Sponsored by:

9th Annual

Food is Medicine Coalition

National Symposium

September 9-11, 2019

Washington, DC  


The Food is Medicine Coalition National Symposium is a professional development experience for nonprofit, medically-tailored food and nutrition services (MTFNS) providers from across the country to share best practices in service delivery and healthcare innovation, educate public officials on the efficacy of MTFNS and advocate for the inclusion of MTFNS for people living with severe illness in healthcare policy reform. 

The National Symposium is part of the Advocacy Capacity Building Project that is made possible through the generous support of the MAC AIDS Fund, which is committed to building grassroots support for medically tailored food and nutrition services (MTFNS) for people with HIV and other critical illnesses in communities across the country. The Advocacy Capacity Building Project is a comprehensive advocacy capacity training program designed to establish a firm foundation for MTFNS agencies to have a voice in local, state and national advocacy for services for our vulnerable clients. 

Each year, attendees are thrilled with their experience at the Symposium:

“This was honestly one of the best national level meetings I have attended since I started working in the field."

"Over the years, the Symposium has been consistently excellent!"

"This gathering brought new energy and ideas to our work."

We hope you will join us.

Attendance Criteria:

Please note that the ACBP National Symposium is open and free for staff, volunteers or Board members from medically tailored food and nutrition services agencies that meet the following criteria:

1.) Your food and nutrition services program must focus services specifically on people living with severe or life-altering illnesses, and a significant portion of services must go to PWH (people living with HIV/AIDS).

2.) Your food and nutrition services program must in some way tailor its services to the nutritional needs of people living with severe or life-altering illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.

There is no registration fee. You will be responsible for your food, travel and lodging. Please see below. 

Symposium Details:

The registration form follows this informational section.

When: Monday, September 9 from 8:30 am-5 pm (with dinner to follow), Tuesday, September 10 from 9 am-5 pm (with Hill Day from 9 am-1 pm followed by lunch and afternoon program from 1:30-5 pm and an optional cocktail hour to follow), and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 8:30 am- 3:00 pm (at the latest).

Deadline to Register: August 1


The Offices of Hogan & Lovell

Columbia Square
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
United States

Approximate Cost for Each Attendee:

  • Registration: Free

  • Hotel: $229/night +tax

  • Food: $200 for full food for the three days of the Symposium. Other options are available depending on days attended and dinner options.

  • Travel to, from and within DC: Dependent on place of origin

Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, 900 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

PLEASE NOTE: You will register for your own hotel room following the hotel registration link below. Our room block is ONLY for the nights of September 8, 9 and 10 (with checkout on the 11th).  If you require extra nights you will have to call the hotel. We are unable to arrange extra room nights based on the terms of our contract.

Food: While there is no registration fee to attend the 3-day Symposium, you will be assessed a stipend for food. Unless previously communicated to you via email, all attendees are responsible for paying for a Meal Plan. The Meal Plans are as follows:

  • 3-day Full Meal Plan: $200, including breakfast for 2 days, Lunch all 3 days (breakfast on Hill Day is not provided this year but the hotel offers free breakfast), dinner on the first night and cocktail hour at Hogan Lovells on the second night

  • Other meal plans are available based on your attendance

For other meal options please contact dchristenson@glwd.org.

Travel: Please note that when planning travel, it is best to plan to arrive in DC on Sunday, September 8 and depart DC on the afternoon/evening of September 11.

Hotel arrangements: Once your registration is confirmed, you will be sent a link to register for the hotel if you chose this option.


*Please do not make travel plans until your registration is confirmed via email*

ACBP 2019 Registration Form

Name *
Per the information above, the Food is Medicine Symposium is only open to select providers due to the terms of our grant. Please check all that apply to you. *
If you do not meet one of the categories below, you may be ineligible to attend this symposium and we may reach out to you via email.
Which days do you plan on attending the symposium? *
Please note that you will be invoiced based on your selection so please make sure it is accurate.
Please note you will be invoiced for the selection you make as we book restaurants in advance so please choose accurately.