Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! 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:

Closing Event Concert:

ANC 2017 Closing Event Concert Featuring Barenaked Ladies  

Wednesday, July 12
The energy, precision, finesse and outright celebration you’ll experience from the Barenaked Ladies’ (BNL) is certainly part of their remarkable longevity. The band is still together after nearly three decades, producing 14 studio albums which have collectively sold more than 14 million copies, won eight Juno Awards, earned multiple Grammy nominations, a U.S. chart-topping single (“One Week”) and the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory.

BNL’s biggest hits include, “If I Had $1,000,000,” “Brian Wilson,” “The Old Apartment,” “One Week” and “Pinch Me,” plus songs from their last two albums including “Odds Are” which hit #2 at iTunes, and the most recent single, “Duct Tape Heart” from their album Silverball.

You’ll be front and center for one of the most amazing—and FUN—concerts on the current rock circuit. Join your school nutrition colleagues to sing along to BNL’s expansive music catalog, as well as delight in the band’s light-hearted, comedic performance style and humorous banter between songs.

Special Events

First-Timers Session
Sunday, July 9

Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Join the ANC 2017 Program Chairs Jeremy West, SNS, and Vanessa Hayes, SNS, as they provide a rundown of the highlights and events to participate in this year. Get your who, what, when, where and whys answered for ANC!

SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony
Sunday, July 9

Celebrate the outstanding contributions SNA members make every day at the annual SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, where state, regional and national award winners will be recognized by the Association and their peers. The prestigious honors given during the ceremony include the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year Awards, as well as State Association Membership and Professional Development Awards. SNA will also recognize the Industry Member of the Year.

New Connections Reception
Sunday, July 9

ANC is all about networking! At this special event, ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, and the directors who nominated them, come together to make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend to this invitation-only networking event.

STEPS Challenge Wellness Activity
Monday, July 10

ANC is always an exciting and jam-packed few days of learning, networking and connecting. It might be hard to make time for yourself to exercise, so be sure to join us for the STEPS Challenge Wellness Event on Monday morning at 6:45 am in the Marriott Marquis.
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Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 10

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.

State Delegation Photos
Monday, July 10–Wednesday, July 12

Cool connections go hand-in-hand with hot topics at ANC. Celebrate the friendships you’ve made with other members of your state association with a keepsake photo. All photos will be taken Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and SNA has worked to minimize conflicts with key ANC activities. Mark the day and time that’s been scheduled for your state photo on your agenda—and spread the word to your friends and colleagues to be sure that everyone shows up ready to smile!

ANC 2017 Night Out at Ponce City Market

Night Out at Ponce City Market
Tuesday, July 11

For those of you looking for something fun to do Tuesday evening, consider heading over to Ponce City Market (PCM) at the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, which has been transformed into a vibrant community hub with shops and restaurants, including the Central Food Hall. The Central Food Hall features establishments from award-winning chefs that offer everything from Georgia and Carolinas-caught seafood, to classic burgers, cold-pressed juice, and locally-made kimchee and Korean steamed buns. “The Roof” at Ponce City Market is one of the most iconic destinations in Atlanta, featuring panoramic views, an 18-hole mini golf course, boardwalk-style games, dining and more.

SNA will be providing complimentary shuttles to and from Ponce City Market starting at 5:30 pm, departing from the Marriott Marquis; the last shuttle will depart from PCM at 9:30 pm. Shuttle tickets are required to ride the bus and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please visit the shuttle desk in the Georgia World Congress Center during shuttle hours to receive a ticket with an assigned shuttle departure time.

Targeted Learning Opportunities

Membership Section Meetings
Sunday, July 9–
Tuesday, July 11

These special meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together to discuss challenges and solutions for school nutrition programs. Take a look at what’s planned for this year’s Membership Section Meetings.

Chapter Leadership Day
Saturday, July 8

It’s a new year, and chapter leaders are looking for fresh ideas to invigorate local groups. If you’re an SNA chapter leader, don’t miss this event on Saturday, July 8, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, featuring topics such as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings, innovative fundraising efforts building membership and more. Registration is required. Please indicate you plans to attend when registering for the conference. The cost is $25, which includes breakfast.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Saturday, July 8
The latest SNS exam will be available at ANC on Saturday, July 8, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment must be made in advance and cannot be done onsite. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, visit SNS Credentialing for more details. To register, contact SNA at (800) 877-8822, or The registration deadline is June 18, 2017.

New Directors Roundtable
Sunday, July 9

Calling all new directors! Have you been a director for less than 3 years? Then be sure to attend this new directors’ roundtable to learn how you can make the most of ANC’s education sessions, network with your peers and gain tried and true tips from experienced directors.

USDA Information Booth
Sunday, July 9–Tuesday, July 11

Stop by the USDA Help Desk to meet with USDA subject matter experts on a host of topics. This is your opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns you may have in a smaller, more informal setting. Come prepared with your issue and plan to spend a few minutes discussing it.

Rural Districts Sharing Session
Monday, July 10

Rural districts face a unique set of challenges when it comes to operating their school nutrition programs. Join peers from rural districts across the country to discuss challenges, opportunities and take away some practical solutions for programs in rural areas.

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase
Monday, July 10–Tuesday, July 11

The Showcase is the place to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. Discover what sort of interesting ideas, techniques and tactics are being applied in school and districts nationwide. Take advantage of time to stroll through and review the posters, as well as dedicated time to speak with the posters’ authors to learn more about their research.

Richard B. Russell Leadership Series
Tuesday, July 11

Be sure to check out this year’s Richard B. Russell Leadership Series session, featuring inspirational leadership trainer, Dave Weber. This session is aimed at exploring the 12 “X’s” of success for today’s leaders. Learn more about this session.

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