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Upcoming Events

    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • Morgantown, WV

    Amanda McPherson

    amcpher@k12.wv.us

    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • Saturday, April 18, 2020
    • Augusta Marriot

    Susan Cheshire

    susan@georgiaschoolnutrition.com

    • Friday, April 17, 2020
    • Augusta Marriott Convention Center

    For more information please contact Susan Cheshire at susan@georgiaschoolnutrition.com

    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell Street Seattle, WA 98101


    Pre-Registration is required for these sessions and all have participant limits. Register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot, click the 'Register' button at the bottom left of the page to select the workshops you would like to attend.

    Offerings include a range of 2 to 8-hour workshops to focus on key competencies that impact your work including hands-on training and a more thorough review and explanation of programs with more time for Q&A. 

    Due to ongoing concerns about the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the recent event ban in our host city of Seattle, Washington, ACDA leadership has decided to transition our Annual Conference scheduled for April 27-30 to a virtual conference.

    Our members, partners and colleagues are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances. In an effort to continue to provide education and resources to our constituents (including valuable CE credits), we are excited to offer virtual attendance to the conference and on-demand viewing of the sessions.

    We appreciate your patience as we shift our presenters and attendees to an online experience. 

    As always, feel free to reach out to us at info@commodityfoods.org with any questions. Stay tuned for more details about ACDA's 2020 Virtual Conference!

    Workshop Options:

    A. Monday, 8am – 5pm: ServSafe Manager Certification Training and Testing – $150.00
    ServSafe Manager is an advanced food safety certification developed by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) for foodservice and hospitality personnel. The ServSafe brand allows you to offer the highest standard of training to your staff. It also keeps customers safe with advanced food safety knowledge.

    ServSafe brings together current best practices in advanced food safety, as well as current best practices for instruction to meet our industry’s changing needs. Students stay engaged in current state health code regulations and learn how to demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention, and application of HACCP principles.

    This ServSafe Manager class will be offered in a one-day review format. Attendees will receive the ServSafe Manager book by electronic format to study prior to attending the class. ACDA will be closing registration for classes two weeks in advance of the class date to ensure each attendee has ample time to study. The day of the class the attendee will receive approximately four hours of review of the ServSafe Manager materials. Review is followed by the ServSafe Manager exam, proctored by the class instructor. Attendees are allowed two hours to complete the exam.

    B. Monday, 8am – 12pm: Nutrition Nuts and Bolts: What Everyone Needs to Know for a Healthy Lifestyle
    So, you are in the business of child nutrition - but how do you separate fact from fiction about “nutrition”? Where do they get these ideas for the meal pattern? Learn basic nutrition information for yourselves and those you care about in this fun, interactive class. From understanding basic nutrients, reading nutrition labels, navigating nutrition messages in the media, and the design of grocery store shelves, everyone will walk away with a new look at how they shop and what they consume.

    Presenter(s): Katie Wilson, Urban School Food Alliance 
    Target Audience: All
    Level: Beginner

    C. Monday, 8am – 12pm: USDA Foods 101
    In this state-led beginner session, SDA's will provide training to stakeholders around the basics of the USDA Foods program.

    Presenter(s): Carole Erb, JTM; Chris Facha, Oregon; and Garrick Howell, Kentucky 
    Target Audience: SDAs/RAs/Industry
    Level: Beginner

    D. Monday, 8am – 12pm: How to Build a Bid
    This session will provide a step by step process on the required components of a bid document.

    Presenter(s): Stephanie Bruce, California; Stephanie Ewing, Gold Star Foods; and Ariane Shanley, Washington
    Target Audience: RA's/Industry
    Level: Intermediate

    E. Monday, 10am – 12pm: A Comprehensive Look at CSFP
    This session will provide an introductory overview of CSFP including technology, food pack updates/challenges, complete box utilization, meal prep, and increasing caseloads.

