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Come discover why ANC is the place to CONNECT! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Here are just a few events and ANC favorites that will connect you with school nutrition professionals of all levels:

ANC Marketplace

Friday, July 8–Wednesday, July 13
To learn and grow with others committed to feeding America’s children, be sure to visit the Marketplace, the vibrant central hub of ANC. Here you can gather to hang out, exchange ideas, network and do business. You also can explore informational kiosks and meet with the SNA staff who manage the many programs and services available to you.

Chapter Leadership Day

Saturday, July 9
If you’re a chapter leader who needs fresh ideas to help guide your group through a successful year, don’t miss the annual Chapter Leadership Day. This is your opportunity to develop programs and services that will enhance your chapter and allow you to attract and retain members. Presentation topics will include developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings and building membership. You also will learn more about all of the SNA resources at your disposal. All chapter leaders are encouraged to attend this event. Cost: $25 per person; advance registration is required.

New Product Showcase

Saturday, July 9–Wednesday, July 13
The New Product Showcase will feature the newest products, services and equipment available to schools within the last year. Please stop by to see the many products on display.
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Inspirational Service

Sunday, July 10
Sunday morning will commence with a nondenominational inspirational service. This worship service will feature contemporary music performed by a chorale of talented SNA members.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam

Sunday, July 10
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential recognizes a high level of professional achievement and communicates to others that you possess broad knowledge of your profession, that you remain current in your field and that you care about serving safe and nutritious meals. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, call the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822 or click here for more details. The registration deadline is June 20, 2011.

State Awards Ceremony

Sunday, July 10
Join your colleagues in honoring this year’s state presidents for their efforts to further the mission of the Association. Also, state and regional winners of the Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence, Heart of the Program and the Outstanding Director of the Year awards will be recognized.

School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) Learning Lab

Sunday, July 10–Tuesday, July 13
The School Nutrition Foundation’s Learning Lab is a great opportunity to stop, look, listen and learn about fresh, new ideas that are sure to enhance your career. Come learn about the courses and education sessions available through SNA’s online Learning Center, as well as gather information about breakfast in the classroom, scholarship opportunities, upcoming Webinar Wednesdays and the Keys to Excellence and the District of Excellence programs.

Star Club Breakfast

Monday, July 11
The SNA Star Club is a program for recognizing and thanking members who are working hard to ensure the future of the Association by recruiting new members. This is an invitation-only event and Star Club members must RSVP to attend.

Child Nutrition Showcase

Monday, July 11–Tuesday, July 12
Be sure to make your way to the Child Nutrition Showcase to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. This is your chance to network with your peers and learn about innovative and interesting ideas being applied in school nutrition. To submit your poster idea or get more information, click here. The deadline for submission is March 18, 2011.

Culinary Demonstrations

Monday, July 11–Wednesday, July 13
Within the Exhibit Hall, you will come across one of the most popular features at ANC: the Culinary Demonstrations. Here, you will discover new ideas and innovative ways to enhance school meals. Get ideas for new recipes and presentation skills to help increase participation. Hone your edge by learning culinary techniques and applying nutrition tips.

Photo sessions for state delegations

Monday, July 11Wednesday, July 13
To locate your state to determine which time slot has been assigned to your delegation, please click here (pdf).

ANC Flash Mob

Monday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 13
Join your peers and take part in the first annual ANC Flash Mob Dance, which will celebrate the coming together of the school nutrition community and get ‘Good Time’-energy flowing throughout the conference! Be ready to do-si-do!

Member Section Meetings

Monday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 13
SNA is dedicated to providing diverse programming to meet the specific needs of each membership section. These special meetings include a presentation from a professional speaker and also offer you an excellent opportunity to mingle with like-minded colleagues with whom you can share your common goals, achievements and concerns. For more details about the annual session for your SNA membership section, click here (pdf).

GCNF Wellness Event to Change Our World

Tuesday, July 12
Get ready to scoot your boots to help stomp out childhood hunger by participating in the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s (GCNF) annual wellness event. Featuring country line dance aerobics and today’s hottest country hits, this event is sure to kick start your energy and burn some calories, as you have a toe-tappin’ good time with your school nutrition colleagues.

SNF Special Event: Puttin’ on the Glitz!

Tuesday, July 12
Do you want to show off your lip-sync and performing talent? Well, now is your chance! The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be hosting its 2nd annual Puttin’ on the Glitz event to help support its valuable educational programs. So gather your group of performers, take your place on stage and get ready to wow the crowd! Feeling a little stage fright? Come be a part of the audience, cheer on your peers and vote with your applause for the act you like best! Everyone is welcome to come be a part of the audience but space is limited, so be sure you indicate your intention to attend when registering for ANC. To register your team to perform or to learn more about the event, visit or contact SNF Director Julie Abrera at (800) 877-8822, ext. 181, or

Silver Circle Luncheon

Tuesday, July 12
If you have been an SNA member for 25 years or more, be sure to take part in the celebration at the Silver Circle luncheon held in your honor. Cost: $50 per person; advance registration is required.

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Wednesday, July 13
The stage is set. The lights are dim. Voices are hushed. There’s an excitement in the air and the show is about to begin!

Move over Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift—this summer Nashville is rolling out the red carpet for the real stars, the stars of school nutrition! With the electrifying city where country music was born as the backdrop, ANC 2011 attendees will be treated to their very own high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance by chart-topping country-music artist, Alan Jackson. What a better way to celebrate the camaraderie and spirit of the school nutrition profession than with some good ol’ toe-tappin’ tunes, including "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "Remember When" and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," and a memorable night of dancin’, lettin’ loose and having fun!

So, what are you waiting for?! Pull on your dancin’ boots and get ready to blaze a trail to “Music City!” The ANC Final Event will take place at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 13, at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House. A ticket to the show is included in the full ANC conference registration fee, but space is limited—registration does not guarantee a ticket. Tickets will go fast, so make sure you indicate your intention to attend when registering for ANC. Stay tuned for the announcement of the featured performer!
Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry