Upcoming Events

    • Monday, February 26, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar - 3pm ET / 12pm PT
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    Meet the ACDA 2024

    Board of Director Candidates 

    Monday, February 26 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

    Registration for this event is FREE!

    Join us to meet the ACDA 2024 Board of Director Candidates before you cast your vote. Each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and share their vision for ACDA. Visit our candidate webpage to learn more about the candidates! 


    Meet the Speakers: 

    Vice President Candidate

    Jaclyn Cantu 

    Jaclyn Cantu is the current Director for USDA Foods with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food and Nutrition Division.  Jackie has been with the agency for 15 years holding various positions such as monitoring the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Programs and overseeing 6 Cents Certification.  Today, Jackie oversees the operations of USDA Foods for the National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Disaster Assistance. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University and is a native of Ohio.  Jackie moved to central Texas in 2003 to complete her Dietetic Internship at Texas State University and now lives in Austin Texas.


    Associate Representative Candidate

    Cliff Meyers

    Cliff is the current President of ClearVu School Services, a Procurement Services Provider to K-12 school districts.  Before launching ClearVu in 2019, he was a part owner of K12 Services where he spent fifteen years working within the further processing program. He is the current Associate Representative on the ACDA Board of Directors and has been an active member of the association for over twenty years. He holds degrees in hospitality from Florida International University, the Culinary Institute of America, and Brookdale Community College.  He lives with his wife of 30 years in Frederick, Maryland.


    School District Recipient Agency Representatives 

    Amy Hayden 

    I have been with Leon County Schools since 2000 in various roles. I have been with Dining Services for the past 21 years doing everything from managing, procurement, commodities, software implementation and everything in between. I am currently the Culinary Coordinator/Executive Chef for the district. I have a Culinary background, attending Johnson & Wales University out of high school. I received my Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Flagler College in 2022. I am currently in my last year on the Florida School Nutrition Association board but plan to continue being an involved member.

    Craig Hempel

    Craig Hempel, Assistant Director of Nutrition and Menu Operations, works for Garland ISD in Garland, TX.  Craig has been with Garland ISD since January 2022 and holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Craig has been working for K-12 school districts for the past 10 years of his career with job responsibilities ranging from Menu Planner to Director.

    Ken Simcox 

    Ken Simcox is an accomplished Assistant Supervisor of Food & Nutrition Services at Washington County Public Schools, leveraging his extensive background in the private sector after earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Shepherd University. With a career spanning since 1996, Ken oversees operations for 12 schools, managing POS software, leading free and reduced outreach initiatives, and spearheading recipe development district wide. Currently, he holds the pivotal role of co-chair for the education subcommittee within the processing committee for ACDA; building on his prior contributions as a member of both the Convention and Education committees. Ken is a seasoned speaker and moderator at the ACDA conferences, sharing his expertise as an Recipient Agency in the field.

    On a personal front, Ken finds joy in his family, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His commitment to excellence extends beyond the workplace, as he takes pride in spoiling his grandchildren and sending them home with cherished memories for their parents. Ken's dedication to his profession and community involvement underscores his passion for well-fed children across the country.

    Shannon Solomon

    Shannon Solomon is a passionate, innovative leader in the Restaurant Business and K-12 Industry. She is also a proud mother of five amazing adult children and grandmother of three. Shannon lives in Colorado, has a robust portfolio varying from Restaurant Operations, Efficiency Engineering, Corporate Training, and Organization Leadership. Shannon holds a master's degree in Business and is a Credentialed School Nutrition Professional. Shannon has also competed on the Food Network’s show “Chopped” Chef competition as a School Chef, and has received several local and national awards for her relentless leadership regarding customer service, innovation and positivity. Shannon’s deep passion is rooted at the heart of feeding her customers delicious, nutritious quality food with excellent customer service so that they may always be the best versions of themselves!  


    Visit our candidate webpage to learn more about the candidates! 

    • Sunday, April 21, 2024
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Marriot St. Louis Grand
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    ACDA Annual Conference:

    St. Louis, Missouri | April 21 - 24

    Early Bird Deadline February 15th

    ACDA is coming to St. Louis! The 49th Annual Conference, brings you an opportunity to hear from USDA and other industry experts, get connected with members nationwide, share best practices, and more!

    New This Year! 

    We will not have the traditional "tracks" at Conference this year, but instead are gearing sessions towards your specific membership group and offering courses for beginners, intermediate levels and advanced levels! 

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    Hotel Information:

    Host Hotel: 

    Marriott St. Louis Grand - Fully Booked! 

    800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101

    Nightly Rates: $199 + Taxes

    Last Day to Book: March 29, 2024

    Click Here to Book!

