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ACE Awards were presented at the ANFP Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida from June 1 - 4, 2018.

Access the ACE Awards criteria cheat sheet below to help you apply. 

Criteria Cheat Sheet

View the 2017 ANFP and NFEF Award Winners

It was truly an honor to receive the 2017 ANFP CDM Spotlight Award. I am very grateful to my wonderful, innovative team at Eskenazi Health that is a privilege to work with each day. And, to the incredible volunteers that I work with in Indiana ANFP who keep our chapter strong year after year. I owe it all to them. Being a CDM and being involved in ANFP has opened many doors for me. My experience in ANFP has been incredibly rewarding and extremely vital in my professional growth. 

- Thomas H. Thaman, CDM, CFPP, AHCFA

Ambassador Award

Recipient: Non-member

Criteria: An administrator, dietitian, etc. who demonstrated commitment of the CDM credential and supports the nutrition and foodservice department leader through mentoring.

CDM Spotlight Award

Recipient: Recipient of the Chapter's CDM of the Year or CDM of the Month

Criteria: Member that has received their chapter's CDM of Year (or equivalent award), or was named as the 'CDM of the Month' in Edge in 2016/2017.

Dining Distinction Award

Recipient: Any member

Criteria: The dining experience can contribute significantly to the health and well-being of individuals; an optimal dining experience is more than "eating". It involved the nutritional value of food, the way food is presented, the environment in which food is presented, the human interactions that occur during the dining experience.

Distinguished Service Award

Recipient: Member or corporate sponsor

Criteria: Member has exhibited strong support for ANFP and its mission: Position the Certified Dietary Manager as the expert in foodservice management and food safety.

Horizon Award

Recipient: Member who has practiced in the foodservice industry five years or less.

Criteria: Recognizes members who are new to management, and who demonstrate a desire for future growth through conditions to their facility or community, or local chapter, and display leadership in fostering equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Innovation Award

Recipient: Any member

Criteria: Recognizes members who enhance their nutrition and foodservice operations through technology, program development, nutrition, operations and/or creative use of financial management.

Legacy Award

Recipient: ANFP member that has been a member for at least 15 years, and served 3+ years on a national committee/board and attended at least 3 ANFP regional and/or annual meetings within the last 5 years.

Criteria: ANFP involvement and attendance at ANFP programming to include contributions to ANFP through consistent participation but not limited to annual meeting, regional meetings, leadership institute, and chapter programs.

Partnership Award

Recipient: Company or facility (Members or non-members)

Criteria: Demonstrated strong commitment to the CDM credential and supports the nutrition and foodservice department leader. 

Public Policy Leadership Award

Recipient: Congressperson or member

Criteria: Exhibits strong support for efforts to change/strengthen public policy in the areas of nutrition, food, healthcare, public health.