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AUGUST 2018
Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn
GSNA CALENDAR

GSNA Committee Days
September 7, 2018
Macon

GSNA Executive Board Meeting
September 7, 2018
Macon

GSNA 2018 NSLW Kick Off Luncheon

September 27 , 2018
Macon Centreplex - Macon

National School Lunch Week 2018
October 15-19, 2018
"School Lunch: Lots2Love"

GSNA CROP Show
October 24,2018
The Classic Center -Athens

GSNA Media Award
It’s time to recognize the wonderful support given to School Nutrition programs by social media, print, radio and television media sources, school system Public Relations staff, and others.
The deadline to submit your Media Award nomination is August 31.
We couldn’t tell the story of how children are learning healthy eating habits by eating school lunch and breakfast, or how schools are offering healthy choices, fresh fruits, and whole grain breads without our friends in the media. Please nominate your media partners TODAY! 2018 Media Award
SNA’s New Level 2 Certificate Has Launched
SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program now has 4 Levels! The newest Level 2 Certificate bridge the large jump in training requirements between Level 1 and the old Level 2. There are no changes for Level 1 Certificate holders, but existing Level 2 and Level 3 certificate holders have been notified that their certificate has been renamed Level 3 and Level 4 respectively.
For additional information please visit: SNA Certificate Bridge Level
USDA Announces Program Flexibilities
for the 2018-19 School Year
In June the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced flexibilities for Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operators during the upcoming 2018-19 school year. The Department will continue allowing state agencies to grant whole grain requirement waivers at their discretion, Target 1 will remain the Sodium limit for breakfast and lunch programs, and flavored, low-fat milk can be offered as part of a reimbursable meal or as an a la carte item.


2018-2019 President's Message


Are you “Equipped” to be Service Minded and Hunger Focused?

Welcome back miracle makers! I pray this message finds you rested and excited about the new school year. As we plan and prepare our hearts and minds for a fresh start, let’s not forget why we do what we do, the students.

As leaders in our school systems and communities, we have the unique opportunity to touch young lives every day. Being “Service Minded” can be as simple as a cheerful welcome at the start of each day and a smile at lunchtime. Look around for new staff and welcome them with open arms and open hearts. Mentor those new faces, instilling both passion and a service-minded heart.

So, are you ready to embark on a new school year, that is focused on being “Equipped to Serve”, Service Minded, Hunger Focused?

Community:
This year we will be service-minded, and hunger-focused, getting back to the basics of serving our community, students, and members. Service-minded in the area of our community means stepping out of our cafeterias and kitchens and becoming a part of the community. It means changing our world and future one act of kindness at a time, such as providing summer feeding programs, backpack weekend feeding programs, and much, much more.

Membership:
Service-minded and hunger-focused leadership of our membership includes many areas. Mentoring and developing passionate future leaders is goal one. Our members are the most important and integral part of the education process. School Nutrition members touch lives and hearts each day through nourishing the body and the soul of our children. Building connections with each other and building a culture of willingness to be all we can be will sustain our success for many years to come.

Student:
Service-minded and hunger-focused service of students is the reason we do what we do each day. The heart of our school nutrition programs is truly the students we serve. Many of our students face food insecurity on a daily basis, and the only true meals they receive are at school. The focus for this area will be to not only feed these students inside our cafeterias but outside as well. Thus, focus not only on community feeding but on parent education. The organization “No Child Hungry” states that one in six children face hunger every day and over 46 million families in America turn to the “Feeding America Network” each year for support. This year my prayer is that we change those statistics, even if it is only by one family or one student.

Connecting our students, community and membership is our best way to make a difference in child hunger and change the world one child or one person at a time.

I am so excited about the year that is ahead of us. I can’t wait to see how you serve your students, community and membership while changing lives one act of kindness at a time.

Ready, Set, Go!!!!!!!! Let’s go make some miracles.



Nicole James, GSNA 2018-2019 President

GSNA Seeking Leaders:
Officer Nominations Open


It is time for GSNA to consider nominees for officer positions on the GSNA Executive Committee.

This year we are seeking nominations for president-elect, secretary and school level chair.

Please feel free to recommend fellow school nutrition members that you feel may be interested in being on the 2019 ballot and love the honor of serving as a GSNA Officer.

Candidates must hold a SNA certificate or be credentialed (GSNA will determine eligibility before potential nominees are contacted). Please submit names no later than October 1, 2018. Click here for the Nomination Form.

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