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Georgia Gems Winter 2013

A Publication of the Georgia School Nutrition Association

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2013-2014 Officers President Valerie Bowers President-elect Kelly Schlein Secretary Tanshelia Harris Treasurer Nicole James Chair of District Presidents Dawn Garrett School Level Section Chairman Regina Williamson System Level Section Chairman Vanessa Hayes Executive Director Susan Cheshire GSNA Office 2372 Main St. Tucker, Georgia 30084 (770) 934-8890, Fax: (770) 934-8917 (877) 221-8733 (inside Georgia) www.georgiaschoolnutrition.com Share your news with other members! Send items and photos to (email preferred): 2372 Main St., Tucker GA 30084 E-mail: patrice@georgiaschoolnutrition.com To Advertise in Georgia Gems Contact: Melissa Connor (404) 325-0558 Plus One Media, Inc. E-mail: melissa@plusonemedia.com Georgia Gems is published two times a year by the Georgia School Nutrition Association. Articles and editorials in Georgia Gems represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official policy of the Georgia School Nutrition Association nor does acceptance of any advertising imply endorsement of the product(s) or service(s).

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Inside This Issue From the President

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Executive Director’s Message

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Calendar of Events

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School Level Chair Message

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System Level Chair Message

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National School Breakfast Week

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GSNA Equipment Academy

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GSNA School Nutrition Assistant’s Training

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2014-2015 GSNA Officers Nominations

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GSNA National School Lunch Week Kickoff Luncheon

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Thanks to our 2013-2014 Sponsors

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Around the State!

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2013 Best Practices Award Winners

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2014 GSNA Annual Conference, Jekyll Island, GA

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GSNA Commodity Reprocessing on Parade (CROP) Show

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Corporate Members

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Advocating for Georgia School Nutrition & Our Members

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Improved Student Nutrition Through the CEO Program

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GSN Foundation Managers’ Retreat & Training

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From the President As they say “time flies when you’re having fun.” What a fabulous first half of this GSNA year. I have been having a blast! It is hard to believe that in a few months I’ll be a PP (past president). But the fun and learning isn’t over yet. Cindy Ham, Mark Conoly and Mike Pollard are planning this year’s Equipment Academy to be held January 15-17 in Perry. If you’ve never been, consider attending this incredibly informative meeting. It’s a very efficient way to learn about equipment essential to our work. February brings visits to our State legislative leaders and the Georgia Legislative Conference. Stephanie Taylor, PPL chairman, and Linette Dodson, co-chair, along with our legislative consultant, Mary Frances Williams are planning a conference that will guide us through the legislative process and provide attendees with tips for getting the most out of our legislative visits. We should never underestimate the importance of connecting with our legislators. White Sumter Forsyth Chattooga Buford Dawson Houston Newton Wilcox Coffee Emanuel Whitfield Liberty Chickamauga Brooks Fayette Marietta Toombs Coweta Jackson Evans Barrow Gordon Terrell Schley Charlton Effingham Treutlen Jeff Davis Early Rome McDuffie Warren Heard Glascock Harris Washington Carroll Dade Seminole Troup Burke McIntosh Union Thomas Hancock Vidalia Talbot Dooly Chattahoochee Bryan Oglethorpe Cartersville Macon Echols TwiggsQuitman Banks Worth Lowndes Cobb Industry Atkinson Rockdale GADOE Spalding Baker Tift Walton Montgomery Pike Rabun Fulton Brantley Lamar Chatham Thomaston-Upson Peach Towns Columbia Gilmer Floyd Telfair Valdosta Baldwin Irwin Decatur Muscogee Appling Crisp Stephens Calhoun Richmond Long Henry Fannin Atlanta Public Bacon Thomasville Dougherty Haralson Bartow Douglas Gainesville Elbert Carrollton Walker Ben Hill Habersham Wheeler Meriwether Wilkinson Trion Clayton Jefferson Bremen Greene Bleckley Talliaferro DeKalb Wilkes Clinch Turner Social Circle Ware Candler Mitchell Camden Dodge Putnam Bibb Cherokee Lincoln Gwinnett Taylor Stewart Commerce Paulding Murray Jenkins Oconee Randolph Monroe Berrien Hart Lanier Colquitt Glynn Polk Lumpkin Marion Bulloch Pierce Dalton Crawford Miller Pelham Clarke Hall Morgan Clay Franklin Laurens Jones Grady Butts Screven Jasper Wayne Pulaski Johnson Dublin Catoosa Pickens Madison Webster Tattnall Cook Lee

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Also in February, Regina Williamson, School Level Chair, will be coordinating our annual training for food assistants known as SNAP training. The one day training sessions will be offered 3 times across the state and are focused on the needs of the kitchen staff. And don’t forget about our State wide fundraiser “Light up the Night to end Childhood Hunger. ” Donations can be made in honor or in memory of people special to you. Or place your order for sparklers!! We’ll light up the night with our sparklers at the final event of this year, GSNA’s annual conference in beautiful Jekyll Island. Don’t miss this issue’s conference information. One glance at the agenda and educational sessions is proof of the planning that has gone into providing you with a fantastic conference experience. Register now. Come be a part of the only professional organization for those dedicated to school nutrition in Georgia. Take advantage of these networking and learning opportunities provided by GSNA. I look forward to seeing you there!

