by Rosemary Eng
Debra Eschmeyer, executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, will give the keynote address Nov. 5 at the “Field to Tray” conference on child nutrition at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD.
A press release issued earlier this year from The White House Office of the First Lady announcing Eschmeyer’s appointment states: “For more than a decade, Deb has been leading the way in teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “From classrooms and gardens to kitchens and farms, Deb has made learning about nutrition fun and accessible for kids across the country. I am thrilled that she will be continuing this important work here at the White House, and I know she will be an invaluable addition to our team.”
At the “Field to Tray” conference http://www.fieldtotray.org/ Eschmeyer will speak about how Let’s Move! supports child-nutrition programs, including farm to school, and the collective effort of school food service professionals, farmers, government and other stakeholders.
“Field to Tray: Strengthening Farm to School Purchasing in the
Mid-Atlantic” is the inaugural region-wide farm-to-school conference, hosted by Philadelphia-based healthy food access nonprofit The Food Trust http://thefoodtrust.org/ in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture.
The event will bring together farmers, food service directors, suppliers and other stakeholders for a day of digging in to local food-procurement strategies. This conference will be an opportunity for key farm-to-school players in the Mid-Atlantic who are working to connect communities with fresh, healthy food.