ANC in the Big D

Sneak Preview of the ANC 2010 Exhibit Hall

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Come and see why ANC is referred to as the “School Nutrition Event of the Year!” With more than 700 exhibit booths displaying the latest products, services and equipment available to the school nutrition market, the exhibit floor alone makes ANC a can’t-miss opportunity!

Here are just a few of the Exhibit Hall highlights attendees will be talking about in Dallas:

  • This year, J& J Snack Foods will be exhibiting new whole fruit premium frozen 100% juice cups, while The J.M. Smucker Company will be unveiling a strawberry, whole-wheat Uncrustable!
  • Stop by the Domino’s Pizza booth for a slice of their new Bellroni and Pepperoni Smart Slice Pizza, developed just for schools.
  • Be sure to check out the Crazy Apples—whole Washington apples flavored on the inside with no added sugar, calories or preservatives.
  • Looking for ways to enhance your HACCP program? Be sure to take a look at Smart Temps Wireless Temperature and HACCP Management System.
  • In the market for new equipment? Check out the vast array of holding cabinets, heated and refrigerated transport carts, custom serving lines and hundreds of smart tools to help streamline your work and increase efficiency.

Check back frequently to learn more about the exciting new products you will discover in the ANC Exhibit Hall. Let’s hear from our exhibitors directly!


Your Big Ideas for School Nutrition

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Over 300 excellent ideas have been submitted to the ANC Big Ideas Sweepstakes so far. Here are just a few of the BIG ideas sent in by your colleagues on how to help school nutrition programs thrive:

“I expanded my school breakfast program to include the parents, but made it convenient for them. In the car rider drop-off line, we have a hot breakfast cart that sells nutritious and delicious breakfasts to the parents after they drop their children off for school. The parents pull up to the curb, roll down their window and breakfast is served. It has been a great opportunity for the cafeteria to increase breakfast participation. Students see their parents eating and they want to have breakfast, too. In addition, parents are finding out that the breakfasts we serve taste great and are affordable.” – Lisa Douglas, Orange County Public Schools, Florida

“Develop a logo for your child nutrition department, add a tagline and make it meaningful (related to education/nutrition). We use our new logo and tagline on everything—our website, letterhead, envelopes, menus, mailers, etc. We feel it makes us more recognizable and credible.” – Catherine Giza, SNS, Chandler Unified School District, Arizona

“We have kitchen managers contact our director when they are implementing something new in their kitchen, such as a new recipe, new equipment, promotions or merchandising. We videotape the “Big Idea” in the kitchen and use it for a training tool at a managers meeting. At the end of the school year the best “Big Ideas” are made into a foodservice best practices CD for the whole district to view. This really helps increase participation.” – Gary Dodds, SNS, Lake County Schools, Florida

“In honor of the last year for the Oprah Show, our nutrition department will start a Book Club. Members will be gathering to read only one book, the ServSafe manual. We will serve refreshments and go over the manual chapter by chapter. After every member is trained, we will bring in a proctor to administer the ServSafe test. Our goal is to certify all nutritional staff members in the St. Joseph School District.” –  Roxanne Silvey, St. Joseph School District, Missouri

It’s not too late to submit your BIG Idea for school nutrition and be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three (3) free ANC 2010 Dallas registrations*. The deadline to receive big ideas entries is April 30, 2010. Enter today at

(*Prize includes one (1) annual conference registration fee only and does not include land transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodation or any other expenses. No purchase necessary. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. For complete rules and regulations, click here.)


Dear Boss: Send me to ANC Dallas!

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Your district, like many others, is likely looking for ways to reduce costs and to ensure that the money it spends to meet students’ needs goes as far as possible. But professional development is important, too, and this year’s ANC in Dallas promises to provide big ideas, big value and big opportunities.

So, why not ask your supervisor to send you to ANC to ensure that you’ll gain valuable ideas and suggestions to bring back to your district? Tracks in financial management and food safety and sanitation, as well as sessions on other key topics, such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and USDA commodities, will provide you with cost-effective essential training and knowledge that can also be used back home.

The letter in this blog entry, attached in Word, is a template for a letter you might consider submitting to your supervisor to let him/her know about how important it is that you attend ANC Dallas. As school nutrition professionals work together to provide healthy meal options for all students in these continued difficult economic times and as school meals face scrutiny from those who do not understand the full scope of the school nutrition profession, training and professional development remain as important as ever. Feel free to tailor the information as suggested to your and your district’s own needs.

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 ANC 2010 Supervisor Letter (doc)

The ANC Blog is Back: Top 10 Reasons to Attend!

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Yes, it’s true! This year, SNA once again will be bringing you the latest updates and insider insights about this summer’s Annual National Conference (ANC) via a conference blog. Just like last year, this blog is the place to get a sneak peek of all the conference excitement that awaits you in Dallas. Of course, one of the best things about the “ANC in the Big D” blog is that the discussion can get started before the meeting even begins! So be sure to drop in, add your comments and return frequently to see new posts and make new comments.

Let’s get this blog—and the countdown to ANC 2010—kicked off on the right foot with a top 10 list of reasons why you can’t afford to miss the school nutrition event of the year. May this list help you make a strong case to your supervisor about the importance of attending ANC.

10. ANC is the only conference focused on you. Every education session, speaker and exhibit is designed to provide you with the information you need to benefit your career, your program and your students.

9. With four days of learning (even more if you attend pre-conference courses), four key topics areas (administration, communications/marketing, nutrition and operations) and 90 education sessions from which to choose, you will take away loads of big ideas and information you can immediately apply in the workplace.

8. Stay ahead of the curve by gaining access to information you won't get anywhere else. Education sessions highlights include “How to Put the WOW in Your Serving Line,” “Boot Scootin’ for Wellness,” “Driving Down Costs in a Challenging Economy” and “Big Ideas for Farm to School,” just to name a few. To learn more about this year’s education sessions, click here.

7. If you think you have no time for professional development…think again! You will earn 23 continuing education units (CEUs) toward certification renewal by attending this year’s conference. Also, this year SNA is offering attendees the opportunity to take their career to the next level by becoming Level 1 certified during the conference. To learn more about this convenient way to meet Level 1 requirements, click here.

6. Discover that everything really is bigger in Texas—including the ANC Exhibit Hall, the nation’s largest exposition of products, services and equipment available to the school nutrition market. Featuring more than 300 companies, you will be able to collect information and talk one-on-one with industry representatives to get answers to your questions so that you can make better purchasing decisions.

5. Connect and reconnect. At ANC, you will spend four days with 3,000+ school nutrition professionals, allowing you to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

4. Share common goals, achievements and concerns with like-minded colleagues at the annual SNA membership section meetings. This occasion to mix with peers at your position level will allow you to build a personal network of peers you can call on for ideas all year long.

3. Be inspired. The line up of keynote speakers will motivate you to seize the opportunities of a new school year.

2. Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge! You will impress your boss and you entire your team when you return with best practice solutions and strategies that improve your program’s productivity and profitability.

1. And finally (drum roll, please)…see for yourself why, year after year, school nutrition professionals like you never miss ANC! Come learn, grow and be inspired!

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