Valeria Bowers President GNSA, 2013-2014


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Executive Director’s Message Dear GSNA Members, Although OLD MAN WINTER seems to be on his way at the moment, I have so enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous leaf colors this past month and know you have also. Like the varied colors in the trees, our lives constantly bring us changes and we have to cope with these. As a past president of GSNA once told me, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Are you feeling especially flexible this year? Don’t forget to take some time for your self and reflect on your own “Thanksgiving thanks” list. Health, grandchildren, healthy children eating lunch and breakfast in your schools, and wonderful new menus probably make the list! And we at the GSNA office are so thankful and delighted to know each of you, who do such a grand job of “building healthy children ready to learn,” every school day. Plus we are excited to welcome the new baby in the GSNA office, Averi! Patrice gave birth to Averi on Nov. 13th, 2013. Congratulations to the new family! We have enjoyed a successful and busy few months of GSNA activities, including the Kick Off Luncheon, CROP Show, Executive Board and Committee Days, and Manager’s Retreat in Savannah. You may have heard about the fabulous “CHOPPED” session at Manager’s Retreat given by Vanessa Hayes. It was truly outstanding! If you missed any of these you really missed some great training and networking. Of course, we are busy working on our events that begin after the new year, with a Board meeting, Equipment Academy, SNAP Training, Georgia Legislative Action Conference and Annual Conference in April (Jekyll...Here we come). Our Manager’s Retreat in Savannah, was another marvelous success, thanks to the planning and imagination of School Level Chair Regina Williamson, assisted by System Level Chair Vanessa Hayes. We all learned that “THOSE

2014 Calendar of Events January 2014 13 - 15 School Nutrition Industry Conference (formerly SNA CNIC) – Miami, FL 15 - 17 GSNA Equipment Academy – Perry, GA 25 GSNA Executive Board Meeting – Macon, GA February 2014 GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference – 4 - 5 Capitol Holiday Inn – Atlanta, GA 11 SNAP Training – Wiregrass Technical College, Valdosta, GA 12 SNAP Training – Gwinnett County Administrative Office – Suwanee, GA 20 SNAP Training – Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, GA

ARE NOT YOUR POTHOLDERS” and how to use fresh ingredients to put together attractive and appealing meals for our students. The learning, networking, laughter, and sharing of ideas was, as always, a rewarding experience. The dates and locations for our SNAP Training (School Nutrition Assistants Program) are in this magazine and on our web site. They are all in February. Be sure to watch your e-mail and the GSNA Web page, plus GSNA Facebook page, for the information. In the office, we are working on this issue of Georgia Gems, Conference planning, Equipment Academy next month, legislation, public relations, and membership. And we are already working with President elect Kelly Schlein on plans for next year! Don’t forget our Georgia Advocacy Conference, Feb. 4–5, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Capitol. This meeting takes the place of individual Legislative visits by GSNA Districts. Someone from every District should be attending the meeting and training on the first day, and then on the second day, we will visit the Capitol in a group. We must continue to help legislators understand that “A Hungry Child Cannot Learn.” Enjoy your friends and family over the holiday season and rest up for all of the remaining GSNA and school nutrition activities in the next few months! With warm wishes for a wonderful new year,

Susan Cheshire, CAE, Executive Director March 2014 2 - 5 SNA Legislative Action Conference – Washington D.C. 3 - 7 National School Breakfast Week – “Take Time for School Breakfast” April 2014 10 - 12 GSNA Annual Conference – Jekyll Island, GA May 2014 5-9 School Nutrition Employee Week June 2014 5 - 6 Leadership & Legislative Training – Augusta, GA July 2014 13 - 16 SNA Annual Conference – Boston, MA

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ell the holidays are fast approaching and I hope that everyone is trying to settle into the new regulations. It will soon be time for us to spend with family and give “Thanks” for all things in our lives. I hope that your National School Lunch Week was everything you imagined and more! I am always proud to be a “lunch lady.” I know over the years we have tried to improve our image from how society has defined us through TV shows and books. I feel we have made great strides towards becoming a professional and managing our part in helping students become successful at school. We all must remember that we are the front line for our School Nutrition Programs and we might not be able to change the regulations, but we can always adjust our attitude in handling every situation as they are presented to us. School Nutrition Employees are probably the most versatile on the

planet. Superman has nothing on us. We are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound but still produce awesome meals to our students all over the state of Georgia. I am only a call away or send the Bat signal for me to assist you. The theme of this message is that we are superheroes and touch lives daily! Not all professions can claim that in their line of work. The progress that we have made in this short time only shows what the rest of the school year has in store for our students. I want you to always remember that “We are School Nutrition!”

