IFMA Education Foundation

Annual Education Foundation Summit
Gold & Silver Plate Society Induction Dinner
Chicago - Friday, May 17, 2024

The Summit brings together academic administrators, students studying for careers in our industry, and food manufacturers. The 2024 agenda will include sessions on career advice from industry executives and more. The Summit is followed by the Gold & Silver Plate Society Induction Reception & Dinner honoring the 2024 class of IFMA Silver Plate Award winners.

A contribution of $3,750 to the Foundation will support the Summit and Induction dinner and identify you as a Friend of the IFMA Education Foundation. Friends of the Foundation receive access to the Summit and a table for ten at that evening's dinner.

Please contact IFMA Executive Director of Talent & the Education Foundation Stefanee Boland to make your contribution at

At IFMA, we champion industry excellence by investing in the future of foodservice. Today more than ever, our world requires the very best and brightest young minds. That’s why we serve as a hub for providing industry education, opportunities within the industry, scholarship distribution and internship placement between our manufacturer companies and budding foodservice talent.

Through member contributions, we award $5,000 scholarships to students from schools and programs that emphasize culinary, marketing, sales, supply chain, and food science.

The Education Foundation is a donation you can feel good about, with 100% of the funding going directly to scholarship awards. Whether you are looking to empower tomorrow’s foodservice pioneers through an internship, or through financial giving, we encourage you to get involved and make a difference in the careers of today’s deserving students.

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The Education Foundation has promised to ensure 100% of donor contributions go toward funding scholarship.

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Ben E. Keith Foods
Bunn Corporation
The Clorox Company
Culinary Sales Support Inc.
Food Services of America
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Hobart Corporation
Jones Dairy Farm
JTM Food Group
K12 Services, Inc.
Kent Precision Foods Group

KeyImpact Sales & Systems
Knouse Foods, Inc. 
Lantmannen Unibake USA, Dba
Schulstad USA, Inc.
Lawrence Foods, Inc.
Newlyweds Foods, Inc.
The NPD Group Foodservice
The Ryan Group/IBI Data
Signature Breads, Inc.
Sugardale Food Service
Vanee Foods Company, Inc.


The Trustees of the Foundation comprises members of the IFMA Board of Directors, IFMA members, and Society Council Members. Our Trustees meet as needed to carefully set, review, and guide the mission.