ANC 2021 Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for ANC21 is Now Closed and Are Being Reviewed


Many excellent session proposals were accepted for ANC 2020 and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ANC 2020 was not able to take place. Please note, the planning team for ANC 2021 will be considering all accepted proposals from ANC2020 as potential sessions for ANC 2021. We will be in touch by March 1 to confirm the status of your session for ANC 2021.

ANC 2021 will likely include a hybrid or virtual track. In your session proposal description, please indicate if you would be willing to present your session in-person only, virtual-only, or both.

ANC 2021 CFP
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SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) provides a unique learning experience for school nutrition professionals. ANC is the premier annual event for school nutrition and the educational sessions are on the cutting edge of the field. From the nuts and bolts to the latest hot topics, ANC provide attendees a range of educational sessions to fit their professional needs.

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

Interested in Submitting a Proposal? What You Need to Know:

Proposals can only be accepted 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:

  • Please 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 ANC 2019 are available here.


60-Minute Education Sessions: A blend of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction. The requirements for these sessions are as follows:

  • Please include practical ideas and takeaways so that participants can implement the ideas in their districts.
  • Maximum of 3 speakers/panelists per session.
  • Include a brief question and answer period within the 60-minute presentation.
  • Sessions are set theater style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.

60-Minute 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. 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.)
  • Attendees are expected to actively participate in interactive discussion, 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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2-Hour “Express” Pre-Conference Workshops: To allow for deeper dives on specific topics. The requirements for these pre-conference sessions are as follows:

  • Discussion based. The session is led by a facilitator and NO POWERPOINT slides may be used.
  • Attendees are expected to actively participate in discussion, learn from each other and from the facilitator(s).
  • Attendees can be encouraged to bring their own devices. In the proposal, please indicate if this component is critical to the session.
  • 1-2 facilitators per session.
  • Sessions are set in round tables and typically accommodate 35-50 attendees per session

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops: Designed as interactive, highly collaborative training programs. The requirements for these pre-conference sessions are as follows:

  • Attendees expect to actively participate in group exercises with hands-on learning experience with those desirable takeaways.
  • Maximum of 3 speakers/panelists per session.
  • Sessions are set in round tables and typically accommodate 35-50 attendees per session.


Best Practices Poster: Poster display that focuses on a successful practice or initiative that has recently been implemented related to school nutrition. Poster displays are part of the School Nutrition Showcase at ANC.

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

*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 proposal deadline closed on January 4, 2021.

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 March 1, 2021.

If approved, all speakers must comply with SNA’s speaker agreement. View the ANC 2021 Speaker Agreement Form.

Submission Timeline

June, 2020   ANC 2021 Online Call for Proposals Open
January 4, 2021
ANC 2021 Online Call for Proposals Closes
at 11:59 pm ET.
February 1, 2021  If your session was accepted for ANC 2020, you will be notified if it is accepted, pending or declined for ANC 2021 
March 1, 2021 Proposal submitters notified of program status: accepted, pending or declined
March 12, 2021   Completed and signed speaker packets are due.
*Note that access to early registration is contingent upon receipt of this packet*
April 5, 2021   Session speakers will be notified of the session date and time. Speaker registration forms are due.
May 2021 Webinar specifically for speakers (exact date TBA)
June 8, 2021   Session PowerPoint presentations due
July 11-13, 2021   SNA’s 2021 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Chicago

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

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


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.

IMPORTANT: Please note that special consideration will be given to topics that align with SNA’s 2021 Strategic Focus. It is strongly encouraged that proposal submitters review the list and consider the topics listed prior to starting the application. View the ANC 2021 Preferred Topics List.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to complete all of the required fields within the application. In the event that you miss a required field, you will see an error message (in red) below the submit button. All required fields must be completed in order for you to receive an email confirmation from SNA and to print a copy of your submission.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Proposal application process, please feel free to email your questions to SNA’s Education Center at

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