand. For a written description of directions from the Capitol Region International Airport in Lansing or other major cities, please visit the Lansing Center travel page here.

Conference Cancellation Policy: A $25.00 cancellation fee applies to all registrant cancellations. A full refund less the $25.00 cancellation fee is permitted until May 20, 2019. No refunds will be given within 14 days of the event. Substitutions are allowed and encouraged.

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Registration for Voices for Food is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2019.

There are 84 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact ANR Event Services at events@anr.msu.edu or (517) 353-3175.