Nation's Largest School Nutrition Event to Feature Foods, Recipes and Solutions for School Cafeterias



Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner  


Nation's Largest School Nutrition Event to Feature Foods, Recipes and Solutions for School Cafeterias  


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - More than 5,500 school nutrition professionals will gather for School Nutrition Association's (SNA) 69th Annual National Conference (ANC) next week to sample healthy foods and recipes, participate in education sessions and share best practices. ANC, held in Salt Lake City from July 12-15, features more than 100 education sessions, the largest exhibit hall in school nutrition and networking opportunities, all geared to help attendees improve school meal programs and address challenges stemming from new nutrition standards. Media wishing to attend ANC must contact Diane Pratt-Heavner,, to register in advance.

Beginning in 2012, new federal rules for school meals and snacks have been phased in, requiring student lunch and breakfast trays to include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less calories, fat and sodium. The rules have brought positive changes to school cafeterias, but many schools have struggled with higher costs and declining revenue due to student resistance to new menus (Learn more here).

ANC 2015 offers school nutrition professionals the chance to share successes and identify new approaches to improve menus while maintaining student participation and financially sustainable programs. US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials will participate throughout the conference, hosting a wide range of education sessions and offering resources from “USDA Lane” in the ANC Exhibit Hall. Again this year, SNA has invited partner organizations such as Action for Healthy Kids, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Food Research and Action Center and Pew Charitable Trusts to present at sessions or share their resources at the Exhibit Hall’s “Partner Pavilion.”

Key highlights include:

  • Education sessions on a wide range of topics including financial management, Farm to School programs, nutrition education to promote healthier student choices, minimizing food waste, special diets and food allergies, and expanding access to summer meals.
  • The largest Exhibit Hall in the school nutrition industry with more than 125,000 square feet of exhibits from 385 companies, partner organization, non-profits and USDA divisions. Attendees will find foods, beverages, equipment, technology, nutrition education and menu planning tools. Exhibitors will offer taste tests of whole grain foods, lower sodium entrees, low fat dairy foods, recipes to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in school meals and much more.
  • Culinary demonstrations featuring innovative school recipes including Asian-Style Tacos and Spicy Chicken Wraps.
  • General Session speakers include: Howie Long, NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame recipient; Laura Schroff, inspirational best-selling author; Les Brown, motivational speaker.

About the School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.For more information about ANC, visit


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