#ANC19: They Came, They Met, They Conquered


anc19-web-storySNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference saw 6,000+ school nutrition advocates descend on St. Louis for the school nutrition event of the year July 13-16, 2019.

Meet ME in St. Louis, the theme of ANC 2019, turned the power of ME into the power of WE with 6,279 attendees, 516 more than the last time the conference took place in the #GatewayCity in 2000. Featuring 120+ education sessions on everything from the nuts and bolts of school nutrition to how to live in vision, not circumstance, the conference also hosted 3,359 total exhibitors from 377 companies in the world’s largest exhibit hall for K-12 foodservice.

A can’t miss event for foodservice decision-makers, 1,311 directors attended #ANC19 and 17% were new directors. More than a quarter of the 2,920 school foodservice operators who attended were also first-timers. The top five states in operator attendance were Texas (197), Missouri (179), Alabama (151), Indiana (139) and Illinois (132).

anc19 web storyThe conference began and ended with community service in St. Louis, Missouri through a partnership with Operation Food Search, a local nonprofit focused on ending hunger. Kicking off a day of 14 pre-conference workshops, which had the second highest combined attendance in ANC history (463), was a Community Activity: Helping Heal Childhood Hunger in Missouri, that took workshop participants offsite to OFS’s food distribution center. At the conclusion of the conference, nearly 21,000 pounds of packaged breakfast and lunch meals from the ANC Exhibit Hall was distributed in the community the week after ANC.

Along with our attendees, SNA wishes to thank all our generous sponsors, exhibitors, and SNA Missouri volunteers who made this event possible. Look for an #ANC19 recap in the September issue of School Nutrition magazine. Photos from the event can be found on SNA’s Flickr page.

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