    Presenter(s): Mark Lowery, Mike Halligan, and Walter O'Toole, Feeding Colorado
    Target Audience: SDAs/Household Partners
    Level: Beginner

    F. Monday, 1pm – 3pm: Culinary Strategies for Enhancing Quality Products
    In this interactive session, participants will be provided strategies for enhancing their culinary skills/techniques. The strategies gained from this session will help participants menu items that go from plain to wow.

    Presenter(s): Chef Patrick Garmong, ICN
    Target Audience: RAs
    Level: Intermediate

    G. Monday, 1pm – 5pm: SDA Foods for State Agencies - USDA Foods 201
    In this session, USDA will provide training to state agencies around managing USDA Foods ordering and the processing program. This session will cover best practices for communication and program management.

    Presenter(s): USDA
    Target Audience: SDA’s ONLY
    Level: Intermediate

    H. Monday, 1pm – 5pm: How to Analyze a Bid
    This session will provide a step by step process on the required components of analyzing and awarding a bid.

    Presenter(s): Stephanie Bruce, California; Stephanie Ewing, Gold Star Foods; and Ariane Shanley, Washington
    Target Audience: RA's/Industry
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Click here to visit our the 2020 Annual Conference page. 


    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • Thursday, April 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell Street Seattle, WA 98101


    Due to ongoing concerns about the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the recent event ban in our host city of Seattle, Washington, ACDA leadership has decided to transition our Annual Conference scheduled for April 27-30 to a virtual conference.

    Our members, partners and colleagues are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances. In an effort to continue to provide education and resources to our constituents (including valuable CE credits), we are excited to offer virtual attendance to the conference and on-demand viewing of the sessions.

    We appreciate your patience as we shift our presenters and attendees to an online experience. 

    As always, feel free to reach out to us at info@commodityfoods.org with any questions. Stay tuned for more details about ACDA's 2020 Virtual Conference!

    Join us for the 2020 Annual National Conference. This is an event you do not want to miss! Registration opens December 1! Register prior to April 3 to take advantage of the advance registration rate!

    Highlights include:

    • Sessions for both beginners and advanced level employees
    • Community feeding sessions including Farm to Food Bank, Utilizing Technology, and a comprehensive look at CSFP
    • BMI Update 
    • New and Reformulated USDA Foods
    • How to cook for special diets
    • Procurement - What to include in your RFP's, BID's and IFP's
    • Hot Topics in USDA Foods Programs

    More details, including hotel information and a schedule, can be found on our Annual Conference page.

    Registration Fees and Options:

    Registration Type  

    Early Bird

    Until
    2/28/20 

    Advanced

    Until
    4/3/20 

    Regular

    After
    4/3/20 

    One Day
    Only 

     Member

     $450

     $525

     $545

     $125

     Non-Member: States/Allied/ Agriculture

     $745

     $825

     $845

     $199

     Non-Member: Industry/Associate

     $845

     $925

     $945

     $199

     Non-Member: Recipient Agency

     $600

     $675

     $695

     $150

     Federal Government

     $450

     $525

     $545

     $199

     Spouse or Guest*

     $85

     $85

     $85

     $N/A

    *Spouse or guest registration provides access to receptions and breakfasts only. Guests are not permitted to attend sessions and/or educational offerings. 

    View our event cancellation, refund and no-show policies.


