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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

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference 101: What's New & How to Navigate the Week

Tuesday  ●  April 14, 2020 

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

8:00 am - 9:00 am

CACFP Creditable Resources

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mid-Morning Break: Coffee & Muffins

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 - 4:15 pm

Learning Institutes 100, 101, 201, 301, 401, 501, State Agency

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Workshop Session One Afterschool & Summer Food Tracks Sponsored by Tyson

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Celebrating You! Appreciation & Networking Reception

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open *evening hours by popular demand!

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 & National Child Nutrition Foundation Excellence Awards

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:15 am

General Session Sponsored by General Mills

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Workshop Session Two

9:30 am  - 1:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting *by invitation

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunch & Learn + USDA Listening Session: Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Adults 

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop Session Three

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop Session Four

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Shop Talk

Thursday ●  April 16, 2020 

7:00 am - 5:30 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

Workshop Session Five

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Workshop Session Six

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Workshop Session Seven

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch & Learn

12:15 pm  - 12:45 pm

CMP/CCNP Professionals' Celebration *by invitation

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Workshop Session Eight

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Session Nine

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Featured Speaker Sessions

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Shop Talk

Friday ● April 17, 2020

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Excursions *pre-registration required

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

State Agency Afterschool & Summer Meals Symposium Sponsored by No Kid Hungry 


We begin with new and exciting information, inspiration and ideas to help you get the most out of your time at the conference.


USDA CACFP Policy Update
Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and share a state-of-the-state update of the CACFP. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Child and Adult Care Food Program which is crucial to ensuring children have access to nutritious foods and where healthy eating becomes a habit.

Angela Kline
Director, Program and Policy 
Development Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Andrea Farmer, MS, RD
Chief, Community Meals Branch in the Policy and Program Development Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service


Food Matters: How Your Work Supports a Lifetime of Healthy Eaters
Food program operators have a unique opportunity to champion intentional planning and promotion of healthy eating choices, habits, and activities to improve health outcomes for all. Learn how to build a program emphasizing food taste and presentation to reduce waste and increase nutritious food consumption. Take a journey meant to inspire you and set you on a resilient path for supporting healthy eaters’ lifetime behaviors. 

Asata Reid, MS Ed
Chef, Health Educator and Founder
Life Chef


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Food insecurity for children in the United States is on the rise, and research has proven that hungry children cannot learn. Become part of the solution by offering an innovative summer feeding program and adding supper to your school year program. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, so these out-of-school time meal service opportunities are critical in most areas across the country. Learn how to get stakeholder buy-in, what staffing and logistics requirements look like, which menus work best, and ways to reach a rural community.

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND
Director School Nutrition Program
Burke County Board of Education
Past President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017-2018


Plan to attend these featured presentations on Thursday afternoon before you leave the conference feeling inspired, knowledgeable, and ready to take on the world.

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Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Summer Food Service Program and share a state-of-the-state update on SFSP program developments, policy, and guidance. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Summer Food Service Program which is crucial to ensuring year-round access to foods for children.

Angela Kline
Director, Program and Policy 
Development Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Andrea Farmer, MS, RD
Chief, Community Meals Branch in the Policy and 


Wellness Journeys 
& Personal Triumphs
Caregivers and community health professionals are often the last to take their own advice which they share with parents and staff — to take care of themselves physically and emotionally so they are better able to help the children in their care. Hear Julie's personal story of a wellness journey that included making peace with food and her body to better care for herself and how she has maintained that peace for decades. She'll inspire you and share practical dietary and exercise habits that turn a blind eye to fad diets and extreme eating patterns.

Julie Miller Jones, PhD, LN, CNS
Distinguished Scholar & Professor Emeritus
St. Catherine University 
Board Member, Grain Foods Foundation


The Joys of Farm to School with Miss Ladybug
When we have fun, we remember. Join certified nature-based educator and entertainer Andrea Zoppo, aka Miss Ladybug, as she shares stories, classroom ideas, songs, and movements that spark wonder, expand the palate and instill stewardship. Learn seasonal farm to school practices that are hands-on and embrace emergent learning. You’ll go home singing, dancing, and ready to get back to your garden!

Andrea Zoppo
PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion
Ladybug Events



Preconference trainings are four-hour, deep-dive sessions in a classroom-style setting. Pre-registration is required.



CACFP 101: Homes and Centers
New to the Child and Adult Care Food Program? Learn the basics of CACFP from experienced CACFP sponsor operators and USDA’s Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance staff. This 101 course will cover Program Administration, Program Operations, Nutrition, Financial Management, Nonprofit Management, and Civil Rights as required to operate a CACFP sponsoring organization. 

Blake Stanford, CMP, Southwest Development of Human Services
Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LD, CCNP, Providers Choice 
Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, Child Nutrition Programs
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff


Show Me the Money: Getting Through the Budget Approvals Process 
This training is a 101-level overview of the generally accepted source documentation to support allowable costs for CACFP operations. Learn about best practices for determining if proposed program costs are necessary, reasonable, and allowable. Discover the impact the management plan has on the budget; what constitutes a related party transaction; and who has the burden of proof for ensuring proposed costs are necessary, reasonable, and allowable. Training will include group activities, discussion on proposed program costs that are often questioned, and tools to assist with avoiding common budget submission mistakes.

Monica Miles, CPA, CFE & Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC


Up and Moving! Increasing Physical Activity in ECE Settings
Let’s get children up and moving! Take a deep dive into the best practices for physical activity, then look at the importance of goal setting and action planning to support policy changes at your early care and education setting. You will be able to use knowledge gained to create an action plan that helps you teach the importance of physical activity and ultimately develops positive habits with children, families, and the community.

Rebecca Duchette, RN, BSN, Nemours Children's Health System
Erin Olson, MPH, Iowa Department of Health


Summer Food: Planning, Participation, Policy & Partnering for Success 
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is an important tool for addressing the nutrition gap low-income children face when the school year ends. Success depends on collaboration, proactive planning, and partnerships. Whether you are a CACFP sponsor operating SFSP for the first time, or a year-round sponsor looking to expand your current operations, come learn what you need to know and leave with practical resources and a concrete plan to reach more children with nutritious meals during the summer months. 

Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center
Michele Chivore, Atlanta Community Food Bank
Tamika Boone, Bright from the Start: GA Dept of Early Care and Learning
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff


CACFP 101: Afterschool Meals 
Only 1 in 10 children who qualify for afterschool and out-of-school time meals are receiving them. The Child and Adult Care Food Program offers a solution to this nationwide problem. Learn the basics of CACFP Afterschool and hear from a panel who are already implementing the program successfully at their sites. Discover how you can sponsor the program or work with a sponsor to serve children who are at-risk. Don’t send kids home hungry. 

Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP
Melissa Moore, CCNP, Family League of Baltimore
Dr. Walt Thompson, PhD, FACSM, FAACVPR, After-School All-Stars Atlanta at Georgia State University


Field Monitoring: Successful Home Visits 
Do you work in the field visiting CACFP child care homes? If so, you’ve probably seen it all and you know that monitoring, mentoring, and coaching matters. At times, child care providers need support with meeting program guidelines and CACFP monitors can share a wealth of information to help them successfully operate the food program. Learn how monitors can guide child care operators to compliance by using strength-based coaching methods.

Annetta Rutland, CMP, CCNP, 4C for Children 
Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP, For the Children CACFP
Gabriela Rangel, CCNP, Child and Family Resources
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff


Head Start: From the Kitchen to the Classroom 
Head Start sites have been practicing family-style meal service for years. Have you tried family-style cooking with kids? This is a practical session with action items that you can learn to do at your site. Together, attendees will make and eat healthy kid-friendly recipes, work through how to make kid recipe cards-charts, and hear from a nutritionist on healthy kid-friendly recipes.

Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, CCNP, Acelero Learning
Jami Lee, LN, CCNP, CFPM, CLC, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council
Marcia Wileczek, Novick Childcare Solutions
Sheila Tompkins-Hess, ECE Educator
Tara Evans, CMP, CCNP, Spokane Tribe of Indians


Demystifying Procurement in the CACFP
Procurement is designed to ensure your protection as a program provider. We will review federal regulations governing procurement and work through incorporating beneficial purchasing practices. Attendees will walk through executing a formal procurement contract beginning with a needs assessment, conducting a contract evaluation and even observing the preparation of creditable snacks that have been locally sourced. 

LaMonika Jones, MEd, GCPA, Bright from the Start: GA Dept of Early Care 
and Learning
Asata Reid, MS Ed, Life Chef


Menu Planning for the CACFP 
Develop meal planning techniques that can be used to serve healthy and appealing meals and snacks that meet CACFP and preschool meal pattern requirements. Learn how to accommodate food allergies, incorporate multi-cultural recipes and locally sourced foods, develop strategies for creating custom menus, and go home with menus you can use immediately or as inspiration. 

