2023 Annual Session

2023 NEAFCS Annual Session
September 11-14, 2023

An exciting NEAFCS professional development is waiting for you at the 2023 Annual Session in Providence, Rhode Island.  Plan now to "Explore Oceans of Opportunities" in Providence, RI where you will sea ways to develop personally and professionally; sail-a-brate a resilient, thriving you; embark on Rhodes of opportunities for mentorship, team building, and connecting with FCS-mates; dive into oceans of innovative approaches to education, policy, systems, and environmental change; map out new funding and collaborative opportunities to navigate fresh program topic areas. 

This conference was supported [in part] by the intramural research program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI Diet, Nutrition, & the Prevention of Chronic Diseases, accession 1031154award 2023-68015-40709.

Registered Attendee Information to Prepare for Providence

Attendee Know Before You Go Notice
Annual Session Program Book
Silent Auction and Star Donor Program
President's Charity 
Rhode Island Service Project
States Night Out Interactive Restaurant Map
Accessibility Information
Exploring Providence & Trip Planning Details
Wellness Activities
Special Event Details
Pre-Conference Workshops & In-Depth Sessions Lookbook

Interested in Attending?  Click on these quick links for more information. 

Registration & Pricing Information 
Travel Information
Hotel Information
Annual Session Program Book
Pre-Conference Workshops & In-Depth Sessions Lookbook
Presenter Quick Links
Presenter Know Before You Go
Attendee & Presenter Shipping Information
Exhibitor Quick Links
Exhibitor Know Before You Go

Thank you to our Sponsors!


American Heart Association

7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231
Contact: Heather Gavras, [email protected]
Phone: 630-561-5545
Description: Through Healthy for Life®, the American Heart Association and Aramark introduced an innovative health impact model. The Healthy for Life Community Nutrition Program is designed to change relationships with food and nutrition by inspiring individuals and families to make healthy food choices part of their everyday lives. We are proud to be working together to help improve the health of all Americans.


American Income Life, Special Risk Division

PO Box 50158, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
Website: www.ailspecialrisk.com
Contact: Erin Bain, Director, Special Risk Division, [email protected]
Phone: (317) 436-1005
Description: The Special Risk Division of American Income Life provides blanket accident policies for youth serving organizations including, but not limited to: 4-H/Cooperative Extension, Summer Camps, TRIO and GEAR UP, Student and Youth Travel, and Colleges and Universities. Our motto is “Serving Those Who Serve Others”. We have specialized in this coverage since 1952.

Newell Brands (Ball Home Canning)
6655 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328
Website: www.newellbrands.com/our-brands/ball
Contact(s): Megan Murphy, [email protected]
Phone: 404-782-5270
As a trusted mason jar brand for over 135 years, Ball home canning products inspire all to make, create, and share.

Penn State Extension

338 Agricultural Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802
Website: https://extension.psu.edu/
Contact: Elise Gurgevich, [email protected]
Phone: 814-863-1787
Description: Practical knowledge to work the land, develop skills, grow your business, serve your community, steward the environment, and raise healthy families.


     Conference Bag Sponsor     

     Presidents Reception Sponsor     

     Lanyard Sponsor     


Maryland Affiliate


2023 Exhibitor Listing 

2024 Annual Session, Tucson, AZ
Website: www.neafcs.org
The Arizona affiliate will be raising funds for the 2024 Annual Meeting in Tucson! They have made packets of greeting cards filled with photographs taken by FCHS faculty and staff around the state – beautiful landscapes, cacti, sunsets – all that make Arizona so special. Assembled into various sets of five different photos, the cards are blank inside and can be used for any purpose. They also make a great gift! The cards are free with a minimum suggested donation of $10 to the Arizona Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
1410 King St. 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Website: www.aafcs.org
Product/Service Description: Invest in yourself and the profession with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. ACCESS quality professional development, BUILD state and national connections, CONNECT to future employers, MAXIMIZE leadership capabilities, NETWORK through online forums, READ professional journals, STAND UP for diversity, equity, and inclusion, VALIDATE competence! AAFCS also serves as the managing partner for the Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences of which NEAFCS belongs as a partner. Stop by and learn more and explore the programs and services offered by AAFCS.

American Heart Association Champion Sponsor
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
Website: www.heart.org/healthyforlife
Product/Service Description: Since 2015, Aramark and the American Heart Association have collaborated on Healthy for Life®, an innovative health impact model. Together, we designed a community engagement program aimed at inspiring people to make healthy food choices. The Healthy for Life resources equip individuals with the skills and confidence to prepare healthy food through hands-on experiences.

American Income Life Special Risk Division Advocate Sponsor
PO Box 50158
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Website: www.ailspecialrisk.com
Product/Service Description: The AIL Special Risk Division provides blanket group accident insurance policies for all Cooperative Extension groups and programs nationwide.  We have specialized in working with Extension for over 60 years and pride ourselves on personal and professional service.

Edible Education
13566 Waterford Place
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
Website: edibleedu.com

Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20580
Website: www.ftc.gov/scams
The FTC gets millions of reports each year about scams and uses the information to build investigations and issue consumer alerts. The FTC also offers free resources on how to spot and avoid scams and bad business practices, possible ways to recover money lost to scammers, and where to report.

Food Safety Extension Network
4102 Beryl Rd, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27695
Product/Service Description: At the Food Safety Extension Network booth, we will provide valuable resources highlighting how FSEN can effectively support FCS agents nationwide. Our focus is on home food preservation, cottage foods and home-based businesses, and retail food safety. Additionally, we will be offering exciting giveaways to enhance your experience. Stop by and discover the benefits of being part of the FSEN!

