ANC 2022 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is now open!

ANC 2022
Call for Proposals
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Envision yourself speaking at the premiere event in school nutrition!
We hope you can…because SNA’s Annual National Conference (SNA) is the can’t miss conference for K-12 school foodservice professionals—and we are looking for your expertise. 

“Powered by imagination” is the #ANC22 themeand its focus is how new ideas and creativity will best equip attendees to reimagine their school nutrition operations. Will you help them utilize the latest innovations and practical ideas to build and rebuild their school meal programs?
We are excited to see your imagination take flight with innovative approaches and dynamic ideas that operators can learn from, create, and replicate. If you are interested in submitting an education session proposal, review important information below and when ready…

Submit Your Proposal Here

Questions? Please email Please read this page in its entirety before submitting a question.

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Please use the resources below to help you prepare your best possible submission. SNA is looking for dynamic presentations in the following formats:


Ideas@Work Sessions: These 30-minute, fast-paced sessions are focused on singular innovations and are intended to inspire innovation through peer-to-peer learning and engagement. Speakers should be prepared to help attendees replicate their successes by walking through an innovation from concept to implementation and share best practices. SNA will provide a template for the presentation. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • Plan to include practical ideas and takeaways so that participants can implement the ideas in their districts.
  • In the proposal, please provide examples of the types of templates that will be shared in the presentation.
  • Maximum of 1 speaker per session.
  • Allow about 10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Sessions are set theater style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.
  • Examples of Ideas@Work sessions from prior conferences are  available here.

Learning Burst Sessions: These 30-minute, fast-paced sessions are focused on critical school nutrition topics designed for shorter virtual attention spans and curious minds. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • A main theme of discussion.
  • In the proposal, please provide examples of the types of templates that will be shared in the presentation.
  • Maximum of 1 speaker per session.
  • Allow about 10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Sessions are set theater style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.
  • Examples of Learning Burst sessions from prior conferences are available here.


60-Minute Interactive Roundtable Sessions:  Facilitator-led. Participants brainstorm ideas and learn from each other. The goal is to take back practical solutions on hot topics and challenges in school nutrition. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • Discussion based and highly interactive. The session is led by a facilitator who must have expertise in the session topic. NO POWERPOINT slides may be used, however, facilitator can bring handouts (or handout can be uploaded to the conference app).
  • Sessions feature polling, Q&A and other approaches that help crowdsource audience insights. This enables attendees to share their opinions, which drives engagement.
  • Attendees are expected to actively participate in the interactive discussions, group exercises and/or hands-on learning experiences.
  • Sessions are set in rounds and typically accommodate 90-200 attendees per session.

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Best Practices Poster:  Poster display that focuses on a successful practice or initiative that has recently been implemented related to school nutrition. 

Research Poster:  Poster display that shares findings from recent research on child and school nutrition. Poster displays are part of the School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase at ANC.

Proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm ET on March 31, 2022 to be considered.

Submit Your Proposal Here

*Please note: Pre-Conference and Education Sessions are NOT to be used as a sales or promotional platform for any speaker’s company, products, or services. SNA reserves the right to halt speakers from this practice if the situation arises during their presentation.  

Speaker Information

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  • Speakers agree to be available on any day which SNA assigns the session.
  • Speakers do not need to be SNA members; however, if a proposal is accepted ALL speakers must register as conference attendees.
    • If the speaker plans to attend the conference only on the day of their presentation, they will be given complimentary registration only for the day of the presentation. Complimentary registration is non-transferable.
    • If the proposal is accepted and speakers plan to attend the full conference, they will receive the early bird price for their registration as well as early access to registration and housing.
    • SNA does not provide speaker fees or travel expense reimbursement for pre-conference session and education session speakers.
    • SNA may provide honorarium for specific *approved* non-governmental agency pre-conference session speakers. The honorarium for the pre-conference session speaker is based on the number of hours for the session. See speaker guidelines for more information.
    • Speakers are expected to make their own travel arrangements unless otherwise mutually agreed upon in writing.
  • Exhibitors who are also speakers should note that while SNA will make every effort not to schedule your session during Directors-Only exhibit hours. Due to the evolving nature of the schedule, we cannot guarantee that your session will not be scheduled during these hours. Product promotion is strictly prohibited from education sessions.

Experience has proven that participation in SNA’s ANC programming has often provided exposure for speakers garnishing future speaking engagements; particularly with SNA state affiliates.

The Submission Process

The individual submitting the proposal is considered the primary contact. *The primary contact must provide contact information for ALL speakers, including name, address, phone number and email address. The primary contact will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 15, 2022. 

If approved, all speakers must comply with SNA’s speaker agreement. View the ANC 2022 Speaker Agreement Packet.

Submission Timeline

August 23, 2021  ANC 2022 Online Call for Proposals Open
March 1, 2022 Call for Proposals Extended. ANC 2022 Online Call for Proposals Closes at 11:59 pm ET.
March 10, 2022   The session speakers will be notified of the session date and time
March 31, 2022   Poster Proposal Closes at 11:59 pm ET 
April 7, 2022   Speaker registration forms are due
May 2022 Webinar specifically for speakers (exact date TBA)
June 8, 2022   Session PowerPoint presentations due
July 10-12, 2022   SNA’s 2022 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Orlando, FL

Helpful Hints Before You Begin
Proposals should focus on one of the following key areas:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Operations
  3. Administration   
  4. Communications & Marketing

Be prepared prior to log in with your session title, your description, and an overall idea of what you would like the presentation to contain. In addition to learning objectives, please indicate how you will engage the audience in your session. Most session participants will be able to use the conference app to chat and answer polls.  Also, please note that once you submit you cannot return to your submission to make any edits. Be prepared prior to log in with your session title, your description, and an overall idea of what you would like the presentation to contain.

How will sessions be evaluated?

To ensure high quality presentations, a volunteer committee representing SNA’s various member segments, in addition to a panel of subject matter experts, develop and identify timely topics based on the training needs of SNA members and emerging trends in school nutrition.

To guarantee conference program content that is relevant and targets the attendees’ needs, the committee and subject matter experts review and rate proposals. In addition to looking for sessions on timely topics, program evaluators are looking for speakers’ subject matter expertise on the topic being presented, innovative approaches that have been tried and tested, practical applications, and audience engagement.

The committee may supplement programming by inviting speakers to address specific topics as identified.

Submit Your Proposal Here

IMPORTANT: It is strongly encouraged that proposal submitters review the list and consider the topics listed prior to starting the application. View the View the ANC 2022 Preferred Topics List.

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