Regina Williamson, GSNA School Level Chair

System Level Chair Message

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ell it’s that time of year again! We are settling in to our routines, feeding children, educating the community, showcasing initiatives, and changing the game. We are becoming a vital part of the educational process. School nutrition is like no other profession, we do more than just feed students, we change lives, we become advocates for a healthy America, and we become whatever is needed of us because we have the ability to connect, implement, and create change all with a meal. What is our part as system level affiliates? It is our job to inspire those we work closely with. Inspire them to be the very best as well as present and serve the absolute best quality meals available. It is our job to reconnect those at the grass roots level with our purpose, our history, our mission, and our destination. We have to make sure everyone around understands why we do what we do. Once that piece of information is shared it sparks a huge connection of pride, an overwhelming sense of purpose, and a wonderful feeling of being chosen to perform such an amazing task. We understand that success can be achieved by being who we are and standing on the platform provided by GSNA. We need all leaders to get motivated and reconnected. Being a member of our wonderful organization should not be a choice, it should be a given! We have to understand that our success is directly tied to our commitment and participation in GSNA. Who are we to demand excellence when we offer mediocrity? GSNA provides professional validation to what we do on a local level nationally. Being connected gives a voice to those who normally would not be heard. This is our chance to serve up our

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Menu of Success, be the Shining Stars of the Future Forward vision, to be united in the declaration… “WE ARE SCHOOL NUTRITION” So with every passing day take the opportunity to create epic change, recommit to the call of excellence, and be the ROCKSTARS that we were created to be! Georgia School Nutrition Association, our voice, our platform.

Vanessa Hayes, GSNA System Level Chair White Sumter Forsyth Chattooga Buford Dawson Houston Newton Wilcox Coffee Emanuel Whitfield Liberty Chickamauga Brooks Fayette Marietta Toombs Coweta Jackson Evans Barrow Gordon Terrell Schley Charlton Effingham Treutlen Jeff Davis Early Rome McDuffie Warren Heard Glascock Harris Washington Carroll Dade Seminole Troup Burke McIntosh Union Thomas Hancock Vidalia Talbot Dooly Chattahoochee Bryan Oglethorpe Cartersville Macon Echols TwiggsQuitman Banks Worth Lowndes Cobb Rockdale Industry Atkinson GADOE Spalding Baker Tift Walton Montgomery Pike Rabun Fulton Brantley Lamar Chatham Thomaston-Upson Peach Towns Columbia Gilmer Floyd Telfair Valdosta Baldwin Irwin Decatur Muscogee Appling Crisp Stephens Calhoun Richmond Long Henry Fannin Atlanta Public Bacon Thomasville Dougherty Haralson Bartow Douglas Gainesville Elbert Carrollton Walker Ben Hill Habersham Wheeler Meriwether Wilkinson Trion Clayton Jefferson Bremen Greene Bleckley Talliaferro DeKalb Wilkes Clinch Turner Social Circle Ware Candler Mitchell Camden Dodge Putnam Bibb Cherokee Lincoln Gwinnett Taylor Stewart Commerce Paulding Murray Jenkins Oconee Randolph Monroe Berrien Hart Lanier Colquitt Glynn Polk Lumpkin Marion Bulloch Pierce Dalton Crawford Miller Pelham Clarke Hall Morgan Clay Franklin Laurens Jones Grady Butts Screven Jasper Wayne Pulaski Johnson Dublin Catoosa Pickens Madison Webster Tattnall Cook Lee

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National School Breakfast Week: March 3-7, 2014 “TAKE TIME FOR SCHOOL BREAKFAST” National School Breakfast Week promotes the Benefits of School Breakfast for Busy Families The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for those busy mornings. National School Breakfast week will be celebrated in school cafeteria’s throughout the country the week of March 3-7, 2014. Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and hungry children can’t learn. Eating breakfast at school can help families save time in the morning and knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents. “Take Time for School Breakfast” was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg’s Foodservice.

GSNA Equipment Academy: January 15-17, 2014 Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry, GA Don’t miss the biannual GSNA Equipment Academy 2014. The Academy will offer workshops and demonstrations on kitchen equipment. Each attendee will come away gaining practical instruction on kitchen equipment used in schools throughout the state of Georgia. Please visit the MEETINGS link on the GSNA web page: www.georgiaschoolnutrition.com for registration details.