Susan Ison, CMP, Helping Hands 
Beth Thorson, MS, RDN, & Melinda Nguyen, Texas Department of Agriculture
Diana Myers, MS, RD, LD, Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning 
Karla Dumas, RDN, LDN, Forward Food, a program of The Humane Society of the United States 
Katie Costello, Providers Choice 


Motivation, Communication, and Training: Lessons from The Wizard 
Come on an Oz-mazing journey to learn, experience, and practice invigorating techniques to empower yourself and your employees. Bring your heart, brain, and courage to explore ways to influence your staff with training, motivation, and communication. While documentation, compliance, and menu appeal pave the yellow brick road, the biggest way to have more success over the CACFP rainbow is through inspiring your employees.

Amanda Tucker, CMP, CCNP, LSS Green Belt, Brighton Training Group
Carolyn Miller, CMP, CCNP, Texas Education Services Center Region 11

Pre-registration is required for any preconference training academies.

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So many amazing sessions to choose from! Star your favorite sessions and check online or in the app for scheduled times. Workshops do not require pre-registration, and you are welcome to attend any workshop you desire. Can't attend them all? No worries you will have access to our Virtual Conference all year.

NEW! Aligning Child Care Licensing with CACFP Requirements 
The state of Alabama revised its child care center licensing standards to align with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements. Learn how Alabama partners collaborated to advocate for this change and hear strategies for promoting cross-agency collaboration.

Caliste Chong, MS, Alabama Partnership for Children
Michelle Adkins, MPP, Child Care Aware of America

NEW! Presentation Pointers
Presenting is hard work! We will discuss tips to help you become a more successful trainer and the key components for developing a complete and engaging presentation.

Jennifer Basey, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association 

10 Tips for Successful Taste Tests with Young Children
We all know that if children have the opportunity to prepare and taste new foods, they are more likely to eat them. What does research tell us about how to best introduce new foods and which healthy foods to focus on? Learn the top ten tips and tricks for getting kids to love their veggies.

Erin Croom, MS, Small Bites Adventure Club
Wande Okunoren-Meadows, Little Ones Learning Center

Accommodating Participants with Disabilities in Community Meals
Get updates related to accommodating participants with disabilities participating in CACFP & SFSP, as required by Federal law, USDA regulations and the Policy Memorandum, Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program to ensure equal access and opportunity.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Preschoolers
Learn fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities to play with preschoolers (ages 3-5) in CACFP childcare homes, centers, and Head Start classrooms. These easy-to-lead physical activities use inexpensive equipment and work in small spaces. Get physical activity resources and tips for conducting trainings. View videos of these activities and try some yourself!

Diane H. Craft, PhD, Active Play Books
Shauna Best, CCNP, Very Best Consulting

Addressing Health Disparities with Cultural Food Programs
Hear about an approach to food and nutrition topics through the lens of African heritage and health. Explore strategies for overcoming cultural and structural barriers to children's nutrition in communities of color, utilizing existing resources and best practices for African Americans and immigrant populations.

Kelly Toups, RD, LDN, MLA, Oldways
Marvin Young, MPH, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program

Creative Ways to Promote Learning and a Healthy Lifestyle
Children who learn to use dollar store-priced tools and have fun working around food are more likely to try new foods. Discover creative ways to engage with young children in and around the kitchen and garden using tools and easy STEM concepts. Learn how to encourage cooking, predicting, experimenting, tinkering, observing, exploring, problem-solving, and creativity.

Angela Russ-Ayon, Russ InVision Company

Affordable, Protein-Packed Lentils, Chickpeas, Dry Peas & Beans
Pulses, which include lentils, chickpeas, dry peas, and beans are dry edible seeds of legumes. They are nutrient-dense, affordable, delicious, and easy to use. They are also packed with protein and fiber. Learn how to use and prepare pulses, and go home with resources and recipes.

Becky Garrison, RDN, American Pulse Association USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

Chat with Champions: Learn from Afterschool Meals Experts
No Kid Hungry’s first-ever cohort of Afterschool Meals Champions represent the array of organizations and professionals doing amazing work to feed hungry kids after school. Hear their best ideas and insights, gain inspiration from their experience, and discuss how to improve and expand this critical program.

Christina Alley, CCNP, Houston Food Bank
Larry Karow, CMP, CCNP, D.Min, UMC Food Ministry
Walt Thompson, PhD, After School All-Stars at Georgia State University
Christa DeBoer, Youthprise
Barbara Muse, M.Div, Bread of Life Development (BOLD) Ministries

Avoiding Costly Mistakes in the CACFP
Human errors in monitoring, eligibility, meal counting, and claims are unavoidable. The key is to recognize the mistake and to prevent them from happening. Three of the most common mistakes together with practical solutions to fix or avoid these errors will be discussed.

Jocelyn Moss, MA, CMP, CCNP, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Big Impacts in Rural Early Care and Education Settings
Do you directly or indirectly support rural ECE providers? Hear about and get access to a toolkit with over 23 effective interventions for obesity prevention in rural ECE settings. Learn about prevention practices, implementation considerations, sustainability ideas, and rural success stories.

Rebekah Duchette, RN, BSN, Nemours Children's Health System
Erin Olson, MPH, Iowa Dept of Health

Body Shakes & Brain Waves: Moving & Learning in Childhood
Understand how young children benefit from activities that lead to the development of neural connection and why offering children developmentally appropriate experiences in the first six years is so important. Go home with ideas to help children physically interact with their environment and make the most of everyday brain-building experiences.

Angela Russ-Ayon, Russ InVision Company

Boost Participation by Rethinking Your Summer Meal Service Strategy
During the school year, 22 million children eat free or reduced lunch, but in the summer, less than 4 million receive summer meals. For the last three years, Share Our Strength and the Colorado Department of Education have piloted a new engagement strategy to boost participation. Learn about their results and take a roadmap home to serve more kids in your community.

Kirsten Craft, MBA, MPP, Share Our Strength
Carrie Thielen, RD, MPH, Colorado Department of Education

CACFP Administrative Budgets
Learn tips and best practices on the preparation of an acceptable administrative budget. Topics will include the importance of strategic planning, using historical financial information to develop the budget, determining what expenses are allowable/ unallowable, identifying staffing requirements, how excess administrative funds affect the budget and updating the budget throughout the year.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

CACFP and Head Start Food Service Regulations
This training will focus on the performance standards that govern child nutrition and how they align with the CACFP program to provide good nutrition to children in Head Start. Also, learn what’s new in the HS performance standards concerning child nutrition.

Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, CCNP, Acelero Learning

CACFP Training Program & Nutrition Calendar
Where else can you find nutrition information, CACFP best practices, table crafts, physical activities, business tips, provider training modules, parent provider connection letters, child care curriculum, and record keeping all in one place? NCA's Nutrition Calendar & Training Program is perfect for providers, centers and afterschool sites. The 56-page calendar record keeping system and 5-hour training program is available in bulk for less than $4 per provider.

Jennifer Basey, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association
Sharla Olson, LN, Southeastern North Dakota Community Action

CCR&R + CACFP: A Winning Combination for Children's Nutrition
Child Care Resource and Referral networks (CCR&Rs) are uniquely positioned to support and promote CACFP participation. Learn how 3 states' CCR&Rs embed CACFP into their daily work with child care providers and parents. Explore best practices and discuss opportunities to best utilize CCR&Rs to expand the reach of CACFP.

Michelle Adkins, MPP, Child Care Aware of America

Two Hour Session
Changing Minds and Plates: Farm to Early Care and Education
Learn how to engage early learners and the people that care for them in eating healthy foods and gardening. Farm to ECE is simple once you get buy-in. Hear how it's working in Georgia and gain access to free curriculums and activity ideas.

Abbie Chaddick, MS, RD, RDN, Georgia Organics
Gina Cook, Quality Care for Children
Danielle Brown, Little Ones Learning Center

Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Child Nutrition Program Reauthorization is in the works. Learn what it means to CACFP & SFSP.

Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP
Geri Henchy, RDN, MPH, Food Research and Action Center

Child-Friendly Menu Planning Using Seasonal Foods
Learn how to plan delicious, culturally appropriate, kid-friendly menus using local, seasonal foods. Start with the decision making tree to learn your best options for local purchasing. Learn time-saving tips to prepare fresh menu items. Participate in activities to promote new food to children and support your Farm to ECE Program and check out CACFP-standardized recipes to streamline the menu planning process.

Jennifer Kozaczek, RD, LDN, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Caroline Stover, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Lynn Policastro, Wake County Smart Start

Civil Rights 101: Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements
Civil Rights training is an annual requirement for state agency staff who interact with program applicants, sponsors, program participants, potentially eligible individuals and those persons who supervise front line staff. This session will fulfill that requirement while addressing the Civil Rights training requirements as outlined in FNS Instruction 113-1, Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement – Nutrition Programs and Activities.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

CN Labels & Product Formulation Statements: Hands-on Practice
When should you request a CN Label or PFS? Is the crediting documentation for your product acceptable? Get clarity on common issues related to inaccurate or misleading product documentation. USDA will provide guidance on accepting documentation for meal pattern requirements and share sample Product Formulation Statements and CN Labels. Learn how to assess crediting documentation using sample CN Labels and Product Formulation Statements.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Community Based Approaches to Addressing Food Insecurity
North Carolina ranks second highest in the nation for food insecurity for households with children under five. Discover how North Carolina is piloting a project in 15 child care centers to address food insecurity for center families and staff and how you can model that work in your own community.

