2019 Conference Program Book

Monday  ●  April 13, 2020

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CACFP Creditable Roundtable* by invitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

USDA & State Agency Training *state agencies only

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learning Excursions *pre-registration required

Tuesday  ●  April 14, 2020 

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Conference Registration Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

First Timers' Orientation

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Conference Welcome & Featured Speaker Sessions

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

CACFP|Summer|Afterschool Workshops 101, 201, 301

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

State-of-the-State Review & Networking Sessions

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A-Town Welcome Networking Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday ●  April 15, 2020

7:00 am - 6:00  pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:00 am

General Session

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Breakouts Session Two

9:30 am  - 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting *by invitation

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunch & Learn

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Breakouts Session Three

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Breakouts Session Four

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Shop Talk

Thursday ●  April 16, 2020 

7:00 am- 6:00 pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakouts Session Five

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Breakouts Session Six

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Breakouts Session Seven

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Learn

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Breakouts Session Eight

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakouts Session Nine

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Featured Speaker Sessions

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

USDA Town Hall Q&A

Friday, April 17, 2020

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

State Agency Afterschool & Summer Meals Symposium
*pre-registration required

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sponsor Training *pre-registration required

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Excursion *pre-registration required


First Timers' Orientation

We love welcoming newcomers! We'll make sure you are able to walk away from this jam-packed, three-day conference with new insights and knowledge to use and to share with colleagues back in the office. Learn more about what to expect, how to navigate the schedule, and where you need to be to get the most out of this national training event.

Featured Speaker Sessions

Hear from expert speakers about policy and programming, nutrition and research, or resources and tools. We are highlighting six featured speakers to start the conference off and wrap-up the final day too.
Leave feeling inspired and ready to take action in your role at home.

National Conference General Session

As a community, there are some things we all need to hear at the same time, together. The national  conference general session is strategically planned with speakers who will provide needed child nutrition policy information and who will motivate us towards future success.

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting

Members are invited to learn about what we have accomplished in the past year, how we support the CACFP community, and share ideas of how we should plan for the future.

Exhibit Hall Access

Attendees have full access to the exhibit hall where they can visit with food manufacturers, food service vendors, nutrition education resources providers, software solutions, and training and accounting resources. Visit with USDA's Team Nutrition and interact with many other organizations leading change in the child nutrition landscape.

Functional Networking Sessions

Meet with people who do what you do every day! Join your moderator and colleagues to talk about workplace issues. Find a mentor. Share your experience. Make contacts. Talk shop and learn from one another. This is one of the most powerful sessions of the conference.

Regional Networking Sessions

Get to know your USDA regional office team, the National CACFP Sponsors Association board members, and sponsor  representatives. We will also have an opening roll call by state so get your friends to join you and represent!

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview

Interested earning the CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Learn more on Tuesday, April 23 or online at cacfp.org/certification.   


Afterschool Meals & Summer Foods at Chicago Public Schools

Travel to and observe an after-school meal service at a Chicago Public School (CPS) site and learn about their successes and challenges with program marketing, menu planning, community outreach, and operations. CPS is the third largest district in the US operating 646 schools, of which 400 offer CACFP Afterschool and 360 offer Summer Food Service. SOLD OUT


Farm To Table In Action at The Day Nursery

At The Day Nursery, the children play an active role in the life cycle of the foods they eat. On this hands-on tour, help prep the garden for the spring, take part in a food experience lesson, and learn from the teams at The Day Nursery and the Illinois Farm to School Network about how to advance your own farm to early childhood education activities. Come to Chicago early, or stay late for this excursion – choose from either date:

SOLD OUT Monday, April 22nd ǀ 2:00 pm - 6:00pm
SOLD OUT Friday, April 26th ǀ 8:00 am - 12:00pm



Shop Talk

Join in on these small group conversations to share stories, learn from each other, and connect with professionals who are facing the same challenges and opportunities you do. Unscripted and dynamic, talk shop about specific topics like enrolling providers, fundraising, policy, handling conflict, parent engagement, and mobile meals.


Networking Reception

Make new friends and greet the old! We're creating room to keep the conversation going after the networking sessions so you can talk one-on-one with attendees and make lasting connections.






Check back in July to submit a workshop proposal!


Registration Rates & Deadlines Coming Soon!

National CACFP Conference Purchase Order Policy

The National Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors Association (NCA) Board of Directors recognizes the need for State Agencies (SA) to have the option of payment for registration for the National Child Nutrition Conference by purchase order (PO) to secure the lowest registration rate possible. POs must reflect an authorized expense and promise of payment, and a copy of the authorized PO must be provided at the time of registration.

Invoices will be issued at the time of registration, and payment will be due within 30 days of the date on the invoice. If payment is not received within 30 days of the date on the invoice, the SA will be re-invoiced at the current registration rate with a 30 day payment deadline.

All payments for outstanding POs must be received by the association on or before April 15th. If payments are not received by April 15th, the SA will be re-invoiced at the onsite registration rate and payments will be due at attendee check-in. We cannot verify payments sent by mail after this date. Payments must be received before attendees can check in.

This policy is not meant to be a burden, however, reflects the desire of the association to ensure integrity, collection of funds, and preservation of organizational finances.


1. Payments can be made by check by mail or in-person onsite, or by credit card online, by mail or onsite. 

2. A Purchase Request, Request for Payment or Check Request will not be accepted in lieu of a PO.


Negotiated Conference Rates

$149.00 per night single/double occupancy
through March 20, 20120 or when sold out.

Headquarter Hotel

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Hyatt Regency Atlanta is a 30-minute train ride from the airport and a short walk to Atlanta’s stadium, convention center, and top attractions. 

Reservation Link will be emailed to conference attendees.


Don't miss out in 2020, book your spot today.

Click here to check out opportunities in Atlanta.


Who We Are

  • The National Child Nutrition Conference is the premier national conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program community and home of the USDA requested Summer Food Program training.

  • The CACFP community serves over 2 billion meals and snacks to over 4.4 million children daily as well as 115,000 elderly persons.

  • We represent over 52,000 child care centers, 137,000 family child care providers and 865 sponsors.

Why Join us?     

  • Promote your business and organization to leaders and members of the child nutrition community.

  • Participate in numerous networking opportunities with key decision makers.

  • Feature your business products or organization resources.

Who Attends?

  • CACFP Sponsors

  • Child Care Centers

  • State Agency Staff

  • Federal and Regional Agency Staff

  • Industry Leaders in Child Nutrition

  • Head Start

  • After-School/ At-Risk

  • Summer Food Sponsors

  • Nutrition Professionals

  • Tribal Nations

For more information contact us at conference@cacfp.org.

There are three ways to get noticed as a child nutrition advocate:

  • Exhibit - Year after year, over 95% of attendees say they visit conference exhibitors. Talk with the decision makers and influencers on the front lines of child nutrition. 
  • Advertise - All attendees receive a tote bag and conference program. The program is also available online prior to the conference and for years after the event. Put your message or product directly in the hands and homes of the child nutrition community. 
  • Sponsor - Each year we strive to make the conference experience better for the attendees. Sponsors enrich the conference with opportunities for everyone. Showcase a meaningful brand and be recognized as a conference sponsor.

We went with a goal of 20% attendee conversion and turned 
around with 48%. We will continue to see the value of this 
conference throughout the year. - 2018 Exhibitor

2020 Atlanta Partners

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2020 Atlanta Child Nutrition Champions


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2020 Atlanta Exhibitors