ANC Exhibitors Get Hungry for Philanthropy


The Exhibit Hall at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is always bursting at the seams with great vendors and attendees roaming the numerous aisles. There is always something to munch, crunch or nibble on. But what happens to that food once the conference wraps up? Simple: It gets donated.

The Exhibit Hall acts as a one-stop-shop for school nutrition professionals, where vendors can tout their latest products. This year’s ANC, which wrapped up Thursday, July 12, had over 370 vendors and provided a great opportunity to give back to SNA’s generous host city Las Vegas.

This year’s recipient of the food was Las Vegas-based charity Three Square Food Bank. From canned to boxed items, fresh to frozen products, and everything in between, 29,998 pounds of food was donated to the organization.

In Nevada, one in every eight people struggle with hunger, while one in every five children is hungry, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200-member food banks. The amount of food donated to the charity by SNA equates to nearly 25,000 meals that will now be distributed throughout Southern Nevada.

For nearly a decade, SNA has been making donations to food banks and charities following its conferences in Dallas, Nashville, Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Atlanta. To date, the conference (and Association) has donated nearly 300,000 pounds of food to hunger relief initiatives.

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