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SNAP Training Dates

February 20, 2017

Gainesville – Lanier Charter Career Academy at the Oaks

February 23, 2017

Macon- Central Georgia Technical College

February 24, 2017

Valdosta - Wiregrass Technical College - FULL

For SNAP Training registration information CLICK HERE.

National School Breakfast Week March 6-10, 2017: 
“Take the School Breakfast Challenge”

SNA Legislative Action Conference
- April 2-5, 2017
Washington, DC


GSNA "Let's Move!" Literary Consortium

March 28, 2017 – Athens, GA
Sponsored by 


Legislative Contribution Reminder

Please remember to send in your State legislative contribution by March 15th.

Your donations help GSNA lobby on behalf of ALL school nutrition staff to the state and national legislature.
GSNA has asked that each local chapter contribute to our legislative fund to assist in these efforts.

Please use the Legislative Contribution form to calculate your local donation amount. 


GSNA 2017 Awards

It’s GSNA awards season!

Do you know someone that deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work?

GSNA has several opportunities for you to help celebrate your employees and friends dedication to school nutrition. Click here for awards forms.


2017 Desk Reference

The 2017 Edition of the GSNA Building Healthy Children Desk Reference is now online and available.
The Desk Reference is provided as a service to our members as a tool to use when looking for products and services for your school nutrition programs. 

It is by no means an attempt to list all companies serving the school nutrition community, only those that are GSNA corporate partners and have provided us with their information.

Because the Desk Reference is only available to GSNA MEMBERS ONLY, you must log-in to your MyGSNA account page on the GSNA webpage to view the Desk Reference.


Executive Board Recap - Updates

Summary of actions taken at the January 2017 Executive Board Meeting


GSNA 2016-2017

Platinum Sponsors


GSNA 2016-2017 Corporate Sponsors
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Message from the President


Hello Family!

It is hard to believe but February is here!  I know this time of year love is in the air and hearts are all a flutter.  I hope that everyone’s year is going well.  Plans are firming up for Jekyll Island 2017 and what a time it will be for all of us!  Please make plans to attend YOUR conference.  It will be a time to learn, network and of course, stick your toes in the sand!  If you have not been to the Island lately it has made an amazing transformation. 

I hope that my monthly messages have made you feel like you are not alone in the great world of School Nutrition.  I have heard from several and know that you have found your branches on the tree of nutrition knowledge and you are growing.  One way to expand your growth is through the GSNA Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy has had a great group of people go through it. I encourage you to enroll in that class when registration opens.  Don’t think for a moment that it is not for you.  I am a product of the Leadership Academy and I felt the same way.  I know my advisor Karen Green shook her head a time or two at me during the classes.  I can’t tell you how it helps you in your day to day work as well.  It is not just for the association it is for you to become more confident within yourself.  I promise you will come away with more than you could imagine.  Take a leap you might just be surprised! 

I want you to know that I understand that we all struggle and that includes myself.  My School Nutrition Family means the world to me.  Watching you implement new ideas and concepts for Georgia’s Children is wonderful.  I know a lot of you are on Facebook and I hope that even if you are just a Facebook stalker that you become friends with programs all across the state.  I am sure even if you are a small or big system you will find one thing that will work for you.  It all starts with a step, not a leap off the cliff.  I keep a sign in my office that says, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.  School Nutrition Employees are the most committed individuals I know and we have and will still move mountains!

 GSNA President 2016-2017

2017-2018 Leadership Academy

GSNA is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Leadership Academy class. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to train GSNA members who show leadership potential to take on additional leadership roles and responsibilities within GSNA, at the local, district, and, eventually, the state level.

Training will include understanding the roles and differences in leadership styles, public speaking and presentation skills, personal assessment of skills, group dynamics, team building, and governance issues such as parliamentary procedure.


To apply please complete a Leadership Academy application and return it to the GSNA Headquarters office by no later than March 15th.


Click here for Leadership Academy Program Outline & Application.

2017 Scholarship & Grant-in-Aid Deadline

Start getting your scholarship applications ready for the Spring deadline date of March 1st. The GSN Foundation awards scholarships and grant-in-aid to members AND their children in the Spring. Applications and requirements are available here.

NEW Scholarship opportunity! National LAC Meeting Scholarship
In an ongoing effort to help its members develop professionally, the Georgia School Nutrition Foundation is offering a scholarship to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2017.


There will be two scholarships available for first time attendees. The recipients of the scholarships will get funding up to $2,500 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals for the National Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.  (April 2-4, 2017). Click here for more information and application.


2017 Annual Conference
April 20-22 - Jekyll Island Convention Center

Jekyll Island here we come! All of the Georgia Grown Peaches of school nutrition will be back on the beautiful island of Jekyll for our year end celebration of school nutrition. Your 2017 Annual Conference experience of “Learning Today and Leading Tomorrow” will give you the chance to make NEW connections, GAIN knowledge and CELEBRATE school nutrition.

So pack your beach bag and join us as we honor our roots and look to the future of Georgia school nutrition. Click here for more information and registration.

We thank our 2017 Conference Sponsors to date:

GSN Foundation Golf Tournament – “Together We Golf” - Wednesday April 19th 2017

Make plans to support the Georgia School Nutrition Foundation with the 2017 Golf Tournament. Join your school nutrition friends in a round of golf at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. Your participation supports continuing education, training and skill development for school nutrition professionals across the state. For more information on how you can participate click here.

SNA Annual Conference - July 9-12, 2017- Atlanta, GA

We have had a great first day with lots of our members signing up to be an ANC Volunteer.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Remember to sign up for a total of 8 hours and then registration information will be sent to you.

Also, several have asked about the meeting on Thursday for volunteers. If you are not coming in until Saturday or Sunday, then no worries. Laura Lynn and others will be available to meet with you to go over your responsibilities.  We don’t want the meeting time to be the reason you don’t sign up!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Laura Lynn at gsnavolunteer17@gmail.com or call her office at 912-462-6109.

To receive a 50% discount on your ANC registration, you must be a National SNA member and volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours (minimum of 2-hour shift increments) over the dates prior and/or during the conference, July 9–12. A volunteer registration form will be emailed to you once we have received confirmation that you have selected the minimum number of hours to volunteer via the SignUpGenius link emailed to you.

You should receive the volunteer link directly from SignUpGenius following this email; if you do not receive the link, please contact SNA Director of Meetings, Sara Kilkenny, so she can resend it to you: skilkenny@schoolnutrition.org or (301)-686-3146.


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