Nutrition Advisory Councils


Are you interested in educating students about the importance of good nutrition and promoting your school foodservice program? If so, starting a Nutrition Advisory Council in your school is the way to go.


Organizing a Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) in your school benefits both the students and your school nutrition program. A NAC serves as a link between students, school foodservice personnel, administrators, and the community. Not only is a NAC a vehicle to spread the word about the important role good nutrition plays in students' lives, but it provides important feedback from students on what they like - or don't like - about their school foodservice program. By involving students with NAC you will reinforce the idea that school nutrition programs are for them.


Nutrition Advisory Councils (NACs) were first formed in 1973 based on the idea that students should have an active role in their school meals programs. NACs offer a forum where ideas can be exchanged for the benefit of all people involved, including teachers and students. NACs are a vehicle to spread the word about the important role good nutrition plays in our lives and encourages student input in school nutrition programs.


Nutrition Advisory Council Handbook

Nutrition Advisory Council Affiliation Form

The Georgia School Nutrition Association continues to sponsor the NAC programs in Georgia. GSNA also sponsors a NAC Art Contest for NAC Chapters each year.

NAC Art Contest

Each year, the Georgia School Nutrition Association promotes a statewide art contest that is based on the GSNA President’s theme for the year.

  • Theme: 
    Mission Possible: How healthy eating helps you stay FOCUSED on your MISSION

Contest Guidelines:

  • This poster should reflect NAC member’s responsibility to:
    • Work toward high nutrition standards in their school
    • Bring about understanding and appreciation of the school food service
    • Become knowledgeable about good nutrition and promote a healthy environment.
  • All students who participate in a GSNA NAC charter are eligible to submit an entry. Three winners will be selected in these grade categories:
    • One from grades K-5
    • One from grades 6-8
    • One from grades 9-12
  • Each district will select 3 winners from each category to submit to the state level for judging.
  • Each entry must be the student’s ORIGINAL drawing on an 8 ½” x 11” plain, white, unlined paper. Poster board is not allowed.

  • All entries must be colorful so they can be reproduced if selected as a state winner.
  • The student’s name, address, grade, and school must appear on the back of the original artwork.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed official entry form signed by the manager, teacher, or NAC advisor of the student and their school principal.

 2024 NAC Art Contest Guidelines & Award Form

  • Award:
    • The three state winners will receive a $50.00 gift cards for art supplies, a color copy of their artwork and a certificate of achievement.

 Contest Deadlines:

    • NAC Art Contest Competition (Local) – January 19, 2024
    • NAC Art Contest Competition (District) – February 16, 2024
    • NAC Art Contest Competition (State) – March 1, 2024


NAC of the Year Award

The Georgia Nutrition Advisory Council of the Year Award recognizes a NAC that has accomplished one special project or activity that FOCUSED on creating a positive image or awareness of its program.

Nutrition Advisory Council of the Year Award Form

For additional information about any of the NAC activities please contact the GSNA Headquarters office