GSNA School Nutrition Assistant’s Training (SNAP) Georgia School Nutrition Association is pleased to announce our 15th Annual SNAP training opportunity for your School Nutrition Assistants who are members of GSNA. This full day of training will be focused on the needs of school nutrition assistants. We are planning to have three different sessions around the state: February 11, 2014 – Wiregrass Technical College, Valdosta, GA February 12, 2014 Gwinnett County Administrative Office, Suwanee, GA February 20, 2014 - SNAP Training – Central GA Technical College, Macon, GA Space is limited at each site so please register early!! Please check the MEETINGS link on the GSNA web page: www.georgiaschoolnutrition.com for registration details.

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2014-2015 GSNA Officer Nominations Don’t miss the opportunity to let your voice be heard!! Cast your vote in the 2014-15 GSNA officer election. Voting will be done by phone and online. All you will need to vote is your GA member ID. You can find your GA member Member ID ID on the label of your Georgia Gems magazine or by calling the GSNA office. Voting will be open from January 1, 2014 - February 1, 2014. To cast your vote by phone call (888) 997-6533 (toll-free). To cast your vote online go to : https://vtnw.com/elections/org/GSNA/ Eligible voting members with current email addresses in our system may also receive an email from Vote-Now.com with your member ID and a link to cast your vote. In order to be eligible to vote, your GSNA membership must have been valid and current as of November 1, 2013. You will NOT be eligible to vote if you became a member or reinstated your membership after this date. GSNA Corporate Members are not eligible to vote. Any questions please contact GSNA at 770-934-8890. Below are bios’ for the candidates running in this year’s election.

GSNA President-Elect Vanessa Hayes, Director Tift County SNP State Offices: 2011-12 Education Chair, 2012-14 System Level Chair, 2011 Conference Hospitality Chair District Offices: 2012-2014 District PPL Chair Participation: 2013, 2012 Managers’ Retreat presenter; 2013 School Nutrition Assistants’ Training (SNAP) presenter; 2012, 2011 Leadership & Legislative Training presenter; 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Conference presenter Other Professional Memberships: Tuskegee Alumni Association, VSU Alumni Association, Colquitt County Art Center Board, Moultrie Chamber of Commerce, Moultrie Women’s Federated Guild, Moultrie-Colquitt County Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board Goals: 1. To increase participation on all levels of the association, with the focus being on the conference, 2nd training, 3rd membership. This will be measured by participation, surveys, etc. 2. To reconnect and inspire members to become more involved with the association’s activities (local, district, state, and national level). This will be accomplished with education, exposure, and implementation of tools given by the association. This will be measured by attendance, membership growth, and certification data. 3. Reconnect and redirect our focus on our original purpose, mission, and platform. Once members understand our history they begin to embrace the strides of the organization and become a greater part of the legacy we

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are creating. This can be accomplished through documentaries, information being placed on the website, town hall meetings to really become informed on the issues/challenges set before us. This can be measured by the number of attendance at the Advocacy conference, workshop attendance, etc.

GSNA Treasurer Dawn Garrett, Manager Forsyth County SNP State Offices: 2013-2014 Chair of District Presidents District /Local Offices: 2013-2014 District 9 President; Over the past 16 years I have held numerous local and district offices: treasurer, secretary, president-elect, president, and portfolio chair. Goals: It is an honor to be considered for this office, I have been a member of GSNA since I began working in school nutrition in 1996. I truly believe that we, school nutrition professionals, are a very important part of the educational process because a hungry child cannot learn. My goals are: 1. To maintain the financial stability of GSNA funds, investments & securities; 2. To keep membership informed of the financial status of GSNA & GSN Foundation; and 3. To provide financial reports at all meetings and as needed. Better-Stronger-Together...We are School Nutrition.


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GSNA System Level Chair

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Martha Harvey, Director Sumter County SNP

Kimberly D. Kiker, Director Calhoun City SNP

State Offices: 2001-2005 Public Relations Co-Chair; 2004 Annual Conference Committee

State Offices: 2013-2014 Nutrition Chair; 2012-2013 Industry Seminar Co-Chair

District Offices: 2000-2001 District 6 President

Other Professional Memberships: 2010-2012 ACES Committee; 2012 Rich’s Advisory Board; 2010-2012 GEC Cooperative Chair

Participation: Scroll judge; Sixth District PEP – catering, meal service with school nutrition

Goals: 1. Create an atmosphere of support for School Nutrition Directors, Coordinators and managers throughout the state; 2. Provide leadership and guidance to new School Nutrition directors; 3. Represent views and interests of system level leaders at GSNA sponsored events; 4. Create a web of mentors throughout the state to assist new directors with new positions; and 5. Encourage our profession throughout the state by attending local chapter meetings and discussing benefits of being involved with GSNA and SNA.

