Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I find more details about workshops being offered?

A full agenda will be posted on the website as soon as it becomes available.

Is there a special media registration for the conference?

All media interested in attending any portion or all of the conference should contact Emily Pickren, 202-640-1118, for information.

Who can I contact about sharing a room at the conference?

If you are interested in sharing a room at the Omni Shoreham with a fellow conference attendee, e-mail Lauren Badger at FRAC your name and contact information along with the details of your time at the hotel.  The conference planning team will send you a list of other attendees willing to share a room.

I’m new to the movement, will there be workshops geared towards the novice advocate?

Yes, there will be workshops specifically geared towards the needs of new advocates, as well as sessions tailored to the most seasoned advocate.

Is there a cancellation policy for the conference?

Conference cancellations must be received in writing no later than January 30, 2020. All cancellations are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted after January 31, 2020; however, substitutions without penalty are welcome. No refunds will be given for no-shows. Partial refunds will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for situations involving documented flight or medical emergencies within four days of the conference start date. To be considered for a refund, request must be submitted in writing via

How much is parking at the hotel?

The valet parking rate at the Omni Shoreham is $55.00 per day.  There are also self-park garages in the vicinity.

What meals are included in my registration?

Your conference registration includes several meals- including breakfast and lunch on Sunday, March 1 and Monday, March 2, a light reception Sunday evening, and a Grab & Go Breakfast before heading to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 3.

What should I wear to the conference?

Conference attire is business casual.  Attendees should dress professionally for our “Tuesday on the Hill” and when meeting with congressional members and staff.

What is DC weather like in early March?

Temperatures in DC in early March range from 33-55ºF.

How do I get to the Omni Shoreham?

DC by Air:

There are three airports within the Washington, DC area:

Washington National Airport-DCA
7 miles from hotel
Accessible via metro (Blue/Yellow line from National Airport to Metro Center, transfer onto Red line to Woodley Park-Zoo)
Via cab for approximately $25 one way

Washington Dulles Airport-IAD
28 miles from hotel
Via cab for approximately $66 one way
Via Super Shuttle for approximately $30 one way

Baltimore/Washington Airport-BWI
38 miles from hotel
Via cab for approximately $78 one way
Via MARC Train/Penn Line (approximately $10 one way) or Amtrak (various prices)
Via Super Shuttle for approximately $40 one way


The Omni Shoreham is located only a few blocks from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop (Red Line). Exit the station and go south one block on Connecticut Avenue to Calvert Street. Turn right on Calvert Street and the Omni Shoreham will be on your left after one block.

“This is ‘the big show’ for anyone working to end hunger in America. I’ve been attending for a decade, and I’m still learning something new every time. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision in our work; the policy conference opens up my thinking, and reminds me that I am part of a national movement. It can be frustrating building progress in what feel like regressive times. The policy conference renews my commitment, and reminds me how many others share it.”
JC Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer, Feeding Texas