Frequently Asked Questions


What does my registration fee include?

-Access to 80 education sessions
Access to Exhibit Hall with over 800 exhibits
Ticket to Final Event featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (food not included)
Access to four General Sessions
Access to Member Section Meeting

Who should attend the Annual National Conference?

Anyone involved with or has an interest in child nutrition and school food service should place SNA’s Annual National Conference on their calendar. It is the premier event for educational sessions, marketplace of exciting products and the best opportunity to network with colleagues. Don’t miss it!

Are there any discounts available for large groups?

Yes, members receive special savings when more than one person in the same membership category registers from their school district. To qualify for these savings, each registrant from the same school district must take the following steps:
A. Include the name of the first person registered from the school district in the space provided on the Registration Form.
B. Send all registration forms from the same school district in the same envelope or with the same fax.

What is the dress code?

Business Casual

How do I get tickets to the company sponsored events?

SNA does not handle tickets to these functions; you must contact your sales representative for tickets/access to these parties.

Will all conference programming be held at Mandalay Bay? When does the Annual National Conference officially begin?

All programming is at Mandalay Bay and ANC officially starts Monday, June 29. Registration and Preconference sessions begin Sunday, June 28. Please note that this year is a Monday – Thursday pattern instead of the usual Sunday – Wednesday pattern.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

You will receive an immediate electronic confirmation if we have your email on file. Please note that it can take up to 4 weeks to process registrations depending on the volume of registrations received. If you provide an email address, you will receive an electronic information page. If you do not provide an email address or we do not have one on file, you will receive a mailed confirmation approximately 4 – 6 weeks after we have received your registration.

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my registration?

We accept cancellations if they are received in writing before May 22, 2009. All cancellations are assessed a $50 processing fee. We are unable to process cancellations after that date. Refunds will be processed 30 days after the conference is over.

Will transportation be provided during the conference?

There is no need for shuttle buses as Mandalay Bay and THEHotel are connected.
-Please see the ANC promotional brochure or visit for more information about the Mandalay Bay Tram.

Can I buy individual additional Closing Event—Concert tickets? What is the cost?

Yes, you may request the amount on your registration form or purchase them on-site. The cost of the ticket is $95.

How many CEU hours will I earn by attending ANC?

Information on CEUs and what it contains

I desperately want to attend ANC, but unfortunately my budget does not allow it. Is there a scholarship program?

Yes, there is a scholarship program through the School Nutrition Foundation and to see if you are eligible, please click here. [Link to SNF scholarship page]

If I register for ANC am I automatically registered for Pre-conference Education courses?

No, a separate fee and registration is required for each.

Do I have to be registered for the conference in order to attend the Pre-conference Education Courses?

No, you may register for Pre-conference Education Courses without registering for the conference itself. To register for Pre-conference Education Courses, click here. Please understand that you will not be able to participate in any other events nor visit the exhibit hall.


What hotels have been reserved? What are the rates? Which is the headquarters hotel?

Housing at ANC Las Vegas

Can I make my hotel reservations now?

Yes, Housing at ANC Las Vegas

What are the registration rates?

Registration Rates

Will I receive a confirmation of my housing reservation?

You will receive an email confirmation of your housing reservation. If you do not receive one please send an email to to request one.

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my room reservation?

A $30 cancellation fee will be charged per reservation for all cancellations made prior to June 8, 2008. In addition to this processing fee, cancellations and no-shows after the May 25, 2009 cut-off will be subject to individual hotel cancellation policies. Cancellation fees will be processed no later than 90 days after the conference.

To reserve a hotel room am I required to pay a deposit?

All hotels require a valid Credit Card guarantee with each reservation request. Credit cards may be charged one night’s room deposit after May 25, 2009. Requests received without credit card information or payment will not be processed. If using a debit card for incidentals, the hotel will authorize a minimum of $50 immediately upon check-in.

How do I make changes to my hotel reservation once it has been made?

Housing at ANC Las Vegas


Are there airfare discounts?

You may check any of the internet travel companies such as Expedia, Orbitz, etc.
Southwest has a large amount of flights, including nonstop, into Vegas


What are the Exhibit floor hours of the Show?

Exhibitor Hours

What companies are exhibiting at the 2009 Show?

Link to Companies that are exhibiting

Are children allowed to attend?

ANC is a professional educational conference therefore it is best to make provisions for childcare. Due to liability issues, children under 16 are not allowed on the exhibit floor for any reason.


If I am a speaker do I need to register for the conference?

Yes, speakers and presiders will receive confirmation letters from the Meetings Manager to register starting in February 2009 if their program has been selected for the 2009 conference.

How can I become a speaker at ANC?

The Call For Presentations has closed but look for ANC 2010’s Call For Presentations at early October 2009.


I am a member of the press – do you have press registration?

Yes, we do offer members of the press free registration. To obtain a press registration form please contact Erik Peterson at


Are there tours available?

Tours are available through the hotels. Please contact the Mandalay Bay concierge or visit their website at


Where can I find the dates for future ANCs?

SNA future meetings page

My question is not here! Who should I contact?

If you do not see your question on here please send an email to and your question should be answered within 48 hours.

ANC 2009 Sponsors*
Top Sponsors
  • Barilla Pasta
  • ConAgra Foodservice
  • Fruit 66
  • General Mills Bakeries & Foodservice
  • Gossner Foods
  • Horizon Software International
  • IZZE Beverage
  • J.T.M. Food Group
  • J & J Snack Foods
  • Kraft Foods
  • Kellogg’s Food Away From Home
  • Land O’Lakes
  • Mrs.T’s Pierogies
  • PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Pierre Foods
  • Schwan’s Food Service
  • SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems
  • Simplot
  • SoBe Lifewater
  • Solae
  • The Switch Beverage Company
  • Vulcan and Wolf

GEM Club Contributors - Ruby Club
GEM Club Contributors - Pearl Club

*As of May 4, 2009