Other Professional Memberships: FYCA-Thomaston/ Upson; Georgia Home Economics Association State Planning committee (1990-1995); Georgia Nutrition Council (1992-present); Thomaston/Upson County Schools Wellness

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Around the State! GSNA District 1

The Savannah – Chatham County School Nutrition Program had a booth at the 2013 Food Day Celebration in Daffin Park. Pictured are Angelina Bonds, SNP Manager, Lydia Martin, SNP Director, Beverly Brigham, SNP Multi-Site Manager and Margaret Ellis, Retired SNP Manager.

Chatham County Superintendent of schools, Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. and Shawn Kachmar, District 4 Board Member, were guest servers at May Howard Elementary School for Take Your Parents to Lunch Day during NSLW. Also shown is Cynthia Nasworthy, SNP Multi-Site Manager May Howard Elementary and Tybee Island Maritime Academy.

GSNA District 2

Pictures of Robert Cross Middle, Dougherty County, and Nutrition advisory team preparing Nutritious Snacks assisting the students are Ronnie Clark (Team Leader) and Angela Allen (Food Assistant). They are preparing Wraps for their first project.

GSNA District 4

Grandparents Day celebration at Radium Springs Elementary, Dougherty County. Visitors at DeKalb County Ronald McNair Academy for National School Lunch Week. Gwinnett County Peachtree Ridge welcomes guests for National School Lunch Week.

Art work promoting National School Week in Rockdale County.

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Display at District 4 Fall Meeting

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The Houston County SNA participated in the Perry Parade fair opening, “There’s magic in the Fair!” The association won 2nd place and a prize of $100 for its nutritious hat float “School Nutrition is Magically Nutritious!”


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Around the State! GSNA District 6

Bibb County, Ingram Students are growing many items in our school gardens. We began 3 years ago with 3 beds at one school. This year we plant our 9th location with others still planned. Students have learned how to eat healthy and that they can garden at home.

Carroll County, Whitesburg Elementary School firemen ate lunch with the students during National School Week.

Grandparents Day in Jones County - Sept. 6, Gray and Turner Woods Elementary Schools. County Commission Chairman, Preston Hawkins; retired Gray Elementary School Principal, Cecil Patterson; Board of Education Chairman, Ginger Bailey; and Board of Education member Alfred Pitts helped serve breakfast and lunch.

Meriwether County - The cafeteria staff at Manchester High were presented with corsages in appreciation for their work during National School Lunch Week. Many thanks to Dr. Lehr, principal.

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I Spy!! Cobb County - McCall Primary FS detective looking for healthy choices for national fruit and veggie month.

Douglas County SN hosted its annual family festival day where the SN program had a booth and wellness activities for patrons to enjoy and learn more about our program.

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Bacon County, pictured are Linda Wright and National School Lunch Week Guest Local blueberry farmer Mr. David Lee. Mr. Lee came and shared the nutrition facts of blueberries with our students Bacon County Blueberry Capitol.

Coffee County District Meeting celebrating Football Day at CMS with the NAC Group.

Paulding County Pink out for breast cancer awareness month on October 11. Pictured are Sarah Hyatt, Sue Terrill, Yolanda Hicks, Cheryl Sharp, Dayna Givens, Kathy Pitts, Betty Copeland and Donna Rice.

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Around the State! GSNA District 8 Continued

Pierce County culinary staff designed and decorated our homecoming parade float. It includes our new logo www.pcbearcafe.com, “Where Great Minds Are Fed”

Wayne County Screven Elementary volunteers in the media center: Berty Broccoli, Captain Pepper, Weeping Onion, etc.

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Barrow County’s Board of Education members enjoyed serving lunch to Holsenbeck Elementary students. Pictured (l to r) Mitch Churchill, Dr. Gary Huff, and Mark Still.

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Baldwin County - Blandy Hills Elementary School supported “No Child Shall Go Hungry Day.” Pictured with students: Carolyn Rozier, manager; Johnny Simmons cafeteria employee; Charlene Thorpe, principal.

Baldwin County - Oakhill Middle School’s Eco Club took donated $250 from Manager, Brenda Adams to purchase a tiller for their garden. Pictured: Charles Claxton (Eco Club Director and Life Science Teacher); Brenda Adams, Manager; Cameron Thomas, Eco Club President (receiving check); and Linda Ramsey, Principal; Manager, Johnny Simmons cafeteria employee, Charlene Thorpe, Principal.

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2013 Best Practices Award Winners The purpose of the USDA Best Practices Awards is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in school and School Food Authorities (SFAs). The applicants were judged on sustained excellence, innovations, impact, cost effectiveness and efficiency, transferability and presentation. Congratulations 2013 USDA Southeast Regional Award Winners!!

