Interested in adding your USDA food event to the ACDA calendar? Simply click here and complete the submission form. ACDA staff will be in touch to confirm your information.

Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • Utah

    For more information contact Melissa Cowder (801-538-7697). 

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • At Your Desk via GoToWebinar
    • 121

    ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: USDA Foods Disaster Planning

    Wednesday, November 7 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

    This webinar covers disaster planning from multiple perspectives. A focus on using USDA Foods in schools for congregate feeding, state agency response to disasters to ensure adequate food, water, and ice are available, and the importance of disaster preparedness and plan implementation at the school district level.

    Teresa Goodsell, USDA Foods Coordinator, Idaho Dept. of Education


    Dexter Harris, ESF-11 Emergency Coordinator, Florida Dept. of Agriculture

    Dawn Houser, Director of Nutrition Services, Collier County Public Schools

    Kathleen Staley, Branch Chief, USDA Food and Nutrition Services, Food Distribution Programs


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


    Key Areas:
    Menu Planning – 1100
    Purchasing – 2400
    Program Management - 3200
    Communications and Marketing - 4100

    Learning Objectives: Participants will receive a comprehensive overview of how USDA Foods can be utilized during a disaster, along with first accounts from disaster survivors responsible for preparedness and plan implementation. Available resources and critical partnerships will be also be discussed.


    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. 

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    • Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St., Columbus, OH 43215

    Please register here:

    Vendor packets for vendor show portion will be sent to industry members. 

    For more information, please contact:
    Brian Davis

    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    • The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY

    Join us for the 2019 Annual National Conference. This is an event you do not want to miss! Registration opens December 6! Register prior to February 16 to take advantage of the early bird registration rate!

    Highlights include:

    • Sessions for both beginners and advanced level employees
    • Community feeding sessions including TEFAP and CSFP
    • Understanding roles and responsibilities of different USDA Foods stakeholder groups
    • How to maximize USDA Foods entitlement dollars
    • Regulations and Guidance on Federal feeding programs
    • Procurement
    • 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






    One Day






     Non-Member: States/Allied/ Agriculture





     Non-Member: Industry/Associate





     Non-Member: Recipient Agency





     Federal Government





     Spouse or Guest





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

    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • Thursday, April 30, 2020
    • Hyatt Regency Seattle - Corner of 8th and Howell (Downtown Seattle)

    Save the Date!

    ACDA looks forward to welcoming you to thriving and exciting Seattle for unbeatable education and networking. 

    More information coming soon!

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