Frequently Asked Questions

Will AHF's 2022 Annual Conference be in person?

Yes, AHF will host its annual conference in person and is planning closely with the Westin to ensure we keep all our attendees safe while we network with one another. We will monitor local, state and federal guidelines and ensure we provide a secure environment.

When does registration open?

Registration for AHF 2022 will open by March 2022.

Can non-members participate?

Yes, AHF allows non-member operators to participate. However, we do not allow operator employees of contract management firms to participate. AHF is a national association working to promote and further the best interests of self-operated facilities and employees.

How do I join AHF?

Joining AHF as a member is easy. It can be done online here. You can also contact our staff at to ask questions and get assistance with becoming a member. Registration for our annual conference is then discounted for you and any other Operators from your facility who you add to your membership.

What does the registration fee cover?

Full conference registration covers and includes everything from meals (breakfast, lunch, and most dinners), mid-day snacks, receptions and events, all educational sessions, the exhibit hall and tradeshow, and other activities outlined. Area activities (field trips) are at an additional cost.

Are there ways to get assistance attending?

Yes, AHF provides as many scholarships as possible to help Operator members participate in conferences. Most scholarships provide Operators with support for the majority of their registration fee, although they may not cover the fee in full. We provide as much support as we can. If your facility has available funding to help you attend we kindly request that consider leaving scholarships open for those with more financial restrictions and support needs.

AHF Scholarship recipients may be required to attend specific events and support the association and our sponsors through promotions and networking activities in return for scholarship support.

While scholarships are limited, you can also use Real Rewards Cafe (RRC) points to pay for your registration fee thanks to a partnership between AHF and RRC. Check how many points your facility has with RRC to get yourself registered for the conference free of charge. Learn more on the registration page or the scholarship page.

Some AHF Chapters also provide scholarships to our annual conference further expanding your options for support. If you are a member of a chapter consider reaching out to see if they have available opportunities.

It's my first time registering for an AHF conference, what can I expect?

We are excited you will be joining us for our 2022 Annual Conference! We hope you find the sessions valuable, social hours to be fun and engaging, and you walk away from this experience with new knowledge and tools to help you in your daily operations. Past participants have often shared that AHF’s conferences are a great way to get a break, recharge, and meet new AHF members! Let us take care of you at our annual conference after your past year of extremely hard work. AHF conference registration means that you will arrive and be taken care of! Meals will be provided as part of your fee, receptions offer fun networking with new friends and colleagues, and our hotels are comfortable and a great place for a family vacation if desired. Our exhibitors and sponsors are ready to welcome and greet you. AHF works hard to create great, easy, networking opportunities so you walk away with new contacts to come back and see next year!

Does the conference offer continuing education credits (CEUs)?

Yes! We offer continuing education credits for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), and American Culinary Federation (ACF).  The total number of credits offered has not been finalized, but we estimate 16 CEUs.

How do I submit for an AHF Industry Award?

You can submit yourself or a colleague to be considered for an industry award on our Awards page following the guidelines. Submitting is a great way to recognize and honor your work over the past year. Winners receive a scholarship to attend the conference and a stipend to help with travel costs. You will be honored at our Awards Ceremony.

How do I submit to participate in the AHF Culinary Competition

Submission guidelines for our Culinary Competition can be found on the Culinary Competition page. Submitting requires a team of 3 submitting a recipe along with a photo and nutritionals to our committee for assessment. Be sure to adhere to the deadline and join the webinar on how to maximize your submission for success. Competitors are provided with scholarships to help them attend the conference. Competing in the Culinary Competition is a high honor.