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Executive Committee/Foundation Meeting - January 13, 2017 -Macon Marriott Courtyard

Executive Board Meeting – January 14, 2017 – Macon Marriott Courtyard

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

For SNAP Training registration information CLICK HERE.


Georgia Legislative Advocacy Conference - February 7-8, 2017 – Georgia Department of Education West Tower and State Capital - Atlanta, GA

The STRONG ROOTS that Georgia has planted as pioneers in school nutrition legislation need to be nurtured to continue our STRONG FUTURE.   Lobbying for school nutrition is MORE important than ever!  So join us as we prepare for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Session where we will let our collective voice be heard. We will plan our strategies and make connections with our legislators at the gold dome. Click here for registration information.


GSNA 2017 Annual Conference – April 20th -22nd – Jekyll Island, GA - “A Peach to the Beach”
“Learning Today and Leading Tomorrow”

Jekyll Island here we come! All of the Georgia Grown “Learn Today and Lead Tomorrow” 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.

School Nutrition Association
2017 Annual National Conference
July 9 – 12, 2017
Atlanta, GA Georgia
World Congress Center

Volunteer and get 1/2 Price Registration!
Click here for more information on how to participate.

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Message from the President


Happy New Year!

I hope this newsletter finds everyone well and ready to take on 2017!  I can’t believe how quickly my year as President is flying by me.  I have several meetings to attend and I am super excited to see everything that is being accomplished.  Each New Year brings hope and a fresh start.  I am not just talking about resolutions but maybe just life changes in general. 

As we go through our business of serving the next generation of students, I want you to   take some time out of your day and focus on yourself. Most of us don’t spend time on ourselves or may think it is wrong to look out for number one. Someone recently told me that “if you are not your best in life then how can you give life your best”. That was my “light bulb” moment to start living life more freely. I started thinking about what I wanted out of life and what it would take to get me there. My youngest daughter said it best to me “do you Mom” let others do themselves!! Our career is a pressure cooker most days with no way to release the steam that is in all parts of our lives. We all need to find our spout and what helps relieve the stress. So out of the mouth of my baby…take some time and “do you”!!

The 2017 Annual Conference is just right around the corner!  I hope you are planning to join us on the beach! Our wish is that this conference gives you the spark that you need to grow not only professionally, but also in your personal life. So all of you “peaches of Georgia school nutrition” get ready to celebrate the BEST of school nutrition and YOUR year of excellence!   

This journey that all members are taking with me has been one that is hard to even put into words.  Just when I think I can’t be impressed anymore by the work being done across the state, I am proven wrong. I am astonished at the excellence that is served each day in your schools. Each and every one of you are important in order to make your system the best it can be.  We all have hiccups along the way but our School Nutrition family is there to pat us on the back!  We all need to hear a “thanks” or “good job.”  So I am saying to this great state of the best School Nutrition Employees “Great job”.  Always be kind to each other even when it is hard and especially when Sally steals your cart!

 GSNA President 2016-2017


2017 Let's Move! Essay Contest

As part of the continued support of the Let's Move! Initiative, GSNA is once again sponsoring a Let's Move Essay Contest designed for MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 - 8.  The contest is designed to engage students and motivate them towards a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Participants will write an essay about the importance of exercise and healthy eating. 

To qualify participating schools will conduct an essay contest involving a minimum of 30 students.  GSNA will recognize and award prizes to the top performing schools and students.  Winning schools will be awarded a group field trip to participate in the GSNA 2017 Let's Move! Literary Consortium on the University of Georgia Campus Memorial Hall in Athens, GA (March 28th, 2017). 

Click here for information, rules, and guidelines on how middle schools in your system can participate in this exciting contest. 

Please help us spread the word to ALL MIDDLE SCHOOLS by forwarding this information to middle school principals, teachers, counselors, and/or managers in your system.

Thanks to our sponsor .

GSNA 2017 Election Slate- Voting Information

Officer Candidates

President-elect: Nicole James, Butts County - Jeri Wiseman, Cobb County
Secretary: April Cox, Forsyth County - Donna Hendley, Coffee County
School Level Chair: Nancy Bourke, Gwinnett County - Dawn Garrett-Martin, Forsyth County

Candidate biographical information is posted online here.

GSNA officer voting will be done ONLINE only using the link below.

Voting is only open to school nutrition members.

You may click the link below or copy and paste the address into your web browser

You will need to enter your Georgia Member ID to begin the voting process. Voting will be open from January 1, 2017 - February 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, problems, or need your Member ID please contact the GSNA office at 770-934-8890 or email

 2017 Desk Reference

Coming in February -  2017 GSNA Building Healthy Children Desk Reference.  The Desk Reference is provided to all GSNA members and list the products and services offered by our GSNA Industry Corporate partners.

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