WINNERS IN GEORGIA Working with Local Producers (Farm to School) • Cobb County Schools (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) Fiscal Management • Marietta City Schools • Stephens County Schools (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) Increasing Participation in School Lunch, School Breakfast, or Afterschool Snacks • Bibb County Schools (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) • Carrollton City Schools—Carrollton Junior High School (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner)

Working with Local Producers (Farm to School)

Fiscal Management

Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption • Bibb County Schools (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) Leadership, Development and Program Management • Carroll County Schools • Houston County Schools (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) Promoting a Healthy School Environment • Dalton Public Schools • Fannin County School System • Fulton County Schools • Houston County Schools • Monroe County Schools—KB Sutton Elementary School Breakfast and School Lunch Week Events • Coffee County Schools • Jackson County Schools • Thomaston-Upson School System (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) School Community Involvement • Fulton County Schools—Hapeville Elementary School (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner) • Murray County Schools—Gladden Middle School (Also a 2013 USDA Region Award Winner)

Increasing Participation in School Lunch, School Breakfast, or Afterschool Snacks – Bibb County

Leadership, Development and Program Management – Houston County Schools

Increasing Participation in School Lunch, School Breakfast, or Afterschool Snacks – Carrollton Junior High School

School Breakfast and School Lunch Week Events – Thomaston-Upson School System

Photos courtesy of Sommer Delgado, Communications Project Manager – School Nutrition Program – Georgia Department of Education. School Community Involvement–Fulton County Schools— Hapeville Elementary School

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2014 GSNA Annual Conference April 10-12, 2014 Jekyll Island, GA by Santrice Parks, GSNA 2014 Conference Chair

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ack your beach bags, grab your flip flops and mark your calendars to attend GSNA’s Annual Conference, nestled in Georgia’s very own exotic Jekyll Island. We will kick off the conference on Thursday with an informative session showcasing statewide success stories that will be sure to spark interest and ideas in your own kitchens and school districts. By Strolling through the exhibits, you and your colleagues will be greeted by our extraordinary Industry Partners who will bring you up to speed on all the tools of our trade. You will be introduced to trendy, new food products, innovative equipment and supplies which will ultimately make your job easier. We are excited to have JoAnne Robinett as our phenomenal 2014 Annual Conference General Session speaker. JoAnne’s will also be conducting a School Level workshop that you won’t want to miss!

2014 Conference General Session Speaker JoAnne Robinett JoAnne’s food service career spans 28 years in many different capacities and her varied experiences bring interesting viewpoints to the wonderful world of school meals. As an active participant with SNA, Joanne has presented sessions in well over a dozen states and we are pleased to welcome her to Georgia for our upcoming conference. The best part is that those who attend her sessions don’t just laugh, they always learn!! BEACH THIS

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The newly, designed, hands-on education and sharing sessions will be ideal for training, networking opportunities and just plain fun. Join us for the Friday night festivities, an Oceanfront Beach Blast Party which will host the entertaining Battle of the Bands Beachside Contest (Air Band Contest), tasty hors d’oeuvres the hottest dance tunes, and much more! You won’t want to forget your wallet that night, as we will light up the beach sporting sassy neon necklaces and vibrant colored sparklers with a portion of the proceeds going to the “No Kid Hungry” Campaign. Do drop by the silent auction in search of that special treasure that will be calling your name. Last but certainly not least, help us cheer on our District Presidents as their accomplishments are highlighted and award winning programs are recognized. Come put your toes in the sand with us as we head “Back to the Beach 2014!”

2014 Annual Conference Educational Session Topics (Planned topics- may be subject to change)

• Tell Your Story...The Successes of School Nutrition • The History of School Nutrition: Know Where You Came From and Where You Are Going

• Professionalism in the Workplace • Do’s and Don’ts of Measuring • Communication… ”What You Said is not What I Heard” • The Success of Team Work • And many, many more!!

NEW THIS YEAR…. • You won’t want to miss our Thursday afternoon Opening System Level and School Level Workshop sessions. Kick off your conference experience by attending these in depth best practices/sharing sessions. • Make plans to attend our Friday night Oceanfront Beach Blast Party. Come join in on the fun as attendees dance to the sounds of a party DJ, enjoy fellowship and refreshments at our beach party. As night falls, we’ll light up the night with colorful sparklers. All conference registrations include admission to the beach party.


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2014 GSNA Annual Conference April 10-12, 2014 Jekyll Island, GA Jekyll Convention Center Tentative Agenda at a Glance Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 10:00 am 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Registration for Attendees (NOT Exhibitors) Exhibitor move in, Registration Industry Advisory Board Meeting Executive Board Meeting House of Delegates Meeting Silent Auction Item Check-in Opening workshops: School Level & System Level Dinner on your own Entertainment, Fun and Games

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 9:00 am 9:00 am – 11:00 am 9:00 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 11:00 am 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Registration for Attendees Silent Auction Item Check-in Private Showing of Exhibits Open ONLY to Directors/ Supervisors/Coordinators/Managers School Level Workshop: JoAnne Robinett: Using your Super Powers to Change the World School Level Educational Sessions Exhibits (Open to all) Badges required. No strollers or children under 16 allowed! Silent Auction Open Education Sessions for ALL Leadership Academy Participants Meeting General Session: JoAnne Robinett, What’s Right with School Lunch Awards: ALIRT, Chapter Participation, Membership and NAC Awards Oceanfront Beach Blast Party! Refreshments, music and fun!

Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 am – 12:00 noon Registration for Attendees Awards General Session 8:30 am – 9:30 am Awards: Scroll, Culinary Arts, Scholarship, Grant-in-Aid and Leadership Academy 9:30 am – 10:30 am Private Showing of Exhibits Open ONLY to Directors/ Supervisors/Coordinators 9:30 am – 10:30 am School Level Education Session 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Exhibits Open to All Badges required. No strollers or children under 16 allowed! 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Silent Auction Open Past State President Lunch 11:45 am (for GSNA State Past Presidents and VIPs ONLY) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Silent Auction Item Pickup/ Cash out 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm Education Sessions for All District Meetings 3:45 pm Closing Banquet and Awards 7:00 pm Awards: Ann C. Smith, Heart of the Program, Louise Sublette, Central Office Support, Director of the Year, Josephine Martin Award and President’s Awards

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2014 GSNA Conference

April 10-12

Jekyll Island, GA

Hotel Information To view hotel rates, amenities, availability and to make reservations go to https://resweb.passkey.com/ go/2014GSNA or contact Connections Housing at 404-842-0000. In order to see what hotels are available you must enter your check-in & check-out dates on the website. All hotels offer free parking. Hampton Inn & Suites 200 South Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $169* Days Inn & Suites 60 South Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $119* Beachview Club Hotel 721 North Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $129*

Quality Inn & Suites Jekyll Island 7000 North Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $89 Jekyll Island Club Hotel 371 Riverview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $179* Villas by the Sea 1175 North Beachview Drive Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Rates from $119*

Embassy Suites Brunswick 500 Mall Boulevard Brunswick, GA 31525 Rates from $109* *Rates do not include tax and additional guest charges may apply. Rates quoted are for the lowest price room category and may not be available at the time of booking. Please call Connections Housing at 1-800-262-9974 if you have any questions or problems with the online reservation system.

Light up the Night Join GSNA for an evening of fun under the stars on Friday, April 11, 2014. We’ll dance to the sounds of a party DJ, enjoy good food and unite in an opportunity to help children and families in our communities. As night falls, we’ll light up the night with sparklers and together we will continue the fight to end child hunger. 28.8 percent or one in every four, of Georgia’s children lives in food insecure households. This means that nearly 600,000 children under the age of 18 don’t always know where they will find their next meal. According to Share our Strength every dollar you donate through the No Hungry Kid program can connect a child in need with up to 10 meals. Your tax-deductible gift will provide vulnerable kids with nutritious food and teach their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. There are several ways you can be a part of this very important fund raising event. • Place your sparkler order now and we’ll have them ready for you at the Friday night beach party. • Make a donation in honor of someone special to you. Tell us their name and address and we’ll send them a card to inform them of your tribute. • Make a donation in memory of someone and we’ll post their names to our memorial board which will be on display at the party. Place your order here or include on your conference registration form: You may reproduce this order form as needed.Make checks payable to GSN Foundation and send check and order form to: GSNA – Attn: Valerie Bowers, 2372 Main Street, Tucker GA 30084 Each box of sparkler contains 6 sparklers and is $5.00. Your name: __________________________ o Yes, I would like sparklers ready for me on Friday night.

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All persons (member or nonmember) working in school nutrition must pay a registration fee to attend. A Guest is a person NOT working in school nutrition. All nonmember registrations will automatically include a GSNA membership for one year. You will be emailed a registration confirmation if you have provided your preferred email above. If you have registered but have not received a confirmation at least a week prior to the Conference, please contact the GSNA office at 877-221-8733 to confirm we received the registration. Mark Selection

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Light Up the Night Sparklers Box of 6 sparklers for ___ Boxes x $5 per Box=Total ___ Fri. Night Beach Party *See page 18 for further details.

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banquet tickets for those doing Packages 1 or 2. Package 1 & 2 already includes 1 banquet ticket.

Anyone attending ANY portion of the conference must pay the registration fee. One day registration packets will be available AFTER 3:00 pm on the prior day. PLEASE COMPLETE A REGISTRATION FORM FOR EACH PERSON ATTENDING. Forms received after March 28, 2014 are not guaranteed a confirmation. Paid registrations will be processed first. A FAX will only be processed with credit card or purchase order payment. Mail or FAX your registration, PLEASE DO NOT DO BOTH. Return this form with payment to: GSNA 2372 Main St., Tucker, GA 30084 FAX: 770-934-8917.

