With three exciting days at #ANC2020, you will have countless networking opportunities where you come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation. 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 Concert: Grand Ole Opry House
Tuesday, July 14


This year’s Closing Event will take place at the “home of American music,” the Grand Ole Opry House. The Opry is an iconic destination and is Nashville’s number one attraction. SNA attendees will have an opportunity to attend a private show on Tuesday evening featuring five or more artists – a mix of country legends and contemporary chart-toppers. Prior to the show, join us at 7:30 pm for a Party on the Plaza and enjoy the beautiful park-like setting in front of the Opry House while sipping a cool drink. Food trucks will be available to purchase something to eat prior to the show. Doors for the show will open at approximately 9:30 pm.

A ticket to the show is included in the full ANC conference registration fee. Make sure you indicate your intention to attend when you register for the conference. If additional tickets are available, an announcement will be made onsite.
Sponsored by TITAN School Solutions

Special Events

First-Timers Session
Sunday, July 12

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 2020 Program Advisors Warren DeShields and Richard Browder, FMP, SNS, 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 12

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 12

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 and Asian Food Solutions

Culinary Demonstrations
Sunday, July 12–Tuesday, July 14

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. Check back to learn more about this year's Culinary Demonstrations.

Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 13

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

STEPS Wellness Event
Tuesday, July 14
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 to learn the #ANC2020 line dance at the STEPS Wellness Event on Tuesday morning at 6:15 am. Be sure to bring your boots and get ready to have a fun time line dancing with everyone.
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 2020 line-up and be sure to join your section.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Saturday, July 11
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 19, 2020.
Cost: $225 (SNA members); $325 (Non-members)  

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Poster Showcase
Monday, July 13–Tuesday, July 14

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:
Exploring the Topic of Bias and Diversity
Tuesday, July 14

On the surface, Ervin Watson and Keshia Williams 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, Keshia 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.

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