Capri McDonald, MA & Stephania Sidberry, MPH, North Carolina Partnership for Children

Connecting with Businesses to Advance Community Wellness        
Community wellness can be best advanced when different organizations collaborate, but the practice of engaging businesses in this process can seem complex. Examine the real and perceived barriers that exist when seeking to develop cross-sector partnerships and get the roadmap to make it work for you back home.

Anne Valik, MPH, Commonality

Creating A Pop-Up Summer Meals Experience
Hear how one sponsor created a pop-up program model necessary in areas where the infrastructure does not exist for brick and mortar meal locations. Learn about tips, tricks, and even things to avoid when creating an outdoor or mobile program.

Brian Wieher, CMP, CCNP, SNS & Melissa Weissler, MPH, Operation Food Search

Creditable Meals in the CACFP: Be in the Know
Get hands-on experience to successfully meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements with newly released or updated tools that can help you credit, purchase, and serve meals to program participants. Take a deep-dive into newly creditable foods in the CACFP and learn about the Crediting Handbook for the CACFP. Download the Food Buying Guide mobile app before attending the workshop.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Cuisines Across Cultures Serving Plant-Based Meals
Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and other ethnic recipes help programs appeal to diverse communities, promote healthier choices and limit food allergens, and meet the increasing demand for more plant-based meals. Learn how to elevate recipes using a variety of spices and ingredients that can turn your menus into a culinary trip across the world.

Karla Dumas, RDN & Rebecca Portman, MS, Forward Food, A Project of The Humane Society of the United States

Cultivating Cultural Awareness through Food
Americans of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are disproportionately affected by many chronic diseases, highlighting the need for more inclusive dietary messaging. Explore cultural models of healthy eating from around the world, with practical tips, insight, and recipes for diverse populations, with a special focus on Gen Z, and a cooking demonstration.

Kelly Toups, RD, LDN, MLA, Oldways
Coleen Donnelly, InHarvest

Cycle Menus: On Trend Recipes and Menu Concepts for CACFP
Cycle menus require planning and forecasting as well as recipe and menu development. Fight menu fatigue by seeing how popular foods can be versatile and support your program. See what other programs are doing and take home their recipes and ideas.

Malissa Marsden, SNS, Child Nutrition Support Services

Developing a CACFP Budget
After you attend the CACFP Administrative Budgets session, this part two session immediately following will help you with more in-depth training on developing a CACFP budget.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Empowering Kids to be Healthy and Smart from the Inside Out
The OrganWise Guys nutrition and physical activity materials bring any programming to life as kids learn how incredible they are from the inside out. This evidence-based program is available in physical items and digitally in English and Spanish. Learn how to include this fun, effective program on any budget.

Michelle Lombardo, DC, The OrganWise Guys

Engaging Parents Early and Often
Develop a family engagement system that cultivates and empowers parents to support their child’s growth and development. Get a better understanding of what parent engagement is and gain resources to replicate easy parent involvement activities at your centers.

Dale Kehr & Tayler Wheatley, MS, University of Illinois Extension

Expanding Eligibility to Subsidy Providers in the CACFP
Together with the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, the Virginia Department of Health is expanding CACFP eligibility to religious exempt centers and unlicensed/unregulated homes that are approved subsidy vendors. The Virginia CACFP Expansion Project is a tri-agency collaboration working to increase the CACFP footprint by 20%.

Conchetta Yonaitis, MEd, Virginia Department of Health

Extending CACFP Beyond the Classroom
Creating healthy eating patterns in the classroom is only one part of the equation: parents and home environments are the other. Learn about the important role parents play in the development of a child’s feeding patterns and how to increase parent awareness and engagement of CACFP best practices.

Leah Galitzdorfer, MS, RD, Food Services Group

Facilitating Compliance in Your At-Risk Afterschool Program
Learn how to use Adult Learning theory techniques to capture the attention of your program site supervisors to highlight the most frequent compliance issues during training. Take home an audit calendar to prepare for your state review, sample Performance Improvement Plans, standard compliance operating procedures, and other tools to continue to serve your sites year after year.

Melissa Moore, CCNP, & Sharon Bostwick, MS, Family League of Baltimore

Family Style Feeding: Functional and Fun
Come and share how serving family style provides more opportunities for modeling strong nutritional messages, social behaviors and common courtesy. Find sources for standardized recipes, meal plans and best practices for family style service. Share your challenges and your successes with others.

Malissa Marsden, SNS, Child Nutrition Support Services

Family Style Meal Service and Head Start Performance Regulations
Learning opportunities abound at meal times in Head Start sites. Help your staff or team understand the performance regulations for family style meal service and how they can incorporate Math, Science, Language and Literacy into their meal times.

Sheila Tompkins-Hess, ECE Professional

Farm to Child Care: Track and Celebrate Success
State agencies can support program operators that want to bring farm to child care to their programs by offering recognition for their efforts. Learn how to track and celebrate farm to child care success through a simple recognition program that is engaging for program operators and beneficial to state agencies.

Helenka Ostrum, MS, MPH, Texas Department of Agriculture

Two Hour Session
Farm to Early Care: Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood
Farm to Early Care initiatives connect young children with healthy, locally grown foods. Explore how these can help decrease children's BMI and learn how to start up a Farm to Early Care initiative or expand on one you already have. Go home with family engagement ideas and curricula to run a successful Farm to Early Care program.

Jami Lee, LN, CCNP, CFPM, CLC & Deb Cooper, CFPM, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council

Feeding Children: The Ecological Approach to Family Style Dining
With the updated meal pattern requirements, CACFP participating childcare providers report several challenges such as children not liking the taste of healthy foods, food waste, managing picky eaters and parent engagement. Hear about responsive feeding strategies as a way to encourage children to try the nutritious foods served in childcare and take home tools to increase consumption.

Dipti Dev, MS, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Jill Cox, MS, RD, Penn State Better Kid Care

Feeding Infants: What, When, and How
Infancy is a critical period when children develop taste preferences and habits that last a lifetime. What, when and how we feed babies can impact their overall development and relationship with food. We will cover CACFP meal patterns for infants, infant feeding best practices and provide healthy, inexpensive ideas for planning your infant meals.

Monica Griffin, MS, RD, LD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Diana Myers, MS, RD, LD, Bright from the Start: Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning

Feeding, Eating and Succeeding Together (FEAST)
Feeding, Eating and Succeeding Together (FEAST) is a nutrition education program that empowers adults to feed in a way that supports children as they develop eating skills. Get strategies on how to implement a positive mealtime environment, overcome common feeding struggles, and have developmentally appropriate nutrition conversations.

Lily Doher, RD & Sara Gold, MSW, United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Flawless Audits: Managing Your CACFP Sponsorship
Are you a multi-program or multi-state sponsor? You'll need strong organization, clear cost allocation, and excellence in monitoring to be prepared for your state audit. Learn how to operate so State Agencies find it a breeze to perform your Management Evaluations.

Larry Karow, CMP, CCNP, D.Min, Jolene Benedict & Jason Grant, UMCFood Ministry

Fly through Your CACFP Paperwork with CenterPilot
CenterPilot is a software program that can reduce the stress of claims processing for CACFP centers. Learn how the new meal patterns are easily met and documented when using CenterPilot and how sponsors of Head Start and affiliated sites can easily copy pre-saved menu weeks out to all sites. Afterschool and Summer Meal sites can claim without enrolling or income assessing participants.

Angela Young, MS, CenterPilot

Food & Supply Source: Money Saving GPO  
Stop overpaying. Learn how you can save money on food and supplies without any risk or costs to participate. Hear how our Group Purchasing members are typically saving10-35% and taking advantage of our free menu and nutritional reporting services.

Chris Primiano, Food & Supply Source

Food Allergies & Special Diets
Learn how to identify the top 8 sources of food allergens, recognize the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance, understand documentation requirements for CACFP claims, discover how to properly prepare an allergen safe meal, and develop menus that accommodate food allergies and special diets.

Salome Pemberton, RDN, CCNP, CDN, Food Services Group

Food Foundations for Infants and Toddlers
Learn about the importance of infant and toddler nutrition and discover best practices for creating supportive and engaging eating experiences in the early childhood classroom.

Denise Payton, MA & Erica Goldthorp, MA, ProSolutions Training

Food Insecurity Connection to Obesity and Role of the Provider
Food insecurity disrupts the foundation of a child's health. Learn how their environment plays a critical role to the adoption of healthy active living behaviors and the resulting connections to overweight and obesity. Get tools for screening and referring families to appropriate resources.

