Meet LINQ’D UP: Networking for School Nutrition Professionals

Three women laughing together networking for school nutrition professionals

“Turn your camera on!” 

“Unmute yourself!”  

“Our connection is bad!” 

Sound familiar? These phrases have become a significant part of the lives of school nutrition professionals as we navigated a global pandemic in the past year. Somehow, we rose above the challenges we faced in 2020 and 2021, and now we’re coming out stronger and more motivated than ever. We’re also ready for some much-needed human connection.

As you know, the pandemic changed the way we communicate, network and learn from each other. However, we’re ready to come together, build relationships, and reconnect with school nutrition friends and colleagues. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” So, NxtGen Network, LINQ, Tyson and Eaton Marketing & Associates are working together to do exactly that.

For the first time this summer, school nutrition professionals will be offered a networking experience like no other. LINQ’D UP is child nutrition’s first HYBRID networking event. The fun is all happening after the Virtual Annual National Conference (ANC) on Friday, June 16. Even better: this event is absolutely FREE to attend!

Read on to learn more about this unique networking event created with school nutrition professionals in mind.

What School Nutrition Professionals Can Expect at LINQ’D UP 

LINQ’D UP is completely unique; it’s produced by industry and operators for industry and operators! More than ever, it’s important to join forces and collaborate as leaders in the industry to provide solutions to ongoing food service challenges. This event offers you the opportunity to come together and learn from one another.

But what will the event be like?

If you’re having a hard time imagining what LINQ’D UP will be like, picture this: Rockin’ New Years Eve except school nutrition style. You don’t want to miss this party! Whether you’re joining the in-person portion or attending virtually, there will be a DJ and a dance floor and a social media livestream! 

Reserve your seat at LINQ’D UP Today!

You still have time to save your spot for LINQ’D UP ’21! Don’t wait – registration closes on Monday, June 21.


This two-hour event will be packed with engaging and educational content for both industry members and operators. Virtual attendees are welcome to take a seat at the online roundtables with industry leaders.

Meanwhile, the in-person portion of the event will take place at Eaton Marketing & Associates’ state-of-the-art facility in Clearwater, Fla. In-person attendees get to participate in a cooking demonstration featuring innovative products and concepts from Tyson, Simplot and Land O’ Lakes.  

Not attending in person? No problem. All registered attendees will have access to the exclusive recorded cooking demo. 

Beyond the networking, games and demonstrations, we’re also honoring those in school nutrition who really rocked their programs, ensuring their students were well fed and ready to learn. 

Honoring School Nutrition Professionals with Lunchroom Rockstars

The real heroes of our event are the amazing nutrition professionals who dazzled their colleagues and communities. They sacrificed their health and safety so that students had full tummies. These folks are Lunchroom Rockstars, and TITAN – a LINQ Solution is highlighting celebrating those individuals at the event.

Lunchroom Rockstars are individuals who deserve recognition for making positive impacts and contributions to school nutrition programs – all while working tirelessly to ensure our children are well-fed and ready to learn! 

Check out the ‘20-’21 Lunchroom Rockstar nominees to learn more about the individuals who worked tirelessly to feed students against all odds.

Calling all School Nutrition Professionals for LINQ’D UP!

LINQ’D UP has been a passion project and a collaborative effort between all sponsors to plan this epic event. We are looking forward to LINQing up with friends and colleagues on July 16th! You won’t want to miss it.

It’s FREE to Get LINQ’D UP!

Save your seat for the only HYBRID networking event for school nutrition professionals. There’ll be games, prizes and more! Click the button below to register for this free event.


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