    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • At Your Desk via GoToWebinar
    • 116
    Register



    ACDA EDUCAST SERIES:

    Beyond Gen Z - Getting to Know Generation Alpha
    Thursday, May 21st | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

    More than 22 million millennial parents live in the U.S., with about 9,000 Generation Alpha babies born to them each day since 2010. Generation Alpha children will grow up interacting with AI and robots, as well as humans. They will play with connected toys which will respond to commands and demonstrate emotional intelligence, and they’ll expect the same interactive, responsive experiences from all the facets of their lives. Learn from Gen Alpha in their own words, what they’re hungry for, and how their needs differ from Gen Z.http://www.commodityfoods.org/event-3248016



    PRESENTERS:

    Bill Heiler

    Senior Manager, Research & Insights

    Rich Products Corporation


    Amanda Buonopane 

    Specialist│Quant/Qual Insights Professional

    Rich Products Corporation


    COST:

    1. ACDA Members - FREE!
    2. Non-member- $25.00



    WEBINAR PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS LEARNING OBJECTIVES:


    Key Areas:
    Administration 3400



    TWO STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS:

    PLEASE NOTE: There is a two step process to this registration. 

    1. Register with ACDA via this email/event post. You will receive an email confirmation from ACDA with instructions about the next step.

    2. Follow the instructions in the confirmation email (check your junk and clutter mail if you do not receive) to obtain a unique access link directly from GoToWebinar before your registration is complete. 

    • Tuesday, June 02, 2020
    • Thursday, June 04, 2020
    • Fargo, ND

    For more information please visit: https://northdakotasna.com/index.php or contact Michelle Wagner at michelle_wagner@bismarckschools.org or by phone at: 701-323-4089

    • Tuesday, June 02, 2020
    • Friday, June 05, 2020
    • Albuquerque, NM

    For more information please visit: www.nmsna.com or contact Pauline Raia at pauline.raia@q.com or by phone at: 505-980-1570

    • Tuesday, June 09, 2020
    • Friday, June 12, 2020
    • Mountain America Expo Center, Sandy - Utah

    For more information please contact Kayleen Anderson at kdanderson@wsd.net or by phone at: 801-476-7845

    • Sunday, June 14, 2020
    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • Gatlinburg Convention Center- Gatllinburg, TN

    Charlie White

    tnsna@bellsouth.net

    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    • US Cellular Center- Cedar Rapids, IA

    Shelly Mohr

    shelly.mohr@tipton.k12.ia.us

    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • US Cellular Center

    Jodi McKinney

    jodi@colosna.com

    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • Greater Marriott Columbus University Area- Columbus, OH

    Tracey Hogan

    tracey@assnoffices.com

    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • National Center for Employee Development Conference Center & Hotel- Norman, OK

    Shannon B Sherrod

    sherrod-shannon@aramark.com

    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    • Friday, June 19, 2020
    • Kentucky International Convention Center- Louisville KY

    Marty Flynn

    martyflynnksna@gmail.com

    • Monday, June 22, 2020
    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

    Denise Kinney

    dkinney@landershools.org

    • Monday, June 22, 2020
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • Best Western Heritage Inn- Great Falls, MT

    Louise Chandler

    montanaweez@gmail.com

    • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • Shosone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center- Fort Hall, ID

    Anita Brower

    browera@msd321.com

    • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • Drury Lane-Oakbrook, IL

    Frances Gilbert

    fgilbert@starfishms.com

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
    • Lake Tahoe MonteBleu

    For more information please contact Cory Smith at csmith@douglas.nv.gov or by phone: 775-782-7613

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
    • Sheraton/Koury Convention Center- Greensboro, NC

    Kristen Bealler

    kristenbealler@davidson.k12.nc.us

    • Saturday, June 27, 2020
    • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    • Austin Fairmont Hotel

    For more information, please contact Kennitra Freeman at kennitraf@tasn.net or by phone at 512-371-0087 ext 203

    • Sunday, June 28, 2020
    • Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    • Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE

    For more information, please contact Lora Harders at lharders@wrrsd.org or by phone at 308-390-4031

    • Monday, July 27, 2020
    • Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    • Double Tree City Center -Spokane, WA

    For more information, please contact Peggy Rieper at wsnaexec@comcast.net or by phone at 509-220-6121

    • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    • TBD

    For more information, please contact Lynn Dunker at lynn.dunker@k12.ds.us or by phone at 605-279-2156

    • Monday, August 03, 2020
    • Thursday, August 06, 2020
    • Kalahari Resort & Conventions Pocono Mountains, PA

    For more information, Please contact Pam Gallagher at executivedirector@snaoa.org or by phone at 717-732-1100.

