Workshops & Tracks

Draft Agenda Now Available

Download the draft agenda for the 2018 conference (pdf). Note that the draft agenda may be subject to change. In the coming weeks, will update this page with workshop descriptions and speakers as they are finalized. Start mapping out your conference schedule now!

Register Now for Pre-Conference Trainings

Register now for pre-conference trainings on Saturday, February 24 at the Omni Shoreham hotel. You must be registered for the conference to attend the pre-conference trainings.

Successfully Meeting the New CACFP Nutrition Standards: Selecting, Purchasing, and Accessing Affordable Healthy Foods for CACFP Child Care and Afterschool Programs (10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)
Join USDA, CACFP programs, sponsors and administrators, advocates, food banks, grocery stores, food policy experts, and others for this interactive convening. This is an opportunity to learn, explore, and discuss:

  • USDA food procurement rules, nutrition standards, and resources;
  • the education and training needed to facilitate programs’ and providers’ success in selecting foods consistent with the new nutrition standards (e.g., whole grains, low-sugar cereals, and yogurt) and the increased emphasis on fruit and vegetables;
  • how stores can better serve CACFP programs and providers as the new standards take effect;
  • ways to ensure access to affordable fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods needed for CACFP in low-income communities;
  • technological innovations, including web-based CACFP tools; and
  • addressing language, culture, and literacy in training plans and materials.

Leveraging Federal Nutrition Resources to Respond to Disasters (4–6 p.m.)
This special session will offer interactive round tables anchored by experts who have helped get SNAP, Disaster SNAP, school meals, summer nutrition, WIC and TEFAP resources to households and communities hit by disasters.  Most federal nutrition programs are structured to respond to increases in need whether due to economic downturns and natural disasters.  Attendees will hear lessons learned from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as from disasters of more modest scope.  Attendees will rotate among tables for 3 rounds of 30 minutes each. The session aims to give advocates, service providers and others the information need to best aid their communities.

How to Register
If you have already registered for the 2018 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, you will get a separate email with instructions on how to update your registration to attend either of the pre-conference sessions. If you have not already registered for the conference, you can sign up for either of the pre-conference sessions during the registration process. If you have any questions, please email Yosan Kubrom at

“This is ‘the big show’ for anyone working to end hunger in America. I’ve been attending for a decade, and I’m still learning something new every time. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision in our work; the policy conference opens up my thinking, and reminds me that I am part of a national movement. It can be frustrating building progress in what feel like regressive times. The policy conference renews my commitment, and reminds me how many others share it.”
JC Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer, Feeding Texas