Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to 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:


Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News is truly one of America’s great rock ‘n’ roll bands. As the group enters their 35th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, making it as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide and have sold more than 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.

These Grammy Award-winners have written and performed such classic Top 10 hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.’” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love,” nominated for an Academy Award, went to No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide.

As great a recording career as the band has had, there is something extra special about a Huey Lewis and The News’ live show. They incorporate a variety of musical influences, including R&B and soul, to create their own unique sound. Front man Huey Lewis' unmistakable voice has a rich, textured quality that lends itself well to not just their hits, but also to the variety of other songs featured in the show. Lewis also brings some bluesy tones to the performance when he breaks out into his harmonica solos. One of the highlights of the show is the a cappella rendition of early rock ‘n’ roll classics such as “It’s Alright,” “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “Sixty Minute Man.”

Huey Lewis and The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long-time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries, Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet) and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

Huey Lewis and The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. Be it their albums, their live performances or the way they interact with their fans, they are a band with “Heart and Soul.”


Inspirational Service
Sunday, July 13
Come together with your school nutrition friends and peers and enjoy music that will inspire you as you begin your time at ANC.

SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony
Sunday, July 13
Celebrate the school nutrition professional at the annual SNA Awards Ceremony, where all state, regional and national award winners will be recognized by the Association and their peers. Some of the prestigious honors recognized during the ceremony include the Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award, the Louise Sublette Award of Excellence, the Heart of the Program Award and Membership and Professional Development Awards. SNA will also recognize the Outstanding Director of the Year, the Industry Member of the year and the Districts of Excellence. Take advantage of the opportunity to help honor these outstanding individuals for their efforts for their work in the field of child nutrition.

First Timers Session
Sunday, July 13
Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Join the ANC 2014 Program Chairs, Paul Becker and Renee Hanks, as they provide a rundown of the highlights and events to participate in this year. Get your who, what, where, when and whys answered for ANC!

New Connections Reception
Sunday, July 13
ANC is all about networking, and at this special event, which brings together the new school nutrition directors (three years or less), Future Leaders program participants and ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, you will make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend to this invitation-only networking event. This event is by invitation only.

Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 14
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.

State Delegation Photos
Monday, July 14–Wednesday, July 16
Take advantage of so many state members being in one place by gathering together your members for a state delegation photo at ANC. Photos will be taken in room 259AB in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. To view the schedule to determine when your state should gather for its picture, click here.

STEPS Challenge Wellness Event
Tuesday, July 15
Kick off Tuesday of ANC with fun and fitness – and a special appearance by “The Biggest Loser” star Ali Vincent! We’ll be getting moving with physical activity at the STEPS Challenge Wellness Activity, sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store. This wellness event is a great way to get moving, energize yourself and have some fun with your fellow SNA members.


Chapter Leadership Day
Saturday, July 12
It’s a new year, and chapter leaders are looking for fresh ideas to invigorate local groups. If you’re an SNA chapter leader, don’t miss this event on Saturday, July 12, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm featuring topics such as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings, innovative fundraising efforts and building membership. Registration is required. Please indicate you plans to attend when registering for the conference. Cost: $25 (Includes breakfast.)

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Sunday, July 13
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam will be administered at ANC on Sunday, July 13, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment must be made in advance and cannot be done on-site. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, click here for more details. To register, contact SNA’s Credentialing Staff at The registration deadline is June 22, 2014.

School Nutrition Foundation
Sunday, July 13–Wednesday, July 16
Stop by the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) booth to discover resources that can help you enhance your career, your program and your students. You will find out more about current professional development opportunities available through SNF, as well as scholarships and financial aid, Breakfast in the Classroom and more.

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase
Monday, July 14–Tuesday, July 15
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. To learn more, click here.

Membership Section Meetings
Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15
Membership Section Meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together and discuss the best practice and challenges in your program. Be prepared to hear from leaders in the school nutrition community and gather information directly relevant to you and your profession. Check back for more information about your member section's meeting. This year’s Member Section Meetings are:

  • College: Monday, July 14
  • District Directors & Supervisors: Monday, July 14
  • Employee/Manager: Tuesday, July 15
    Back by popular demand, the founder of School Lunch Hero Day and author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will talk about why school lunch employees are everyday heroes. See how School Lunch Hero Day was celebrated across the country this year, and how you can prepare for next year’s celebration. Krosoczka will also sign select books from his Lunch Lady series at 11:30 am, in the Wellness Village, on the exhibit floor.
  • Major City Directors & Supervisors: Tuesday, July 15
  • State Agency: Tuesday, July 15

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