Stephanie Womack, MA, American Academy of Pediatrics - National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Two Hour Session
Food Safety Best Practices
Get the knowledge, tools, and resources to reduce foodborne illness in child care centers and to implement the core four food safety best practices in CACFP, school gardens, and taste test activities.

Diana Myers, MS, RD, LD, Nkem Ijeh, MPH, & Deidrea Thompson, MS, Bright from the Start: Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning

Food Safety in Child Care Centers
Food safety practices help keep children safe from foodborne illness and food allergens. Learn food safety best practices and get food safety resources. Provide input on the contents of a new food safety kit being developed by the Institute of Child Nutrition.

Liz Dixon, MS, Institute of Child Nutrition

Freedom to Eat: Promoting Positive Nutrition Attitudes for Life
Get information on the basics of nutrition coupled with positive nutrition attitudes and behaviors. Discuss innate eating skills and how balanced eating requires freedom to eat.

Julie Brake, MS, RDN, LD, Positive Nutrition

From Hot to Cold: How to Bring Quality Cold Meals to Your SFSP
Learn how to work with key community partners to bring high quality, cold meals to the CACFP’s Summer Food Service Program.

Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN, Marion County Public Health Department
Milele Kennedy, CMP, City of Indianapolis

Fundraising 101
As 501c3 organizations, nonprofit sponsors are always looking to increase their budget through fundraising. Discuss strategies for making a presence in your community while raising funds for your organization.

Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Getting Children to Enjoy Eating Healthy Foods
Discover ways to create meal plans with healthy foods that children will enjoy eating. Gradual substitutions, free-choice Fridays, food prep tips, and food choice ownerships will be covered together with tips on how to incorporate healthy food upgrades.

Carolyn Woodfork Richardson, MD, Doccrich.com

Two Hour Session
GIS Maps: Increasing CACFP Participation
GIS maps can be used as a tool to help inform targeted strategies toward increasing CACFP participation. Explore how multiple states have utilized GIS maps in with the goal of improving CACFP utilization and increasing partnerships around child health.

Rebekah Duchette, RN, BSN, Nemours Children's Health System
Dionne Dobbins, PhD, Child Care Aware® of America

Go Paperless: Bringing CACFP Sponsorships into the Digital Age
Paper records use valuable space, paper, ink and time to sort through. Learn how simple it can be to take your program into the digital age. Get a step-by-step plan to follow if you would like to become more tech savvy and efficient with your resources. Wildwood has recently completed several audits using our digital files and the auditors loved it! Successful implementation requires a scanner and possible file storage hosting services.

Maureen Lyons & Savannah Thornburg, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP

Grant Writing 101
New to grant writing? Learn how to read and respond to a Request for Proposal when applying for a grant. Get tips on how to write a statement of need, outline measurable objectives and evaluation measures, put together budget justifications.

Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Growing CACFP Provider Participation
Many CACFP sponsors across the country are struggling to sustain provider CACFP participation. Learn strategies that can increase retention and recruitment of new providers using many tools that are accessible for sponsors of any budget level.

Levell R. Baker, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Growing Your Food Program
Learn how to make the most of your food program participation with ideas that will be easy to implement, help expand your resources, and make your life a whole lot easier. Walk away knowing how to create a budget-friendly, kid-friendly menu as well as where to get resources to partner with the community.

Nelzarie Wynn, CMP, CCNP & Michele Peres, Vision Educational Center

Health-e Pro: Making Ingredient and Recipe Management Easy
Health-e Pro is simple, intuitive software offering nutrient analysis and menu planning, including one-click publishing to interactive menus. Color-coded menus make meal planning easy while maintaining compliance. With over 5,000 pre-loaded products and recipes, it’s everything you need to make your standardized recipes fully compliant. Easily plan compliant menus for CACFP, SBP, NSLP, SSFP and Smart Snack standards.

Linsey LaPlant, MS, RDN, Health-e Pro

HealthyCACFP: Nutrition Education and Corrective Action Tool
Hear about the results of North Carolina child care centers use of HealthyCACFP.org, a tailored nutrition education and meal planning system. Eight behavior change modules focus on the new meal pattern and an interactive planning tool allows for scheduling meals, with recipes, based on approved foods.

Robert J. Bensley, PhD, MCHES & Jason Rivas, MPA, Western Michigan University

Healthy Eating from Head to Toe
Discover foods that benefit and impact different parts of the human body with new ways and ideas to serve these foods in Child Nutrition Programs. Review and discuss CACFP nutrition program updates including tools to calculate ounce equivalents. Leave with resources to train this workshop to program participants.

Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LD, CCNP, Providers Choice

Healthy Eating Habits Take Root Early
Farm to early child care can help foster children’s learning and exposure to new foods. Teaching children about healthy foods can increase the curiosity of young minds, and their willingness to try new foods. Learn how to use resources to employ simple nutrition education activities and get children excited about new foods.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Help MyPlate Reach Birth to Age Two Audience
Share your knowledge and experience in communicating with parents of infants and children up to two years old. Tell us about your need for specific resources to better provide nutrition to infants and toddlers and offer insights on how you hear about and learn about feeding our youngest consumers!

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Staff & HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health and Promotion Staff

Identifying Whole Grain-Rich
Serving whole grain-rich (WGR) grains is an important element of the new meal pattern. Learn how to identify which products meet the whole grain-rich regulations. Trainers can use this workshop to support CACFP participants.

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Improved Menu Documentation with Effective Technical Assistance
Want to increase menu compliance on a large-scale? Get the blueprint! The North Carolina State Agency developed menu assessment tools to operationalize statewide, institution-specific technical assistance for CACFP Operators. Learn about strategies and tools to streamline menu evaluation. Gain insight proven to improve meal documentation and reimbursement potential.

Julie Sundermann, MPH, RDN, LDN, North Carolina Division of Public Health, Special Nutrition Programs Unit, CACFP
Jennifer Kozaczek, RD, LDN, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Two Hour Session
In-Service Training for Head Start Staff       
Learn how to make your Head Start in-service training more interactive. Building on math, science, language and literacy as part of family style meal service routines, discover how to help the teachers in your program make the most of their teachable moments. Take home training materials and make and take learning activities your teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans.

Sheila Tompkins-Hess, ECE Professional

Incorporating Grains and Dairy into CACFP Meal Patterns
Are you or your providers tired of serving the same old recipes? Are you looking for new ways to delight your children? Join us to learn new ideas, strategies, tips and tricks for pairing menu items and creating recipes that are sure to be fun and kid pleasing.

Illeme Amegatcher, PhD, General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Monica Coulter, MS, General Mills

Increasing Afterschool Meals Participation
Learn unique strategies to market and promote your CACFP afterschool program within the community. By partnering with community partners and parents, sponsors will develop methods to increase participation in afterschool, gain parental support and provide more nutritious meals in the community.

Kendra Burton, CCNP, Newark Board of Education

Infant & Toddler Movement Fun
Learn fun, developmentally appropriate physical activities to play with infants and toddlers in CACFP childcare homes and centers and Early Head Start classrooms. Consider the many benefits of physical activity and how these activities help meet recommended best practices. View demonstrations and videos of these activities and try some yourself.

Diane H. Craft, PhD, Active Play Books
Shauna Best, CCNP, Very Best Consulting

Innovative Solutions to Meet Nutrition Standards   
From the business sector to public health, there are innovative ways in which programs can comply with CACFP guidelines in order to maximize time and effectiveness. Hear how to form partnerships to help relieve barriers to food access and learn about options for procurement.

Jonathan Wallace & Abby Reich, MPH, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Integrating Program Requirements with Summer Food Applications
Hear how Florida takes advantage of their online application process with several enhancements and supplemental tools to ensure all SFSP requirements are met. The system is designed to simplify the application process, better manage site information and limit manual processes.

Rachel Mohler, MS, RD, LDN, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service

Intentional Mealtimes
Mealtimes provide an opportunity for children to progress across all developmental domains. Review responsive feeding practices, identify critical feeding milestones, and learn how to integrate feeding with other domains of child development. Get tips for classroom implementation and for promoting healthy feeding practices with families.

Monica Griffin, MS, RDN, LDN, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Introducing Healthy Food Choices with Fun, Interactive Learning
Eating patterns that are adopted during childhood affect health across a lifespan. Learn new ways to introduce healthy and nutritious food choices to children participating in CACFP through fun and interactive learning activities.

Shelby Beverly, CCNP, MSA, Deborah Wilson, CMP, and Amanda Dyes, CCNP, Georgia Nutritional Services

Investigating Fraud, Waste & Abuse in Federally Funded Programs
Gain insight on investigating allegations of non-compliance in the CACFP and SFSP. Learn how to identify red flags during a monitoring review and take home interview techniques, sampling methodologies, and best practices which have been instrumental in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.