Fresh Baby Conference Bag Sponsor
523 E. Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI 49770
Website: freshbaby.com
Product/Service Description: We are a strategic solutions provider supporting the National Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Strategy goal to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity. We offer a line of products that are specifically designed for your participants to encourage nutritious food choices, breastfeeding, and physical activity.

Journal of Extension
116 Sigma Dr.
Clemson, SC 29634
Website: www.joe.org
Product/Service Description: The Journal of Extension is the flagship referred Journal for Extension professionals. As a diamond open-access publication, we publish and distribute original and applied research findings and share successful educational applications, scholarly opinions, and challenges on issues of critical importance to Extension professionals at no cost to authors or readers.

Money Habitudes, LLC
5830 Jamila River Dr.
Venice, FL 34293
Website: www.moneyhabitudes.com
Product/Service Description: Money Habitudes provides products designed to assist clients in grasping their financial behaviors and attitudes. Their range of offerings includes a tactile card deck, a digital online version, workbooks and practitioner training sessions.

NEAFCS Diversity, Journal, Endowment and Candidate Booth
325 John Knox Rd. L103
Tallahassee, FL  32303
Website: www.neafcs.org
Product/Service Description: Stop by the NEAFCS booth to view 2023 National Office Candidates, meet with the Endowment Committee, view the NEAFCS Journal and more.

National Presto Industries, Inc.
3925 North Hastings Way
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Website: www.gopresto.com
Product/Service Description: National Presto has been a leader in the housewares industry since the first pressure canner was manufactured in 1905.  Stop by our booth to check out our food preservation family of products including Presto Precise® Digital Pressure Canner, dehydrators, and vacuum sealers.

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging / Iowa State Univ. Extension & Outreach
36 McKay Hall, 2302 Osborn Dr. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Ames, IA 50011
Website: www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences https://acl.gov/senior.nutrition
Product/Service Description: The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging – also known as the Nutrition and Aging Resource Center serves to build the capacity of senior nutrition programs funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA) to provide high-quality, person-centered services, and to assist ACL and stakeholders with identifying issues and opportunities to enhance program sustainability and resiliency.  OAA funded senior nutrition programs work to reduce food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, enhance socialization; and promote health and well-being of older adults.

Newell Brands (Ball Home Canning) Advocate Sponsor
6655 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
Website: www.healthycanning.com
Product/Service Description: As a trusted mason jar brand for over 135 years, Ball home canning products inspire all to make, create, and share.

North Carolina State Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
4101 Beryl Rd. Suite 240M
Raleigh, NC 27606
Website: www.cals.ncsu/agricultural-and-human-sciences
Product/Service Description: In the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, we nurture strong and healthy families, communities and agriculture. We educate students in agriculture and human sciences, find solutions to problems and extend knowledge to create healthy communities for youth and families.

570 Devall St. Suite 202
Auburn, AL 36849
Website: oneop.org
Product/Service Description: OneOp collaborates with the Department of Defense and Cooperative Extension to provide free and open-access learning opportunities within a full spectrum of family service subject areas. Our longstanding DoD partnership allows us to meet the professional development needs of service providers with programming that reflects complex and dynamic priority areas.

Partnership for Food Safety Education
2345 Crystal Drive #800
Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.fightbac.org
Product/Service Description: The Partnership for Food Safety Education develops and promotes effective science-based education programming and materials to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers.

Penn State Extension Advocate Sponsor
338 Ag Admin Building
University Park, PA 16802
Website: www.extension.psu.edu
Product/Service Description: Improve your health and well-being with Penn State Extension! Learn when, where, and how it suits you. Choose from in-person events and online courses, webinars, how-to videos, and printed and digital reference materials. Discover Extension’s science-based programming in topics related to nutrition, well-being, families, health, youth development, and food safety. 

Real Colors
20815 N 25th Place, Suite A103
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Website: realcolors.org
Product/Service Description: Real growth occurs when people understand themselves and the people around them. Real Colors provides the tools to develop stronger relationships and better communication, not just at work but in every situation, life has to offer.

SNAP-Ed Connection
1320 Braddock Pl
Alexandria, VA 22314
Website: www.snaped.fns.usda.gov
Product/Service Description: SNAP-Ed Connection is an online resource center for SNAP-Ed Administrators, State agencies, implementing agencies, educators, and others involved in the SNAP-Ed program. Through the SNAP-Ed Connection website, users can share best practices and successes, search an extensive library of SNAP-Ed resources and program materials, and receive training and professional development.

Southern Peanut Growers
1025 Sugar Pike Way
Canton, GA 30115
Website: peanutbutterlovers.com
Product/Service Description: Southern Peanut Growers believes in the power of the peanut to change the world. From sustainable farming practices to sustainable nutrition and early introduction to prevent peanut allergies, we have all your peanut needs.

Texas Tech University Family and Consumer Sciences Education
1301 Akron Ave.
College of Human Sciences
Lubbock Texas 79409
Website:  https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/fcse/index.php
Product/Service Description: Texas Tech offers a Masters and Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Education at a Distance or On Campus. Become a leader in FCS Extension Education Research.

The OrganWise Guys
450 Satellite Blvd NE Ste M
Suwanee, GA 30024
Website: www.organwiseguys.com
Product/Service Description: The OrganWise Guys (OWG) is an evidence-based, standards-linked (in all 50 states + STEM, Head Start) nutrition and physical activity online curriculum that’s easy for teachers to use and FUN for kids to learn. The connection point is a cast of friendly characters: Hardy Heart, Sir Rebrum, Madame Muscle, etc.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
805 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64105
Product/Service Description: The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance food and agriculture-related sciences. NIFA invests in and supports initiatives that advance agriculture research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.