Open Forum: Institutional Food & COVID-19

Sarah Lyman, Director of Communications

Open Forum: Institutional Food & COVID-19

Next Open Forum: Tuesday March 31, 2020, 2pm EST. 

Join our next virtual forum to discuss challenges and solutions in the institutional food system as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In our last call, nearly 100 people participated from New England and around the US. Free and open to all. Your answers in the registration questions will guide the topics covered such as farm to school, corrections, campus dining, and health care.

Register for the Forum 


Open Forum Recording, March 24, 2020:

This virtual forum for dining directors and interested partners shared responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Nearly 100 participants from New England and around the United States. Recorded 3-24-20. We talked about food safety protocols, budgets, supporting staff in times of need, and how we can deploy and share resources to meet shifting needs and priorities. There was a vibrant discussion in the chat too: Download the Chat Log. Summary notes coming soon.


FINE is also compiling a Guide COVID-19 and Institutional Food Systems Resources.

View the Resources

Other Ways to Stay Connected

Stay tuned for announcements of additional online forums, and let us know if you have a question or discussion you’d like us to help organize.

Connect with your colleagues at any time via these ongoing online forums:

  1. New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Facebook Group: This group is for anyone (campuses, distributors, farmers) working in the campus sector - simply request to join the group.
  2. Dining Operators listserv: FINE hosts this listserv through Google Groups as a collaboration tool for dining program directors, chefs, other food service operators, sustainability managers, and community partners engaged in the procurement, preparation and promotion of foods raised, grown, and produced in New England.