​Hunger Free Texans is a training ground for college students through its Student Internship Program for those interested in the macro system of public health and healthy communities. Part of that education piece includes educating college students (bachelors, masters & PhD's) who will be entering the workforce to become America's future healthy community leaders through its conferences across the state of Texas.

The annual TKOCH conference in May provides a student discount rate for students who may want to attend.  Students whose field of study is healthcare, social science, education, social work, and other related health & wellness disciplines will not only learn about topics important to the healthy community industry but also benefit from networking with these leaders and their staff attending.  From a public policy perspective, students may learn about proposed legislation, how government agencies implement legislation, to how community organizations are then impacted as a result of the public policy changes which then ultimately affects the general community.  This conference may be enlightening to a student who is eager to learn more about their field of study.  By attending the conference,  students may also learn of a potential internship and other opportunities.

The discounted daily rate will be $75 and include access to the general sessions, exhibitor areas and certain breakouts.. There will be limited number of student seats available over each of the 3-day conference.  To be eligible for the discounted rate you must be currently enrolled as a student in a college or university and must show proof at registration through your student ID with photo.  Colleges and Universities who wish to sponsor a group or students to attend can contact us for further information. High school students (junior and senior level only) studying healthcare careers are also eligible.

Contact us to learn how to register for the student rate: 


For "Non-Credit Card Registration" see Conference Library

Eventbrite - 2016 Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference

Farmers Market University (FMU) is a program presented by Hunger Free Texans and The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan Program offered at the Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference.    

FMU provides a foundational 4 course curriculum that give students “the basics” on starting, enhancing and sustaining a successful farmers market.  FMU students are taught by best practice farmers markets from across the state of Texas.  FMU certificates are provided upon completion of the 4 core courses (FMU 101-104).  Students are free however to take any course offered within the FMU track (FMU 101-107) and any number of courses that they feel may benefit them.

FMU also provides supplemental courses that further enhance farmer’s market services in addition to community and other type gardens.  Supplemental courses include topics on hospital and other types of farmers markets.  Attendees can also learn more about starting, enhancing or sustaining a community, school, church, workplace or urban garden which are also taught by best practice master gardeners.  Students who are community garden focused are free to attend the FMU core course series of breakouts (FMU 101-104) if they wish.   At the end of FMU, students will leave with a basic “foundational” knowledge that they can take back to their community to make their markets successful.  Students will also be equipped with a list of FMU support resources to include contact information of their peers and their course instructors.     

The Foundation of A Successful Market (Core)
Managing Your Market (Core)
Marketing, Stand Design & Layout (Core)
Wellness, Government Programs & Food Safety (Core)
Hospital, Workplace, School & Military Base Farmer’s Markets (Supplemental)
The Community Garden: School, Church, Workplace, Urban and Home Gardens (Supplemental)
Community Revitalization & Your Farmers Market As A Community Anchor (Supplemental)

About the Conference:
The Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference(TKOCH) is an effort to increase awareness of food, nutrition, health and wellness initiatives across America that keep our communities healthy. Experts and professionals from the food, nutrition, health & wellness industry and vested healthy communities stakeholders come together to talk about best practices, innovative models, network, share the latest news and research on what is happening in Texas and across the nation all in an effort to build a healthier community.    

-2016 Conference Theme: Promoting access to healthy foods and local economic opportunities in our communities. 

-3-Day Learning Conference includes over 85 general and breakout learning session presenters from across the U.S..

-Continuing Education: 14 hours for registered dietitians through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & for Texas school nutrition professionals.


-Farmers Market University (FMU): The nations first national Farmer's Market University..

-Healthy Communities  Expo:  An interactive exhibit hall provides exhibiting organizations a place to showcase their organizations and educate other industry professionals about their services that keep our communities healthy.  Attend a presentation on the main stage, network with exhibitors, jump on board a outreach vehicle that provides SNAP and nutrition education or attend one of the many breakouts on school nutrition, obesity prevention, food access farmers markets and many others. There's plenty to learn and do. 

For general info about the 2016 TKOCH Conference:


Keeping Our Communities Healthy Conference

Conference Highlights:

General Session Overview:

The 2016 TKOCH Conference will include general sessions, breakouts and exhibit hall.  

The 3-day agenda will include topics about food safety, food healing, chronic disease prevention, food deserts, school nutrition, food safety, stress management, food access & distribution, community revitalization, farmers markets, community gardens, school gardens, urban gardens, neighborhood transformation, public safety & active shooters, farmers market wellness programs, food insecurity, community reinvestment, food waste, homeland security & preparedness, farm to school programs, farm to work programs, school based clinics, school based pantries, obesity prevention, healthy eating, healthy living, physical fitness, agricultural initiatives, screening children at doctors offices for food security, workplace wellness, chronic pain management, self-care, mobile outreach units, affordable care, medicaid services, kinesthetic learning, dental services, health literacy in schools, nonprofit grocery stores in food deserts, wellness programs, prescription programs for healthier living and many other timely national topics.

 Why should I attend?

Over 600 attendees from across Texas and U.S.

Want to reach and network with over 400 school districts from across Texas? (Superintendents, Food and Nutrition Directors,  Nurses, Teachers, Physical Education Instructors, Health & Wellness Coordinators).

Want to reach and network with leaders from healthcare, public health, healthy living, wellness and other healthy community organizations and advocates?.

Want to reach and network with leaders from the food insecurity, food access industry?

Want to reach and network with leaders from the food, agricultural and general nutrition industry?

Want to reach and network with leaders from government, colleges & universities, nonprofits and faith based organizations? 

For general info about the 2016 TKOCH Conference:


Future Healthy Leaders Program & Student Rate:


​​​The Largest Healthy Communities Conference in Texas

NRG Center

May 18-20, 2016 

Houston, Texas

General Registration is $350

Come learn about the latest and greatest on

food access, nutrition and healthy communities

Food, Nutrition, & Healthy Communities