Past Events

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 School Feeding Update - Webinar
Friday, March 27, 2020 Kansas Annual Conference
Saturday, March 21, 2020 Delaware - State Annual Conference
Thursday, March 19, 2020 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Globally Inspired Menu - Trends to Entice Generation Z (Postponed)
Friday, March 13, 2020 Oregon - State Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Virginia - State Annual Conference
Friday, February 28, 2020 Alabama - State Annual Conference
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Washington - USDA Food Tasting
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Alaska - AKSNA Annual Conference and Vendor Show
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Connecticut - USDA Foods Show
Monday, January 27, 2020 Alaska - State Annual Conference
Thursday, January 16, 2020 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Truth and Consequences of Forecasting
Thursday, December 12, 2019 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Technology Changing the Perception of USDA Foods
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Maryland - USDA Foods Processing Show
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Oklahoma Commodity Food Show and Dist. Director/Supervisor Meeting
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Arizona - Food Show
Friday, November 15, 2019 Connecticut - Food and Industry Trade Show
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Indiana - State Annual Conference
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 WEBINAR: TEFAP Trade Mitigation Distribution Best Practices
Thursday, November 07, 2019 California - State Annual Conference
Thursday, November 07, 2019 New Jersey - Annual Conference and Food Show
Thursday, October 31, 2019 Mississippi - State Annual Conference
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Illinois - USDA Foods Show
Friday, October 25, 2019 Michigan Annual Conference & Exhibit Show
Friday, October 25, 2019 New York - State Annual Conference
Friday, October 25, 2019 Maryland - State Annual Conference
Friday, October 25, 2019 Arkansas School Nutrition State Conference
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Massachusetts - State Annual Conference
Friday, October 18, 2019 Missouri - State Annual Conference
Friday, October 11, 2019 Oregon School Nutrition Association Industry Seminar
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Palm Beach, Florida - Annual Conference & Food Show
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Utah Fall Business Meeting and Food Show
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Albuquerque, New Mexico- NM SNA Processing Show & Training
Thursday, September 19, 2019 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Procurement Review - Preparing for Success
Monday, June 17, 2019 School Nutrition Association of Iowa Annual Conference
Monday, June 10, 2019 National CSFP Association Conference
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Be Ready, Prepare Now! Role of USDA Foods in Disasters.
Sunday, May 05, 2019 ACDA 2019 Annual Conference
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Iowa Food Show
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Oregon School Nutrition Association State Conference and Food Show
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Incorporating USDA Foods into Menus
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Illinois Food Show - Bloomington
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Illinois Food Show - O'Fallon
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Child Nutrition Training and Vendor Show
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: USDA Foods Disaster Planning
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Utah Commodity Food Show
Friday, October 12, 2018 Oregon School Nutrition Association Industry Seminar and USDA Foods Show
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 Colorado Food Distribution Programs USDA Food Show
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 WY Food Service Director Meeting and USDA Foods Food Show
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 SNAU Food Show/Conference
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 WSNA Conference and Food Show
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 SNAI Annual Conference
Friday, May 25, 2018 ACDA Educast: Industry Discussion of the FINAL RULE (Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 250 [7 CFR 250.xx])
Sunday, April 29, 2018 2018 Annual Conference - Social Outings
Sunday, April 29, 2018 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC)
Sunday, April 29, 2018 Annual Conference Educational Enhancements
Monday, April 16, 2018 ACDA Educast: ACDA Strategic Plan
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 ACDA Educast: ACDA Strategic Plan
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 ACDA Educast: Processing USDA Foods: It All Begins With The Menu!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 ACDA Educast: The RA Perspective on Forecasting
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