Monica Miles, CPA, CFE & Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC

Making a Muffin Tin Recipe Box
Are you or your family home child care providers having trouble serving mixed foods and not serving the right quantities? We'll teach you how to use our muffin tin hack and you'll work in groups to develop a new recipe to share with fellow attendees. Together, we'll review your ingredients to ensure you're ready to make a muffin tin recipe box back home.

Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP, For the Children

Math, Science, Language, and Literacy During Mealtime
Learn about and develop activities to implement during mealtimes as a way to incorporate healthy eating into your curriculum.

Theresa Patterson, MA, Alabama State Department of Education

Maximize Your Sponsorship Potential: Summer & Afterschool Meals
Learn to avoid the abrupt start and stop of the Summer Meals and At-Risk Afterschool program periods by facilitating both programs consecutively and creating a year round program offering. A bit of strategic planning can create a seamless transition that allows for maximum efficiency and sustainability for sponsor organizations.

Brian Wieher, CMP, CCNP, SNS & Melissa Weissler, MPH Operation Food Search

Mealtimes with Toddlers: CACFP Halftime Live
The toddler years are an important time for healthy transitions. Come explore the CACFP meal pattern for 1-2 year olds, including hot topics such as types of milk to serve, introducing new foods, developing self-feeding skills, communicating with parents, and more.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Children
Your job is to offer nutritious meals and snacks as your menu meets CACFP requirements. But, is it meeting children’s nutritional needs? Dive into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to learn children’s macro and micro-nutrients needs, their sources, and examine the nutrition facts label.

Helen Woo, MS, RDN, LDN, Jefferson Community Action Programs Head Start

Menu Planning with Nutritious and Shelf Stable Tomato Products
Looking for ideas to help you integrate creditable vegetables in the new CACFP Meal Pattern? Learn about nutritious, shelf stable tomato products and easy and popular menu solutions, featuring complete reimbursable meal ideas plus DIY Grab-N-Go Meal Kits.

Jodi Batten, SNS, Red Gold

Methods to Becoming a Great Leader
Do you have what is takes to lead? Is your team producing great results? Every great team starts with a great leader. Learn effective strategies on what it takes to lead and have a great successful team while exploring various leadership skills and leadership styles.

Kendra Burton, CCNP, Newark Board of Education

Nourishing the Whole Child through the SFSP
Each child, in each community, deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged for long-term success in college, career, and life. Learn how embracing the Whole Child model can lead to increased engagement, communication and meal quality at Summer Food Service Program sites.
Lynn Cavett, MEd, & Sara Harmon, MPH, RDN, Michigan Department of Education

Nutrition and the Brain
Learn about the vital role of nutrition and brain development. Understand specific nutrients essential for brain development and approaches to ensure adequate intake. Examine how hunger impacts physical growth and academic performance as well as the importance of embedding evidenced-based nutrition education as a strategy to improve nutritional status.

Ashley Roth, MS, RDN & Kristin Mize, Common Threads

Obesity and Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the US and children with special needs are at greater risk for obesity. Hear about the unique health issues, current research, and barriers of sensory processing and feeding skills.

Chandi Edmonds, PT, DPT, PCS, Alpha Kids Shine

Two Hour Session
Ounce Equivalents for Grains: No Weigh!
Team Nutrition has several resources and tools to help CACFP operators transition to grains ounce equivalents—no food scales required! Receive hands-on training and leave with a menu of options for successful implementation. Download the Food Buying Guide mobile app before attending this workshop.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Paperless Program Management
Site management is critical to running a successful CACFP or SFSP program. But getting meal accurate, timely meal service forms back from sites is a challenge. Learn how sponsors are leveraging Line2Feed technology to streamline their processes, automate compliance, increase reimbursements and go completely paperless at point of service!

Emily Branton, MBA & Naomi Czerwinskyj, MA, Link2Feed

Two Hour Session
Parent Engagement in Farm to Early Care and Education Programs
Get an overview of best practices and current research in farm to early care and education and hear from a sponsor actively implementing those to help centers engage parents. Learn practical, parent-approved strategies for engaging parents and take home resources you can use today.

Alyssa Lowe, MPH, Georgia Health Policy Center
Reynaldo Green, Gina Cook, Shannon Holbrook & Quality Care for Children

Planting a Garden, Planting Children
Gardening with children helps improve their eating habits. Learn about the positive developmental skills they learn in the process and how to set one up. Engaging children in gardening could possibly create lifestyle changes in families.

Cheryl Moss, A Mother's Touch Center for Child Development
Michelle Smith, MSW, LSW, Capital Area Head Start

Powerful Partnerships to Promote Healthier Generations
Explore how partnering with nonprofit organizations can provide unique professional learning opportunities for staff while simultaneously increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. Hear about farm to school initiatives, sample tasty snacks, and leave with tools for implementation at your program.

Rebecca Portman, MS, Forward Food, A Program of The Humane Society of the United States
Gina Cook, Quality Care for Children

Prep to Plate for Centers: CACFP Portion Sizes
CACFP portioning can be confusing on paper and in practice, many more questions come up. See correct portion sizes illustrated and get answers to common real-world portioning and service questions. Get tips for the kitchen and find out what tools help compliance and reduce food waste.

Caitlin Boland, RD, LDN, CMP, CCNP & Marcia Wileczek, CMP, CCNP, Novick Brothers

Preparing Plant-Based Proteins
The demand for more plant-based meals and special diets in your program continues to grow each year. Investigate these diets and identify ingredients that can be used to meet this need and remain within budget while offering allergen-friendly options. Look at a variety of plant-based proteins like beans, tofu, and tempeh and discuss how to use each best in recipes.

Karla Dumas, RDN, & Rebecca Portman, MS, Forward Food, A Program of The Humane Society of the United States

Preventing Obesity in Early Care and Education
Learn best practices for obesity prevention in early care and education settings (ECE) and how CACFP sponsors and other stakeholders can embed healthy nutrition and physical activity into their programs through partnerships and collaboration across the ECE system. Take home key resources on obesity prevention.

Nora Geary, MPH, MSW, McKing Consulting
Carrie Dooyema, RN, MSN, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Procurement in the CACFP
Get an overview of federal procurement regulations and practical tools on how to execute successful procurement measures.

LaMonika Jones, M.Ed, GCPA, Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning

Program Integrity: Transitioning from Paper to Digital Records     
Change is challenging, but can be so rewarding! Learn how sponsors have transitioned to using a mobile application for their sites to produce daily digital records for streamlining production, reducing waste, analyzing trends, and monitoring their programs from a single sponsor level website hosted in the cloud.

Matthew Essner, SNS, Colyar Technology Solutions
Brian Wieher, CMP, CCNP, SNS, Operation Food Search

Resources for CACFP Professionals
Are you searching for free tools on meal pattern, menu planning, food preparation, or more? The Institute of Child Nutrition has you covered! Learn about our resources for CACFP professionals in child care settings, how to download or request materials, and take home one of our publications.

Lutina Cochran, Institute of Child Nutrition

Responsive Feeding: Using Mealtimes to Support Development
Learn more about what responsive feeding is and how it benefits both the child and the family. Go home with strategies on how to implement it in the food program and consider ways to help families incorporate responsive feeding into their daily routines.

Stephanie Womack, MA, American Academy of Pediatrics - National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Roadmap to Understanding and Impacting CACFP Policy
CACFP policy occurs at multiple levels (federal, state, local, and organizational). Learn about how the policy process works, current CACFP policy, the levels that different types of policy decisions related to CACFP are made, and ways to effectively making your voice heard.

Jessica Soldavini, RD, LDN, MPH & Tamara Cox Baker, No Kid Hungry NC

Schools as Afterschool Meals Sponsors, Sites, and Vendors
Set up schools for afterschool meals success with the knowledge and experience of a school nutrition director and a nonprofit sponsor. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from finding the right models for partnership and implementation to communication with school and district officials to logistics and staffing.

Carolyn Wait, RD, MPH, Share Our Strength
Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, SNS, FAND, Burke County Board of Education
Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, Child Nutrition Program

Seamless Summer Option: Stories of Success
Hear from a panel of Turnip the Beet Award Winning School Districts on how the local program impacted children and how their operations lead them to the national recognition. Take away inspiration for feeding kids year-round.

Donna Carver, SNS, Floyd County Schools
Danielle Scott-Freeman, Douglas County School Nutrition
Andrea McSmith, MBA & Ruth Taylor, MS, RD, LD, Fulton County Schools

Serious Deficiency Process
Are you in a quandary about the SD process? Get an overview of the serious deficiency process, hear about the most common errors in responding to serious deficiencies, and better understand the elements of the appeals process and role of the hearing official.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Serving Cold Lunches
Cold lunches can be fun and sometimes are a necessity if you're planning a picnic or field trip. In addition to meal pattern requirements, prep time, cost, and overall appearance matter when menu planning cold lunches. Bring your favorite cold lunch menu and we'll work together to determine if it's cost effective and desirable for children.

Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP, For The Children

Sesame Street in Communities: Let’s Get Cooking!
Learn how to support child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes with our free resources specifically designed to promote healthy eating.

Antonio Freitas, Sesame Workshop

Sesame Street in Communities: Supporting Our Most Vulnerable Children
Beyond our health curriculum, Sesame Street in Communities addresses some of the most adverse experiences affecting our most vulnerable families and children – from trauma to homelessness and foster care to substance abuse. Explore why these resources are being created and their significance in the work you do.

Antonio Freitas, Sesame Workshop

Purchasing Local Foods

Get examples of how to effectively partner with vendors and suppliers and go home with answers to your most challenging questions about how to procure local food for CACFP.

LaMonika Jones, M.Ed, GCPA, Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning
Kimberly Della Donna, Georgia Organics
Torey Repetski, MPH, Atlanta Community Food Bank
Lianni Maldonado, MS, RDN, LDN, Burke County Schools
Abby Tennenbaum, The Common Market
Gary Mathews, Gourmet Express
Fredando Jackson, Flint River Fresh

Soyfoods: Health Benefits & Versatility
Do you know that soy products meet CACFP requirements for meat|meat alternate, vegetables, and milk? The versatility of soy makes it an invaluable option for food providers. Learn about the unique health benefits of soy and easy tips to make soy a tasty (and affordable) part of children’s diets.

Linda Funk, The Soyfoods Council

Special Diets and Civil Rights Compliance in the CACFP
What is required for a child with a food allergy or special diet need? Learn how to best support the needs of the child while balancing program regulations. Review real-world examples with solutions and lists of creditable foods, tools and resources while maintaining compliance with civil rights.

Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LD, Providers Choice

Sponsoring Summer Food: Keys to Financial Management
You’re already working the food program and are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear about best practices to ensure proper internal controls for successful financial management and mitigate high risk program areas.

Monica Miles, CPA, CFE & Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC

Sponsors Navigating Success in Summer and Afterschool Meals
Hear results from recent surveys completed by summer and afterschool meals program sponsors in North Carolina detailing perspectives on program areas such as marketing, enrichment activities, partnerships, challenges and areas of success. Learn about the intersection of the two programs, what works, and common barriers to participation.

Tamara Baker & Jessica Soldavini, RD, LDN, MPH, No Kid Hungry NC

Standardized Recipes and You
Learn how to create standardized recipes and why it's important you use them. Review and take home a flow chart which helps create a standard operating practice for recipe development. Learn how to better use foods you have on your shelves to create new recipes and how to look for recipe concepts online.

Malissa Marsden, SNS, Child Nutrition Support Services

Two Hour Session
Start Strong: Cooking Feeding and More
Child care providers may lack the cooking skills and time needed to prepare healthy foods. In this train the trainer, learn how to teach the Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding and More curriculum. Topics include: knife skills, adding flavor without salt, cooking with beans, menu planning and more.

Mary Schroeder, RDN, LD, MPH & Kelly Kunkel, MS, MCHES, University of Minnesota Extension

Steps to Success Sponsoring Centers
If you’re a new sponsor of centers or are thinking of starting the center journey, come learn the steps you'll need to successfully start your centers and get them on their way to claiming. From initial contact, to establishing procedures, to training and to maintaining success on the program.

Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP & Arlene Ross, CCNP, Food For Kids

Straw Bales: A New Way to Garden
Learn how to start a straw bale garden from beginning to end and you'll be planting and growing with the children in your care this spring. No space? Bad soil? No problem.

Pamela Heisler, CCNP & Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP, Food For Kids

Successful Strategies in Creating & Implementing Wellness Policies
Healthy Way to Grow is an evidence-based program that has helped hundreds of providers create and implement wellness policies. Hear about Rhode Island's experience, learn what it is, how you (and the providers or children you serve) can benefit from participation, and where to find new tools and resources.

Jennifer Weber, RD, MPH, American Heart Association
Heidi Hetzler, MS, RDN, University of Rhode Island

Summer in South Carolina: A Mobile Meal Program

Pop Up Picnics serves a rural island community thousands of meals each summer from SFSP lunches and fresh produce to shelf stable pantry boxes. Learn how to identify mobile sites, market your program, engage children and their families, and host a Spike event!

Kara Moore & Christina Auth, Lowcountry Food Bank

Summer Meals Marketing for Reaching Today’s Youth
Summer can be a time of fun in the sun, but many children face hunger while school is not in session. Learn more about creative marketing strategies to engage youth through social media, student leaders, elected officials and community partners.

Helenka Ostrum, MS, MPH, Texas Department of Agriculture

Summer Meals: Leveraging Mobile Solutions in Rural Communities
Join No Kid Hungry and program providers from rural Maryland and Georgia to learn about the unique nature of reaching kids in rural areas for summer food service. Hear directly from sponsors who find success with mobile meals, including details on securing vehicles and equipment, managing costs, menu planning, and more.

Kara Panowitz, MSW, Maryland No Kid Hungry
Emily Pia, Share Our Strength
Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, SNS, FAND, Burke County Board of Education
Scott Germain, Garrett County Public Schools

Summer Resource Map: A Tool to Target Gaps in Meal Service
The Summer Resource Map is a digital tool that uses Geographic Information Systems technology to illustrate gaps in service and foster improved access to summer meals for children in Florida through the Summer BreakSpot Program. Features of the map will be brought to life through a live demonstration.

Rachel Mohler, MS, RD, LDN, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Taming the Inefficiency Monster
Learn how to improve and maximize policies, procedures, and training to counteract the most common findings and inefficiencies in your programs. Get step-by-step guidance on finding opportunities for improvement together with inspirational ideas on how to strengthen your business flow and keep the inefficiency monster at bay.

Amanda Tucker, CMP, CCNP, LSS, CHES, Brighton Training Group
Carolyn Miller, CMP, CCNP, ESC Region 11

Technology that Doesn't Break the Bank
Hear how UMCFood developed technology for use to serve over 300 sites in 2 states and earned outstanding Management Reviews for both CACFP and SFSP. We'll share how to identify the need, how to get it solved, how to write a road map, work with a programmer, and what it cost us. We'll also share what went right and wrong along the way to help you take on the same type of project.

Larry Karow, CMP, CCNP, D.Min & Jolene Benedict, UMCFood Ministry

The Power of Partnerships for Best Practices and Resources
Created by the State Legislature, the Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council brought together representatives from 13 state agencies, childcare providers and community groups to make recommendations for improving the health of Texans under the age of six. Learn key take-aways and identify public sector resources that can be used at the state and local levels.

Beth K. Thorson, MS, RDN, Texas Department of Agriculture

The Role of Nutrition Education in the Classroom
Children spend most of their time in school, and it is where the foundation for healthy habits are laid. Learn ways to incorporate nutrition in the classroom through engaging activities, discussions, and role modeling. Get resources for easy-to-use lesson plans that teach nutrition to children.

Salome Pemberton, RDN, CCNP, CDN, Food Services Group

USDA National Breastfeeding Campaign for Millennial WIC Moms
Get an overview of USDA’s campaign, which supports breastfeeding moms with comprehensive, current and culturally appropriate messaging, materials, and website. Campaign goals are to encourage initiation and continuation of breastfeeding; increase knowledge and ability to breastfeed; increase referrals to WIC; and provide technical assistance in the promotion of breastfeeding.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Using CACFP to Support Farm to Early Care and Education Models
Hear how the states of Georgia and Wisconsin use the CACFP to support Farm to Early Care and Education. Each state will share their statewide data collection results and how the data will be used to support the implementation of Farm to Early Care and Education models. Opportunities and barriers will be shared together with resources for training.

Dadit Hidayat, MS, PhD & Daithi Wolfe, Kids Forward
Kelcie Silvio, LMSW, MPH, Voices for Georgia’s Children
Lorenzo Almada, PhD, Georgia State University

Why Nutrition Matters in Head Start
Head Start has been around for over fifty years. Its unique design offers comprehensive education as well as health and nutrition services to low-income children. Learn why nutrition matters in Head Start and how you can meet the nutritional needs of our country’s most vulnerable children.

Shauna Payne, Tallatoona CAP

Writing Recipes Right
Standardized recipes are a requirement in any federal meal program. What exactly does a standardized recipe involve? Why are they so important? With fun, hands-on activities, review the important components of a standardized recipe and learn how to ensure your recipes are written for accuracy, scalability, and clarity.

Linsey LaPlant, MS, RDN, Health-e Pro 

Aligning Child Care Licensing with CACFP Requirements


Throughout the conference, join these small group conversations to share stories, learn from each other, and connect with professionals who are facing the same challenges and opportunities you encounter. They're unscripted, dynamic, and real, focusing on subjects we face everyday. 

Adult Meals Boosts Participation
Learn about a pilot to increase summer and afterschool meal participation by serving adult meals and discuss what it could look like in your community.

