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GSNA 2016 NSLW Kick Off Luncheon
October 6, 2016
Macon Centreplex - Macon


National School Lunch Week 2016
October 10-14, 2016
"School Lunch:  Show Your Spirit"


"A Dialogue:  Processing USDA Foods in Georgia"
(A Processing & Procurement Discussion)
October 25, 2016
The Foundry @ The Classic Center- Athens


October 26,2016
The Classic Center -Athens


GSN Foundation Managers' Retreat & Training
November 3-4, 2016
Coastal Georgia Center - Savannah


GSNA Industry Seminar
December 12-13, 2016
Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Island


GSNA Affiliation Deadline:  October 3rd

The Affiliation deadline for this year is October 3, 2016 because the 1st falls on a Saturday. Please send your affiliation forms to the GSNA office no later than October 3rd if you are going to submit awards applications. The deadline for affiliation for House of Delegates voting for next year is December 1, 2016. Affiliation forms can be found in the 2016-2017 Handbook and on this link. All forms can be faxed or emailed to the GSNA office.


 SNA Dues Increase

Recently, the SNA Board of Directors approved a national member dues increase, which will go into effect on October 1, 2016. 
This dues increase will allow SNA to provide enhanced member benefits, support important advocacy efforts such as #StoptheBlock, and help cover the general increased costs of doing business.

Dues will increase as follows:

·         Affiliate Employee/Affiliate Retired: From $16 to $17

·         Employee/Student/ Retired:
From $30 to $33

·         Manager:
From $32 to $35

·         Director/Major City Director/Educator/State Agency/Other:
From $110 to $120


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Message from the President


Well does anyone see a hint of fall?  I am still looking through the drips of sweat for the changing of the leaves.  When I think of the beautiful colors painted against the mountains it always reminds me that even nature gets a restart.  Once we have started up the year and getting a rhythm we need to harvest our restart to continue to stay strong for the rest of the year. 

I live vicariously looking at all the social media, it reminds me why Georgia is on everyone's mind.  Maybe I’m a little partial, but I can't help but bust at the seam with pride.  I hope every day when a child wakes up and gets ready for school, that school meals come to mind when they are planning their day.  We need to make sure that we are making it inviting for them to come to the lunch room.  They have choices even if it is going to the gym or hanging out with friends.  I love being the first face they see and trying to get them on the right track for them to be successful. 

I am starting to travel across this state and I can't wait to see what you all are up to because I know that I will be amazed.  In my area we are gearing up for the Georgia National Fair in Perry.  The fair is a wonderful atmosphere with all the lights and the great smell of all the food.  I am getting better at slowing down and enjoying the moment.  This year I am trying to remember what it was like when I started as a Food Assistant.  Those are my “roots” for how I have grown in School Nutrition.  I remember my first day was making over 400 cinnamon rolls from scratch. I went home with flour and powdered sugar in my hair and some of it even stuck together.  When my husband asked if I enjoyed it I looked up at him and said I am not even sure if I am going back.  Every morning I am glad that I returned and have branched out into areas I thought were not possible. 

I hope that as the Fall Season approaches you use it to drop the leaves that are weighing you down and renew your soul.

Strong Roots, Strong Future

GSNA President 2016-2017


2016 NSLW Kick Off Luncheon
October 6th

GSNA is ready to kick off the celebration of National School Lunch week 2016 with School Nutrition professionals from all over the state! We are going to celebrate the School Lunch and the people that make it happen with uplifting and informative training sessions.

We will recognize the work that dedicated Georgia school nutrition professionals do to have #1 programs. Plan to be there as we recognize our 2016 USDA Best Practices Award winners and celebrate your stories with the GSNA Media Awards.

The 2016 training sessions will help keep YOU & your program in the highest of spirits! The seminars start at 8:30 AM and lunch begins at 11:30. For more information and to register click here.


NSLW Georgia Day Menu

Start planning for your "Georgia Day" menu for NSLW 2016!

Chicken Chili Lime Taquitos with Chili Lime sauce
Chili Frito Pie

Black Bean Salad
Lettuce & Tomato Salad
Tortilla Chips & Salsa
Strawberry or Peach Cup
Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

Lowfat Milk

For more information on celebrating and the Georgia Menu recipes click here.



The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) School Nutrition Team has launched a state-wide initiative to enhance the flavor of school meals and improve the perception of Georgia School Nutrition ProgramsWe challenge you to take the Shake It Up Pledge. Watch the video to learn more!

Schools that meet their pledge will be invited to join us at a breakfast in their honor at the GSNA’s Annual Conference, April 20-22, 2017 in Jekyll Island.

Each month GaDOE will release a training video with activity, recipes and resources.
Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter by sending an email to ShakeItUp@gadoe.org.

 For more information, visit our webpage at shakeitup.gasnp.org


Nominate Your School Nutrition Hero

When we hear stories about school nutrition professionals doing exceptional things to make a difference, we are inspired! It often reminds us of the individuals that we know who also go “above and beyond” their daily jobs. Help us identify this year’s heroes by nominating those individuals who go beyond their everyday responsibilities to make a positive impact in their schools and their communities. The heroes chosen for this honor will be recognized at the School Nutrition Foundation’s 4th Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, which will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration to learn more and to secure a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 21, 2016.

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