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OCTOBER 2018
Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn
GSNA CALENDAR
 
 
National School Lunch Week 2018
October 15-19, 2018
"School Lunch: Lots2Love"
GSNA Managers' Retreat & Training
October 18-19
Epworth by the Sea- St. Simon's
GSNA CROP Show
October 24,2018 - for registration information click here
The Classic Center -Athens
GSNA School Nutrition Assistants Training Program (SNAP)
November 1-2, 2018 - for registration information click here
Georgia FFA-FCCLA- Covington, GA
GSNA Industry Seminar
December 6-7, 2018 - for registration information click here
Callaway Gardens Resort-Pine Mountain, GA
 
 
GSNA 2018 Media Award Winner: 
Denielle Saitta - Fulton County Schools 
Congratulations to the 2018 Media Award winner, Denielle Saitta, Project Manager Marketing & Communication- Fulton County Schools. Denielle was nominated by - Alyssia Wright, School Nutrition Director, Fulton County. Denielle used social media, newsletters, printed brochures, the website and presentations to parents and industry partners to spread the word about the wonderful things happening in Fulton County School Nutrition. She highlighted the “Georgia Grown” ingredients in menus, and shared the process for developing menus according to USDA Guidelines. Because of her work, local media outlets have featured clips and menus from Fulton County, always with a “Positive Spin” on the healthy meals provided for the students in Fulton County. Congratulations to Denielle Saitta for her contribution to “Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn”.
 
 
2018 Best Practice Awards 
Congratulations to all of the 2018 USDA Best Practice Award winners.
To see a list of the state winners and the Georgia Southeast Regional winners click here. View winner's photos on Facebook.
 
 
 SNA Dues Increase in Effect
The SNA Member Dues Increase went into effect on October 1, 2018.
Affiliate Employee/Affiliate Retired: From $17 to $18
Employee/Student/ Retired: From $33 to $36
Manager: From $35 to $38
Director/Major City Director/ Educator/ State Agency/Other: From $120 to $130

Click here for a copy of the NEW SNA membership application.
  
 
GSN Foundation Scholarships & Grants 
The GSN Foundation Winter scholarship and grant in aid deadline is December 15th. GSNA members can submit their scholarship forms for the Winter deadline.

This deadline date applies to Members ONLY.

Scholarships and Grant in Aid for children of members is March 1, 2019.
Applications and requirements are available here.

SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2019 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) 2019.
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. (February 24-26, 2019). The recipients will be responsible for making registration and travel arrangements. GSNA will reimburse all expenses up to $2,500 for each recipient.
  
Click here for more information and an application.
Deadline to apply is December 15th.

SNS Credential Exam Grant

GSN Foundation is also offering a $500 grant to cover expenses for a member that is sitting for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam. If you are thinking of becoming SNS Credentialed apply for the funding to help with your expenses such as books, study guides, application fee, etc. The deadline to apply for the grant is December 15th.
 Click here for the grant application.
For more information about the SNS designation visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/Credentialing/
 
 
 School Gardens Grants
NEW This Year – Schools gardens are an effective way to promote life-long healthy eating habits as well as provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning.
The GSN Foundation Trustees have set aside funds in its 2018-2019 budget to provide four (4) $500 grants to aid schools with starting/maintaining a school garden.
Click here for a grant application and more information on how to qualify.

President 's Message

 

Dear Miracle Makers,
  
Well,I guess the old adage is true, time really does fly when you are having fun. I cannot believe we are in October already. We kicked off one of my most favorite weeks of the year, National School Lunch Week, with a day of celebration in Macon. The festivities included, awesome training and lunch with the family.
However, the excitement has only begun with the Manager’s Retreat, SNAP Training and Crop Show right around the corner. My miracle makers are you ready for a month of learning and life changing memories, you do not want to miss a single event.

Season of Change: As October starts, a new season of change is in the air. The weather is getting that cool nip in the evenings with the sun going down before we even get home from work. Chili and soups start popping up on lunch menus and pumpkins are everywhere.
Fall enters in all its glory with leaves turning colors like those that we have never seen before. I really feel that hearts are changing from your acts of kindness and servant leadership. How can we encourage others to embrace a season of change?

Changing Hearts: With the fall creeping in and the holidays on the horizon, kindness is in the air. The holidays seem to bring our open hearts along with a spirit of giving and servitude that we do not see every month.

I often wonder what our world would look like if the spirit of the holidays were present all year long. Would world hunger be lower and would our school culture be different? So, miracle makers lets carry the spirit of the holidays into the new year and influence hearts to be changed all year long. Changing our world one heart at a time.

Ready, Set, Go!

GSNA President 2018-2019

 

Industry Seminar - December 6-7, 2018
EARLY Registration Deadline:  November 9th

Join GSNA at our 2018 Industry Seminar! The beautiful gardens and holiday lights of Callaway Gardens & Resort will be the backdrop for our Industry Seminar, December 6th – 7th.

Come see what Georgia’s school nutrition vendors have to offer in products and services. You will also learn what it takes to be a “Servant Leader” as well as a preview of a new culinary training, Culinary Rooted In Georgia, offered by Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Organics.

Click here for more information and to register.
 

 National School Lunch Week 2018

National School Lunch Week officially kicks off on October 15, are you ready to celebrate #NSLW18 with #Lots2Love? If you haven’t finalized your lunch week plans, don’t worry! SNA has some last-minute ideas to help you share your love for school lunch during the week-long celebration.
Go social—check out social media tips and the images and memes on the Marketing and PR Resources page to get started. As an added bonus, SNA members have access to SNA’s “Sharable Content” page with even more NSLW social media images! Don’t forget to tag @GA_SNA in your social posts!
Georgia Day Menu
Add a little “Georgia” love to your NSLW with the specially crafted menu by GSNA Nutrition Committee.
Bowl’d Fresh Burrito Bowl served w/ Mexi Toppings
Kale Salad
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Mexi Fruit
Fresh Apples
Choice of Milk
• Entrée was developed by students at Maxwell High School in Gwinnett County. This recipe was the winner of the Georgia Shake It Up Student Chef and the Southeast Regional Student
Chef Competition.
• Menu includes Georgia Grown ingredients
• Menu Includes Harvest of the Month, National Farm to School month and Kickin’ it with Kale promotional ingredients.
Click here for more information about the “Georgia Day Menu”.

 
 GSNA Affiliation
GSNA Nutrition Advisory Council Affiliation
Thank you to the NAC groups around the state that affiliated with GSNA. Click here to see the GSNA NAC affiliated groups. These groups are eligible for the NAC of the Year award and GSNA NAC grants.

GSNA Affiliation
Congratulations and good luck to all of the GSNA affiliated chapters. These chapters are now eligible to apply for GSNA awards and recognition at the 2019 Annual Conference in Athens – April 11th – 13th. Click here for the list of affiliated chapters. Any chapter wishing to affiliate but not apply for awards has a deadline of December 2, 2018.

 

Platinum Sponsors
   
Gold Sponsors
  
Silver Sponsor/ NSLW Kick Off Luncheon

Leadership Academy
 
 2019 Conference Sponsors
Name badge holder 

 Director's Lounge/ 
Malcolm Quillen School Nutrition Hero Award

 
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