    Overflow Hotel: 

    Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    421 North 8th Street St. Louis, Missouri 63101

    Last Day to Book: Friday, March 29, 2024

    Nightly Rate: $145 + Taxes

    Click Here to Book!

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    Earn CEU Credits:

      We will be offering CEU credits for sessions attended during the 2024 Annual Conference. More information coming soon! 

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      Questions?

      We are here to help! Reach out to us at info@commodityfoods.org or by calling 850-480-7332.

      More details can be found on our Annual Conference page.

      View the ACDA Annual Conference cancellation policy HERE!

      • Sunday, April 21, 2024
      • (CDT)
      • Wednesday, April 24, 2024
      • (CDT)
      • 6 sessions
      • Marriott St. Louis Grand - 800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101
      Register

      Are you looking for further your career or expand your knowledge of Food Distribution? Are you just starting out and needing some basic knowledge in food distribution? Are you seasoned in some areas and looking to expand your knowledge in other areas of food distribution? This program has something for everyone! 

      The ACDA Food Distribution Program works to empower individuals with the knowledge to feed the nation! 

      Join us during one or more of the following time slots to complete a Food Distribution exam. You can choose to take up to five exams over the course of the conference and you get to choose the time that works best for you!

      • Sunday, April 21, 2024 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Monday, April 22, 2024 | 6:45 am - 7:45 am
      • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | 7:30 am - 8:30 am 
      • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 7:00 am - 8:00 am 
      • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
      • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 1:15 - 2:15 pm 

      We offer the following exams: USDA Foods Overview Exam, Procurement and Planning Exam, Processing Exam, DoD Fresh Exam, Community and Household Programs, and Direct Delivery.

      You can purchase the study guide for these exams from ACDA's Online Store HERE! If you have questions about the NEW ACDA Food Distribution Education Program, you can learn more HERE

      By passing these two competency exams, you will qualify for the Food Distribution Professional Certification. By passing four exams, you will qualify for the Food Distribution Expert Certification. By passing six competency exams, you will qualify for the Food Distribution Master Certification. Learn more about the Certification HERE

      If you have any questions, please reach out to info@commodityfoods.org.

      • Sunday, April 13, 2025
      • 8:00 AM
      • Wednesday, April 16, 2025
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA



