ACDA Annual Conference 

Each year, ACDA sponsors a national conference that is unique among other association events. Naturally, there are the usual educational and networking opportunities at an ACDA conference. But rather than being an event where manufacturers and processors, brokers and distributors showcase their products and services, this conference convenes in the spirit of cooperation among its members, with everyone focusing on how to strengthen USDA Food Distribution Programs.

2020 Annual Conference: October 20 - 22

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the 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. The Virtual Conference will be held October 20 - 22, 2020.

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 hope to see you online! 

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

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    If I already registered, do I need to register again? 

    No, if you have not contacted ACDA to cancel your registration, we will transfer your registration and refund you the difference. 

    If I cancel my registration will I get a full refund? 

    Yes, while we encourage you to attend the virtual conference, ACDA is providing full refunds.

    Will I still obtain CE (continuing education) credits? 

    Yes, we will be offering CE credits for sessions attended online. 

    What will the Virtual Conference look like?

    The virtual conference will consist of online presentations, interactive chat rooms, Q&A sessions with the presenters, downloadable session material, a resource library, and on-demand session capabilities. 

    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 with any questions. 

    USDA Letter to State Agencies

    Click here for a copy of the USDA letter to state agencies encouraging attendance at the 2020 ACDA Annual Conference.

    Scholarship Opportunities for 2020

    We are happy to announce we offered 20  scholarships to attend the 2020 ACDA conference in Seattle, WA. 

    Thank you to all our applicants. 

    Upcoming ANC's


    April 25th through April 28th
    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans, LA


    April 21st through April 27th
    Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld

    Orlando, FL


    April 15th through April 18th

    Anaheim Marriott 

    Anaheim, California

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