Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over three 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: Andy Grammer in Concert


Prepare for an extraordinary ANC Closing Event with multi-platinum selling pop artist Andy Grammer! This current star is the first male pop performer in a decade (since John Mayer) to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. Grammer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop hits that you’ll know the minute you hear the first note. You’ll be blown away with Grammer’s infectious smash hits including “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Honey, I’m Good” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Additionally, you don’t want to miss his global smash hit single “Fresh Eyes,” which has become a streaming phenomenon with over 300 million total streams, the catchy summer jam featuring LunchMoney Lewis, “Give Love,” his new hit single “Smoke Clears” and many more.

Special Events

First-Timers Session
Sunday, July 14

Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this informative session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Join the ANC 2019 Program Advisors Sara Gasiorowski, SNS and Warren DeShields, 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 14

Celebrate the amazing contributions of members at the annual SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. State, regional and national award-winners will be honored, and prestigious awards will be given during the ceremony including the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards, as well as the Industry Member of the Year and SNF State Ambassador Awards.

New Connections Reception
Sunday, July 14

Networking is a hallmark of ANC! At this special event, ANC First-Timer Scholarship recipients, and the directors who nominated them, come together to make new connections. This event is by invitation only.
Sponsored by AccuTemp Products

Culinary Demonstrations
Sunday, July 14–Monday, July 15

This year’s popular Culinary Demonstrations will take place alongside the Education Sessions (not in the Exhibit Hall). There’s nothing more delicious than discovering fresh ways to prepare and serve school meals. Meet with experts who can share culinary secrets and nutrition tips to increase participation at your school. Seating is limited. Learn more about this year's Culinary Demonstrations.
Equipment sponored by Vulcan, a div. of ITW/FEG 

Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 15

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.
Sponsored by General Mills Convenience & Foodservice

SNF Golden Ticket Raffle Drawings
Tuesday, July 16

During the ANC Tuesday General session, two (2) drawings will be held to win $10,000! If you’re interested in a chance to win stop by the Foundation booth in the SNA Marketplace at the Plaza Lobby, Level 1 (outside of the Exhibit Hall Entrance) to buy your ticket for $100. Only 400 tickets are available, and tickets are sold on a first-come first served basis. Limit three (3) tickets per person/household. So, buy your golden ticket and be sure to join us for General Session on Tuesday morning from 8:00 am-9:30 am.

STEPS Wellness Event
Tuesday, July 16

ANC is always an exciting and jam-packed few days of learning, networking and connecting. It might be hard to find time to exercise, so be sure to make time for low-impact Zumba at the STEPS Wellness Event on Tuesday morning at 6:15 am.
Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store 

State Delegation Photos
Memorable 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. Check back here for the schedule of photos. All photos will be taken Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 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!

Targeted Learning Opportunities

Targeted sessions are special “professional learning communities” that allow peers from all over the country to come together to discuss challenges and solutions. Take a look at the 2019 line-up and be sure to join your section.

Membership Section Meetings
Sunday, July 14–
Tuesday, July 16

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.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Saturday, July 13
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam will be administered at ANC. Registration, approval and payment of fees must be completed prior to ANC and cannot be done on site. To register, contact SNA at (800) 877-8822 or The registration deadline is June 24, 2019.
Cost: $225 (SNA members); $325 (Non-members)  

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase
Monday, July 15–Tuesday, July 16

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:
Game Changers: Separating the BEST from the Rest
Tuesday, July 16

Learn the four keys that turn leaders into winners both on and off the field of play (aka work). This energetic presentation with keynote speaker Ervin Watson, MBA, identifies the four big things you can do daily to strengthen your leadership and become an impactful game changer!

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