    Past Events

    Friday, January 26, 2024 ACDA 2024 Conference Preview Webinar
    Thursday, December 21, 2023 Household & Community Programs Legislative Update
    Tuesday, December 05, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: Best Practices | Community Feeding
    Tuesday, November 28, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: Best Practices | State Agency
    Tuesday, November 14, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: Best Practices | Recipient Agency
    Wednesday, November 01, 2023 What Everyone Ought to Know About Bid Cycles and Forecasts
    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: The Future of Bidding | State Agency
    Saturday, September 23, 2023 What Are You Worth? Verifying Your Direct Diversions
    Tuesday, September 12, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: The Future of Bidding | Co-Op
    Tuesday, August 22, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: The Future of Bidding | Recipient Agency
    Friday, August 18, 2023 What Can ACDA Do For You?
    Tuesday, August 08, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: The Future of Bidding | Associate & Industry
    Tuesday, May 30, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: Meet the New Board Members
    Tuesday, May 16, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: The Future of Bidding
    Tuesday, May 02, 2023 ACDA in the Hot Seat: What Did You Learn at the ACDA Conference?
    Tuesday, April 18, 2023 ACDA Conference | Tuesday Transportation
    Sunday, April 16, 2023 ACDA Food Distribution Exams at the Annual Conference
    Sunday, April 16, 2023 ACDA 2023 Annual Conference
    Tuesday, April 11, 2023 ACDA In the Hot Seat: State Agencies Prepare for the ACDA Conference!
    Thursday, March 16, 2023 Program Updates to USDA Summer Meals for Children
    Thursday, February 16, 2023 Webinar: Legislative Update
    Friday, February 10, 2023 USDA Foods 101 Course and Food Distribution Testing in Houston, Texas!
    Friday, February 03, 2023 ACDA Food Distribution Competency Exams in Virginia!
    Thursday, January 19, 2023 ACDA 2023 Conference Preview Webinar
    Thursday, December 15, 2022 Processing USDA Foods: Preparing for Diversion Season
    Tuesday, November 15, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Processing!
    Wednesday, November 02, 2022 Webinar: Making USDA Entitlement Work for You
    Tuesday, November 01, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Direct Delivery!
    Thursday, October 20, 2022 What ACDA Can Do For You Webinar!
    Tuesday, October 18, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - USDA DoD Fresh!
    Tuesday, October 11, 2022 ACDA Food Distribution Competency Exams in Dallas!
    Tuesday, October 04, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Transportation!
    Thursday, September 15, 2022 TEFAP Ordering and Inventory Management
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Roger Szemraj | Legislative Update!
    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Welcome New ACDA Board Members!
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat: What I Learned at the Conference - Food Bank & Household Members!
    Tuesday, May 03, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - What I Learned at the Conference!
    Sunday, April 24, 2022 ACDA Food Distribution Competency Exams at the Annual Conference
    Sunday, April 24, 2022 ACDA Preconference Workshops
    Sunday, April 24, 2022 ACDA 2022 Annual Conference
    Tuesday, March 01, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - ACDA 2022 Annual Conference!
    Wednesday, February 23, 2022 USDA Foods – How to Use Planning Tools to Get Your Best Value
    Tuesday, February 01, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - New Certification and Credential Program!
    Tuesday, January 04, 2022 ACDA in the Hot Seat - ACDA Executive Board!
    Tuesday, December 07, 2021 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Pricing!
    Thursday, November 18, 2021 Deep Dive into USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for a State and Federal Perspective
    Thursday, August 12, 2021 Stronger with School Meals: Back-to-School Resources from USDA’s Team Nutrition
    Tuesday, June 08, 2021 ACDA 2021 Virtual Conference
    Wednesday, June 02, 2021 ACDA Virtual Conference Speaker Practices
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 Support Buy American Through Menu Planning & Recipe Development
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 ACDA in the Hot Seat - Co-Ops!
    Tuesday, April 06, 2021 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Broker Roles
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 Best Practices for Utilizing USDA Foods in Inventory
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Manufacturer/Processor Roles
    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 ACDA in the Hot Seat! State Distributing Agency Roles
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Feeding Children During a Pandemic: Resources for Success
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Making the Most of USDA Foods
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Single Bank
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020 ACDA Processing Committee
    Thursday, December 03, 2020 Disaster & Emergency Preparedness for Household Programs
    Tuesday, December 01, 2020 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Entitlement
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Legislative Update
    Tuesday, November 03, 2020 ACDA in the Hot Seat! Working with USDA Foods
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 ACDA Conference Networking Sessions
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 ACDA Conference Networking Sessions
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 ACDA 2020 Virtual Conference
    Thursday, October 01, 2020 Utilizing USDA Foods in a COVID-Curbside World
    Monday, August 03, 2020 Pennsylvania - State Annual Conference
    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Simplify Your Menu Planning with USDA Food Buying Guide Interactive Tools!
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 South Dakota - State Annual Conference
    Monday, July 27, 2020 Washington - State Annual Conference
    Sunday, June 28, 2020 Nebraska - State Annual Conference
    Saturday, June 27, 2020 Texas - State Annual Conference
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 North Carolina State Annual Conference
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Nevada - NSNA Annual Conference
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Idaho State Annual Conference
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Illinois State Annual Conference
    Monday, June 22, 2020 Wyoming State Annual Conference
    Monday, June 22, 2020 Montana Annual State Conference
    Thursday, June 18, 2020 CN Labels and Product Formulation Statements in Child Nutrition Programs
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Kentucky Annual State Conference
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Iowa Annual State Conference
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Colorado State Annual Conference
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Ohio State Annual Conference
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Oklahoma State Annual Conference
    Sunday, June 14, 2020 Tennessee Annual State Conference
    Tuesday, June 09, 2020 Utah - State Annual Conference
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020 COVID-19 Legislation Deep Dive
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico -2020 State Annual Conference
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020 Fargo, ND - State Conference / Food Show
    Thursday, May 21, 2020 ACDA EDUCAST SERIES: Beyond Gen Z - Getting to Know Generation Alpha
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 USDA Foods Inventory Management
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020 COVID-19: Procurement Webinar
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 ACDA Update
    Monday, April 27, 2020 2020 Annual Conference Workshops
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020 COVID-19: School Recipient Agency Update
    Friday, April 17, 2020 GA School Nutrition Association Annual Conference and Exhibits
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 COVID-19: Distributors Update
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Georgia Annual State Conference
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020 COVID-19: Household Updates - Webinar
    Friday, April 03, 2020 West Virginia Annual State Conference
    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 Arizona - Food Show
    Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Oklahoma Commodity Food Show and Dist. Director/Supervisor Meeting
    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 Arkansas School Nutrition State Conference
    Friday, October 25, 2019 Michigan Annual Conference & Exhibit Show
    Friday, October 25, 2019 Maryland - State Annual Conference
    Friday, October 25, 2019 New York - State Annual 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 Child Nutrition Training and Vendor Show
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Illinois Food Show - O'Fallon
    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 WSNA Conference and Food Show
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 SNAU Food Show/Conference
    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 National Conference (ANC)
    Sunday, April 29, 2018 2018 Annual Conference - Social Outings
    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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