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Georgia School Nutrition Association
November 2020 Newsletter


From the President

The holiday season is upon us!

What I love about the holiday season is the change that takes place during the beginning of its transition. The leaves start to turn those magnificent colors of orange, red, yellow and brown as they make their way to the ground. The weather starts becoming a bit cooler allowing for more relaxed clothing. There is a sense of family and togetherness in the air as we start preparing for the upcoming holidays that will bring familiar smells of holiday fare. The season brings about a spirit of tradition.

Just thinking about the seasons changing, time with family and friends and those old yet familiar traditional recipes that I am so anxious to indulge myself in, makes one forget about the changes happening around us.

We have come such a long way in School Nutrition over the last few months. A few months ago our “today’s” seemed impossible. Yet, all across the state of Georgia YOU have turned an impossible situation into something familiar for our students. YOU have made them forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and have given them a sense of family and togetherness.

Yes, the “work” has been difficult, it has been challenging and exhausting. However, if we were to take time to pause, reflect and focus, we would realize the amazing work we have accomplished.

The world is changing. There is no way we will be able to go back to the way things were, nor should we want to. What used to be “traditional” in our programs has made room for innovation. School Nutrition is finding itself in its rightful place in the hearts of our communities by adapting to these changes all because of people like YOU!

As we transition into the next chapter of this year, I would like to encourage each of you to take the time to pause, reflect and focus in your own lives as well. Take time for yourselves and enjoy those little moments that allow you to forget your current situation. Find the time to relax and breathe!

I personally want to thank each of you in every part of our operation who contributed to the success of our programs maintaining its stability and its mission for feeding children. It takes every branch of our organization to pull off the many miracles we make every day. We are truly a band of Soldiers!

In the spirit of the season stay safe, continue to live blessed and cherish the moments around you.

School Nutrition legacy-Georgia Grown

Tessany Lockhart - 2020-2021 GSNA President

“Lead, educate, grow, advocate, Change the World! One child, one act, one voice, one plate at a time.”

2020-2021 Industry Advisory Board

Joel Teachworth, Jr. - Kellogg’s – Chair
Corey Ferger - CGA Reps – Vice Chair
Emerald Wick – General Mills
Karen Ford-Duke - House of Raeford Farms, Inc.
Cal Holloway - Georgia Power Company
Brannen Purdee - The Hansen Group
Robert Davis - Integrity Foods
Sheila Jennings – Prime Food Brokers
Donald May – Horizon Software International

GSNA Virtual Conference Thanks

GSNA thanks everyone that participated in our virtual conference in October. We hope to meet in person again soon but the virtual conference gave us a way to connect again.

We hope you gained valuable information and made the connections that will help you continue to do the phenomenal job of feeding Georgia’s children.

Please be on the look out for some other awesome opportunities through GSNA.

GSNA 2021-2022
Officer Election

The following Candidates will appear on the ballot in the 2021 Election:

President-elect candidate:
Alyssia Wright, Fulton County

Secretary candidate:
Larry Jackson, Furlow Charter School

School Level candidates:
Pamela Stone, Gwinnett County
Adina Tyre, Wayne County

Biographies of candidates selected for the ballot are available to view online by clicking here.

Voting will take place between January 5, 2021 - February 5, 2021 and will be done ONLINE ONLY.

Eligible voting members will receive an email with the election link in late December/early January.

To be eligible to vote, your GSNA membership must be valid and current as of November 1, 2020.

2020 Media Award Winner Congratulations

GSNA recognizes all of the support given to School Nutrition programs by social media, print, radio and television media sources, school system Public Relations staff, and others.

Please congratulate our 2020 Media Award winner, Eva Hiers, Media Specialist -Jeff Davis Elementary-Jeff Davis County.

We are so appreciative of ALL of our media partners for helping us tell the story of how children learning in this new environment. We are EXTRA grateful for all of the media coverage that the school nutrition program has received for the extraordinary measures that SNP programs are going through to continue “Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn” in today’s climate.

GSN Foundation Scholarships and Grants-in-Aid 

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, 2021.

Applications and requirements are available here.


GSNA Office Schedule 

The GSNA office will be closed Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving.
GSNA's  COVID-19 office hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Tuesdays - Thursdays.

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