Kirsten Craft, MBA, Share Our Strength

Big City Impact on Kids' Menus
Move over brown rice and hello freekeh and tri-color quinoa. Variety is good, but kids still need to eat all of their brown rice, veggies and good proteins. We'll talk about how to balance trends and still be healthy and compliant.

Kent K. Williamson, Children's Aid New York City

Compliance Matters
Holding SFSP sites accountable for compliance is important. Let’s talk about how to make that happen.

Heather R. Guzman, San Antonio Food Bank

Effective Advocacy Campaigns
Need to know how to develop and implement effective policy work? We'll share a real world example of using the SFSP for disaster relief efforts following a hurricane and give you pointers.

Ellen Reynolds, JD, Georgia Child Care Association

Every Voice Matters
How does your organization ensure that populations and voices are represented in various funding opportunities and/or collaborations? Let's talk strategies.

Wande Okunoren-Meadows, Little Ones Learning Center

Expanding Afterschool Meals
What’s working to increase sites and participation in afterschool meals? We'll share emerging trends and then turn the floor over to you.

Carolyn Wait, RD, MPH, Share Our Strength

Farm to Table for Providers
Let's discuss the challenges of being a family child care provider trying to implement farm to table and how it can benefit our programs.

Sharon Jackson, Array Of Light Home Care

Farm to Table Formula
Hear how we have turned over 2,000 pounds of fresh food into a CACFP meal pattern that everyone eats. We'll share our formula and talk shop about preparing quality farm fresh foods.

Tonya Nichols, CMP, Central Iowa Shelter and Services

Feeding Infants Guide Explored
We'll talk about how to use this USDA guide to make the most impact for infants.

Anjelica Terry, MS, Region 4 Education Service Center

Feeding Parents Summer Meals
Create a family meal atmosphere by funding free meals for adults who accompany children to summer meals. We'll tell you how we doubled the number of children we were able to reach and how to find grants to make it happen for you.

Angelika Koch, Derby Public Schools

Financial Backups for Fiscal Audits
Are your backup expense files organized and ready to go? Let's share methods that make audits and reviews successful.

Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP, Food for Kids

FL State Agency Meal Builder Tool
Learn about the state of Florida's Meal Builder Tool and how reviewers are able to determine if the amount of food purchased actually supports the number of meals claimed.
Paul Lowery, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness

Food Bank Community Distribution
Want to talk about food bank distribution of meals from a central kitchen to CACFP after school programs? Let's also talk about unique food bank programs and opportunities.

Regina Jackson-Johnson, Three Square Food Bank

Food Allergies in Head Start
How can we better serve children with food allergies and restrictions from a central kitchen & program operations lens? 

Rebecca Rodriguez, Lorain County Community Action Agency

Fun & Educational Snack Time
How do you incorporate science, reading, and math as children prepare their own snacks? Let's share recipes and ideas that are developmentally appropriate for many age groups.

Michelle Markham, Cowboy Junction

Getting Kids to Summer Open Sites
It's all about outreach to families and kids. Come share your favorite tool or strategy for program marketing and outreach efforts for summer meals.

Derrick Lambert, MA, Share Our Strength

Healthy Eating for Families
Looking for ideas to help promote health and nutrition to the families you serve? We'll share tips for promoting healthy eating through meal planning.

Dr. Raynice Jean-Sigur, MS, PhD, Kennesaw State University

Local Food for Little Eaters
Let’s talk about purchasing local food! We'll discuss the how, what, and why of purchasing local produce and other items.

LaMonika Jones, GCPA, GA Dept of Early Care and Learning

Meal Quality vs Low Bids
The meals we serve are often the only or last meals afforded to the youth we serve so we have to be able to choose the best quality over the lowest bid. Let's talk about how we can make that happen.
Marquette King-Connor, MA, Better Family Life

Mobilizing Forces for Better Meals
There are many opportunities to engage community members and benefit from their expertise. Discuss how to tap into local resources to improve the quality of meals served.

Kimberly Carter, RDN, LD, Central Texas Food Bank

Navigating Summer Mobile Meals
Navigating Mobile Meals during the summer can be tricky, but open sites can be a reliable and safe place for kids to play and eat nutritious foods. We'll connect, share ideas, and help each other increase participation.

John Brown, YMCA of Western North Carolina

Parent Engagement
How do we get parents engaged with the food program? Let's talk about nutritious meals training and food purchasing strategies for parents.

Robert Fillmore, Inter Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start and Early Head Start

Promoting Lifelong Eating Habits
How can we promote balanced eating habits for both children and adults? Let's talk about the basics of nutrition and lifelong habits for health and wellness.

Julie Brake, MS, RDN, LD, Positive Nutrition

Summer Food Meals & Mobile Sites
Let's talk about the differences between a home site and a mobile site as well as how to choose which locations best benefit the community.

Valarie Hodges, Harrisburg Community Unit School District #3

Summer Food Service in Hospitals
Hear about the pathway and challenges with implementing a summer food program in a hospital setting.

Chelsea Hawk, MBA, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Summer Meals in Rural Areas
We'll share how we selected locations for SFSP delivery that were innovative, convenient, and accessible for families. You share your successes and challenges.

Scott Germain, Garrett County Public Schools

Supporting Breastfeeding Families

Wonder how to improve the lactation landscape? Let's talk about how to guide ECE professionals in helping families meet their infant and young child feeding goals.

Daina Huntley, MPH, CHES, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Time to Go to Bid? No Problem
Let's talk about the most important point to consider when going out to bid for a food vendor for afterschool meals or groceries at your centers or schools.

Kendra Burton, CCNP, Newark Public Schools

Unique and Out-of-the-Box ARAS
At-Risk After School looks different in every community. Come and share what you have done that is unique and has enabled your program to reach kids in need.

Lynn M Cavett, M.Ed, State of Michigan



We invite you to share your story, expertise, experience and passion with the attendees of the 2020 National Child Nutrition Conference in Atlanta, GA April 14 - 16, 2020. 


Please note: Although the initial deadline has passed, we will continue to accept proposals for workshops and shop talk sessions, however, response time will be longer and they may need to be placed on a waiting list depending on topic need.

Workshop topics include nutrition, program admin and operations, financial management, Head Start, summer food, afterschool meals, train the trainer and more.

  • One hour or two hours and fifteen minutes
  • Multiple presenters allowed
  • PowerPoint presentation and handouts recommended

A Shop Talk is a small group that have gather to discuss a specific idea to transfer information, experiences, and knowledge. Presenters facilitate the discussion by engaging a small room of attendees.

  • Thirty minutes
  • One facilitator per session
  • No slides or script required


Register Online

Mail-In Registration Form




Download a cost worksheet and letter to your supervisor outlining the invaluable benefits of attendance.

Registration Rates & Deadlines

National Child Nutrition Conference Attendee


Preconference Training Academy (per session)

NCA Agency
Member Rate*

Non Member


NCA Agency
Member Rate*

Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 5)



   $75  $125

EARLY (until February 5)



   $100  $150

STANDARD (until March 5) 



   $125  $175

LATE (until April 5) 



   $150 $200

ONSITE (after April 5)

$575 $675    $175  $225

Learning Excursions 

$25   RESERVE YOUR SPOT EARLY (Limited Space, Includes Travel

* Conference discounts are available to CACFP Sponsor & Agency NCA member organizations and apply to all attending staff. 

There are NO REFUNDS for cancellation. However, agencies may transfer registration to another individual within their organization.

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 1st. If payments are not received by April 1st, 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.



Tuesday, April 14th, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm


If you’re new, experienced or an expert in your role, learning opportunities are always limitless. During our Tuesday afternoon learning institutes, gather with others in the same experience stage and challenge your potential. Unsure which you should attend? Find your people based on the institute descriptions.

Have you been working with the CACFP in homes or centers for the past year? Go to CACFP 101. Do you work in an Afterschool Meals program as a director or leader with management responsibilities? Go to Afterschool 401. Are you just hearing about the Summer Food Service Program and wondering how it works? Attend Summer 100.


100-02.pngDon’t know what CACFP or SFSP even mean? Learn the basics of how these food programs provide healthy food access for children in child care, afterschool, out-of-school time, and during summer.


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102-02-02.pngYou're new-ish to food programs, working in it daily, and you’ve got the big picture. Review the meal patterns, discuss basic program administration, and get a requirements refresher.


You're the CEO, president, director or leader and want to connect on food program issues beyond operations such as staffing, marketing and recruitment. Discover innovative ways to strengthen and advocate for the program.


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501-02.pngSuccession planning is on your mind. You’ve been managing operations for over 20 years and are looking to find a way to share your institutional knowledge with colleagues new to your organization.


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Travel from the Hyatt with other attendees on Monday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm or Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm to experience child nutrition programs in action. Pre-registration required. Seats are limited.


Supper on Site at Atlanta Public Schools
Get a taste of the enrichment and meals Atlanta is serving their kids! The Supper on Site Program is an effort by the Expanded Day/Special Projects and Nutrition Departments to provide necessary afterschool meal service giving children a safe place to go after school and receive nutrition and energy. After-School All-Stars is an empowering and dynamic national program locally operated by Georgia State University through a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools. Come see what’s cooking in middle school with our future leaders.


