2019 Conference Program Book

Monday  ●  April 13, 2020

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration Open Sponsored by Mushroom Council

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CACFP Creditable Roundtable* by invitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

USDA & State Agency Training *state agencies only

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learning Excursions *pre-registration required

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 - 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 - 4:30 pm

CACFP|Summer|Afterschool Workshops 101, 201, 301

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

CACFP State-of-the-State Review & SFSP Meet-Up

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, Coffee & Conversation

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 One

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

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop Session Two

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop Session Three

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 Four

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Workshop Session Five

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Workshop Session Six

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 Seven

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Session Eight

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 


First Timers' Orientation

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

Featured Speaker Sessions

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

National Conference General Session

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

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting

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

Exhibit Hall Access

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

Functional Networking Sessions

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

Regional Networking Sessions

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

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview

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

Shop Talk

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



Networking Reception

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










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. 

NCNC is the premier training event for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) community and home of the USDA requested Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) training which gathers attendees from all 50 states and U.S. territories to impactfully serve 4.5 million children daily. The conference will feature up to 150 hours of workshops, more than 30 shop talk sessions, and a selection of preconference training academies. 

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



Small groups 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


Download a letter to your supervisor, the invaluable benefits of attendance and a cost worksheet to make the case for you getting to Atlanta. 

Registration Rates & Deadlines

National Child Nutrition Conference NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 5)



EARLY (until February 5)



STANDARD (until March 5) 



LATE (until April 5) 



ONSITE (after April 5)

$575 $675
Preconference Training Academy NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 5)



EARLY (until February 5)



STANDARD (until March 5) 



LATE (until April 5) 



ONSITE (after April 5)

$175 $225
Learning Excursions NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member
(Limited Space, Includes Travel
$25 $25

* Membership discounts apply to all attending staff from a member organization. 

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

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


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

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


Negotiated Conference Rates

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

Headquarter Hotel

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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

Reservation link will be emailed to conference attendees within 24 hours after registration.

Flying in? 

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


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


Exhibitor Opportunities2020_NCNC_Atlanta_Exhibitor_Opportunities.png*Exhibitors paid in full by September 4, 2019 will be featured in the digital conference promotion brochure. 

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


Important Links

Download the Full Prospectus

Exhibitor Shipping Options (coming soon)

Electrical and Internet Order Forms

Shepard Exhibiting Kit (coming soon)

Food Sampling Application and Information

Catering Information (coming soon)

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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