Networking & Special Events

When thousands of school nutritional professionals come together virtually for #ANC21—there will still be plenty of opportunities for networking! Through our state-of-the-art virtual platform, you will be able to easily connect with like-minded peers to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Check out the networking capabilities for school nutrition programs and just a few special events we’ve got in store!


Networking Made Easy

ANC 2021 attendee networking will be powered by AI (artificial intelligence). Through your Virtual ANC platform profile, which you will create once the platform opens to attendees the week before #ANC21, you’ll be matched with other attendees you should connect with—just like on other social media platforms like LinkedIn! You’ll be able to see who else is attending, send connection requests, export your contacts, arrange a one-on-one meeting through a video call (with screen sharing capabilities!) have one-on-one chats, create group chats, even watch a session together while on a video call! SNA will be hosting an attendee webinar prior to the start of the conference to show you just how easy it will be to connect through the Virtual ANC platform, at whatever level feels comfortable for you.

Virtual ANC Meet-Ups

Meet up and chat informally with colleagues around the country. Look for more details when the virtual platform opens the week before Virtual ANC.

Culinary Demonstrations

An ANC favorite! There’s nothing more delicious than discovering fresh ways to prepare and serve school meals. Learn from experts who can share culinary secrets and nutrition tips to increase participation at your school. Check back to learn more about this year's Culinary Demonstrations.

Membership Section Meetings

These special meetings are designed especially for peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together to discuss challenges and solutions for school nutrition programs.

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Poster Showcase

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.

Wellness Event: STEPS Strive to Thrive Wellness Challenge!

The SNA Strive to Thrive Wellness App, sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store, was designed to enhance your physical and mental health, and keep you moving in the right direction, step by step, activity by activity. The #ANC21 virtual wellness challenge is scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 13 so be sure to download the app today and take part in the current spring challenge to get warmed up!

Thursday, July 15

Richard B. Russell Leadership Series: Exploring Bias and Diversity
ANC-2021-Speaker-Ervin-WatsonSpeaker(s): Ervin Watson, MBA; Donette Worthy, SNS

On the surface, Ervin Watson and Donette Worthy may not have much in common—age, gender, race, education and life experiences. But together, they will lead a session to explore how our personal biases can limit our teams and the diversity we desire. Using their own experiences and differences, Donette and Ervin will candidly discuss how to challenge assumptions. This session should make you reflect on yourself and hopefully provoke you to be an agent of change that can energize an organization or team. 

The Richard B. Russell Leadership Series (made possible by theSchool Nutrition Foundation) was established in 2010 by Georgia SNA in memory of Senator Richard B. Russell and honors three SNA past presidents from the state of Georgia: Josephine Martin, Mary Nix and Nancy Rice.

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