Monday & Friday
Fighting Food Insecurity at Atlanta Community Food Bank
Tour the brand-new Atlanta Community Food Bank and learn about their scope of programs partnering with 600 community-based organizations who work to respond to food insecurity in the area. Participate in an interactive simulation highlighting the barriers to access of nutritious food. Explore the impact food insecurity has on community health and learn how to address these issues through partnerships.


Monday & Friday
Grow and Taste at Little Ones Learning Center
Experience the successes and challenges of an early childhood program serving infants through school aged kids on the CACFP who focus on sourcing locally and growing organically. Participate in a taste test with the students, tour the center, and visit the garden while learning from expert facilitators who engage the children in nutrition education.


Head Start with Georgia State Collaborators
All aboard for a Head Start learning journey! Being part of a smaller professional learning community is a great way to end your national conference experience. Visit the Easter Seals of North GA Head Start & the Early Head Start grantee in southwest Atlanta. Learn about health and nutrition initiatives from Georgia’s HS/EHS leadership network and discuss Head Start requirements and practices. Leave Atlanta with new ideas for your toolbox back home.




Monday, April 13th, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

USDA & State Agency Training 
Join together with State Agency staff and the USDA for this roundtable session. Come with questions from your state sponsors and providers for the USDA and leave with answers and insight into the present and future of the child nutrition programs.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff


Monday, April 13th, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview
Interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Join NCA board members to hear why the program was started, what the qualifications are, and next steps to getting the certification complete.


Monday, April 13th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference 101: What's New & How to Navigate the Week
Learn more about what to expect, how to navigate the schedule, and where you need to be to get the most out of the 2020 national training. 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. Get prepared to take home credit hours, handouts from presenters, conference swag, new contacts from the USDA, state agencies, sponsoring organizations and providers, and exhibitor samples.



Tuesday, April 14th, 8:00 am - 9:00 am


CACFP Creditable
Need help identifying whole grain-rich? Looking for ways to help menu planners choose the right milk, yogurt, and cereals to meet the CACFP meal pattern requirement? At NCA we’re helping sponsors help their providers, center staff, and afterschool teams with tools, resources, and worksheets. Come take a look at the many resources we already have available free-of-charge to download for immediate use and go home with a tool-kit of meal pattern materials and nutrition education flyers you can share.

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association



Tuesday, April 14th, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview
Interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Join NCA board members to hear why the program was started, what the qualifications are, and next steps to getting the certification complete.


Tuesday, April 14th, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

First Timers' Orientation
We’re so glad you’re joining us for the first time. Let us show you around! Hear about the featured programming, navigating workshops, and connection opportunities from the conference planners in person. We’ll help you get your schedule mapped out and your possibilities planned. Can't make it? The conference program book and app are both comprehensive and super helpful.



Tuesday, April 14th, 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm


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Not sure what your state’s additional CACFP state requirements are versus federal regulations? Get an overview, talk with others from your state, and understand the difference between the CACFP as a federal program and how those additional requirements may impact your program operations. Share your solutions for meeting state agency and federal requirements and hear how others address them as well.


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Summer Food Service Program operators help bridge the hunger gap for kids who may not otherwise have access to foods when school is not in session. Hear from other attendees on what’s working, what’s making the most impact, and how to increase meal service.



Wednesday, April 15th, 8:00 am - 9:15 am

What you do matters! When we all come together in one room with one focus you can be sure you’ll leave knowing that your role is as important as any other in ensuring that all children have access to healthy foods. This session is strategically planned with speakers who will motivate us and remind us why we work to support our nation’s most vulnerable populations.




Wednesday, April 15th, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting 
Members of the National CACFP Sponsors Association are invited to attend our annual meeting to learn about where the organization is today, hear from candidates for the NCA Board of Directors, and find out what we have planned for the future. Our mission is to provide you with education resources, training opportunities, and guidance on federal program policies.


Thursday, April 16th, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

CMP/CCNP Professionals' Celebration
We celebrate and commend those who have obtained the highest level of CACFP professional acknowledgment by earning their certification as a Management Professional and/or Child Nutrition Professional. Get your certification today to receive an invitation for a celebration reception in your honor.


Friday, April 17th, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

State Agency Afterschool & Summer Meals Symposium
Join us for facilitated networking tailored to your role along with discussion and peer learning around topics like staffing structure and collaboration, interpretation and implementation of program policies, and emerging practices that support program excellence.

Carolyn Wait, RD, MPH & Derrick Lambert, MA, Share Our Strength2020_NCNC_Atlanta_State_Agency_Sponsor.png




We invite you to get in front of over 1,700 members of the child nutrition community. Inform them of your products and services. Connect with each of our attendees by showing your support. Influence those around you by highlighting your brand. Time to get noticed. Join us in Atlanta!


Become an Exhibitor
 - 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.

"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


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Location is Everything! 
Book now before the best spots are gone. 


Important Links

Download the Full Prospectus

Shepard Exhibiting Kit (Shipping, Booth Setup, Furniture, etc.)

Exhibitor Shipping Option Directly to the Hotel

Electrical and Internet Order Forms

Food Sampling Application and Information

Tote Bag Advertising Information

Catering Information (Contact us)

Additional Attendees
Every booth includes one complimentary full conference attendee. If you would like to register additional staff for your booth you may do so at any time. We do not have exhibitor badges. All booth staff must register as attendees. We encourage you to do this sooner rather than later during our early bird prices. Industry Partners register at the current member rate. GO HERE to register. 


Show Support as a 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.


Sponsor Opportunities

Child Nutrition Champions
Premier sponsorships are available for those companies or individuals who wish to impact children’s health by supporting the National Child Nutrition Conference. By contributing to the conference, Child Nutrition Champions not only influence and help educate over 1,600 attendees, but also the children and families they serve. 


Make a greater impact and increase your visibility by participating in our custom sponsorship opportunities. 


Contact conference@cacfp.org or Alexia Thex, Partnership Manager, 512-987-1459.


 - 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. 



Conference Program (print & digital)    
Drive traffic to your booth or let them know about your great products and/or resources. The NCNC conference program provides all the important information each attendee needs to know: schedule, speakers, workshop descriptions, special events, and more.


Full Page 
7.875” w x 10.5” h  (no bleed*) 
8.75” w x 11.25” h 
(1/8 bleed)

  • Full color CMYK color process
  • Transparencies must be flattened
  • Fonts are embedded
  • 1/4” or more margins
  • Must submit PDF file

Half Page 
7.875” w x 5.25” h  (no bleed*) 
8.75” w x 5.625” h  (1/8 bleed)

  • Full color CMYK color process
  • Transparencies must be flattened
  • Fonts are embedded
  • 1/4” or more margins
  • Must submit PDF file

Quarter Page 
4” w x 5.25” h  (no bleed*) 

  • Full color CMYK color process
  • Transparencies must be flattened
  • Fonts are embedded
  • 1/4” or more margins
  • Must submit PDF file

* Ads received without bleeds will have a white border.

Tote Bag Advertising      
Every attendee receives a tote bag filled with great items and resources. It’s one of the best ways to allow to try your product first hand. 

One Promotional Item                    $950
(subject to approval by Conference Committee)

Click here for more information & important dates.


Commercial Workshop    $500
Exhibitors can present their solutions directly to workshop participants in our new commercial workshop track. Sales are allowed. Submit a workshop proposal for consideration. Opens
July 1, 2019. 

All workshop proposals are subject to review by NCA’s Board of Directors. An organization may be allowed up to two workshops maximum and are subject to availability.

Click here to submit your workshop proposal.




Alexia Thex, Partnership Manager, 512-987-1459
Elan Patterson, Conference Coordinator, 512-688-0997

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Negotiated Conference Rates

$149.00 per night single/double occupancy
through March 20, 2020 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 within 48 hours after registration.

Flying in? 

Plan to arrive on Monday, April 13 and depart on Friday, April 17th. 


About Atlanta

Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. It is easy to fall in love with the beautiful city – its world-class attractions, award-winning dining and hidden wonders – and be inspired by the city’s endless possibilities. Seventy-one countries have representation in Atlanta through a consulate or trade office, giving it a diverse economy. From arts and culture to music and cuisine, the city is full of multi-cultural opportunities for everyone.

Places to Visit in Atlanta

  • Georgia Aquarium

  • Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

  • Georgia Dome

  • Centennial Olympic Park

  • College Football Hall of Fame

  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights

  • High Museum of Art

  • Martin Luther King Center

  • Stone Mountain Park

  • CNN Center

  • Philips Arena

  • World of Coca-Cola

  • Atlantic Station

  • AmericasMart 

  • Turner Field

  • Fox Theatre

  • Piedmont Park & Botanical Gardens

  • Zoo Atlanta