Registration Total (RT):______________________ Additional Events Total (AET):________________ Total: RT + AET = __________________________ o Check Enclosed o Purchase Order No. _______________________ o Visa o Mastercard Credit Card No.______________________________ Expiration Date______________________________ Security Code _______________________________ Cardholder billing street address _______________ ___________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________ Print Name _________________________________ REFUNDS: All request for refunds must be submitted in writing to GSNA Headquarters before March 28, 2014. A processing fee of $30.00 will be withheld from all refunds. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE FOR CANCELLATION RECEIVED AFTER March 28, 2014. We encourage you to send someone else. Registration received after March 28, 2014 will be on site registrations. MEAL TICKET SALES: There are no meal ticket sales for on site registrations. GSNA is committed to making all meeting activities accessible to all attendees. For special needs, including dietary, call the GSNA office at 770-934-8890.

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Corporate Members as of November 2013 ACC Distributor’s, Inc. AccuTemp Products, Inc. Advantage Waypoint American Foods Group, LLC Apex Chemical/Tandem Blue Bell Creameries Borden Dairy Company Brazeal Consulting, LLC Bridgford Foods Corp. Brookwood Farms, Inc. Cargill Foodservice Carman Girard Associates Charles Pace & Associates Inc. Cohen Food Service, Inc. ConAgra Foods Country Pure Foods Creative Uniforms, Inc. CTB Foodservice Cybersoft PrimeroEdge Dessert Innovations, LLC Direct South Don Lee Farms Ecolab, Inc. Food Service Applications, Inc.

General Mills Georgia Peanut Commission Georgia Power Company Gregory Packaging, Inc. Hadley Farms, Inc. Heartland School Solutions Hopco Foodservice Marketing Horizon Software International, LLC HumiTEC Corporation Idahoan Foods, LLC Integrity Foods, Inc. JTM Food Group Kellogg Food Away From Home Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc. Kent Quality Foods Key Impact Sales & Systems, Inc. Lagniappe Sales Learning ZoneXpress Long & Littleton, Inc. M & B Products, Inc.

Manning Bros Food Service Equipment Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. Master Marketing Sunlow MCS Software Meals Plus/Education Management Systems Mobile Fixture and Equipment Co., Inc. GA Division Norvell Fixture & Equip. Co., Inc. Nutri-Link Technologies, Inc. Par - Pak, Inc. Paramount Marketing Group PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc. PepsiCo FoodService Plas-Tique Products, Inc. PMR, Inc. Preferred Packaging Premier Equipment Group, Inc. Prime Pak Pro View Foods

Red River Commodities/ Sun Butter Rich Products Corporation Samples Institutional Foods SaniTech Systems Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. SEMA, Inc. SFSPac Southern Equipment Fabricators, Inc. Steve’s Frozen Chillers, Inc Studio 84 Designs Supreme Foodservice Sales The Hansen Group Trimark Strategic Trinidad Benham Company Uniform Sales of America, Inc. Upstate Niagara Cooperative US Foods Williams Institutional Foods Winston Industries

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Advocating for Georgia School Nutrition and Our Members by Stephanie Taylor and Linette Dodson, GSNA Public Policy & Legislation Co-Chairs

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he Public Policy and Legislation Committee works throughout the year on issues that impact school nutrition programs on the national and state level. Our association membership plays an important role as the voice of child nutrition. Every legislative contact made, either on the local, state, or national level, increases awareness of school nutrition and the role our programs play in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. During the FY 2013 Legislative Session, Governor Nathan Deal and legislators demonstrated their strong support for School Nutrition funding by eliminating the proposed budget cuts that were in the Amended FY 2013 and FY 2014 budgets. Many thanks to our membership for the calls, emails, and contacts made to the Governor’s Office. Your voice was heard!

GSNA 2014 State Legislative Issue Paper INTRODUCTION In 1946 Congress passed the “Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act” largely due to the efforts of Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture administrates the school meals program at the Federal level, while the Georgia Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Office manages the program at the state level. In Georgia we serve an average of 1,180,000 lunches daily, and an average of 554,000 breakfasts. The number of schools offering universal free breakfast to their students in 2013 is 376. We have a participation rate of 75.5% percent in our school lunch program and 34.3% in the breakfast program. Additional key points are as follows: • State funding is provided in the form of a salary base to assist with reducing meal prices and promoting quality meals. • No state funding is provided for breakfast.

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• The majority of school lunch and breakfast programs in Georgia are predominately self-supporting and receive little or no direct local funding. Average cost

of producing a lunch (labor, food, equipment and overhead) is $2.75 per meal. • The money generated by meal service pays for salaries, benefits, food products, new and replacement kitchen equipment, some facilities, maintenance, and computer hardware and software. • School meals programs make a significant financial impact on Georgia agricultural products. During school year 2011-2012, Georgia’s School Nutrition Programs purchased food products valued at $353,192,644 in addition to receiving USDA commodity foods valued at $52,532,885. • Georgia also benefited economically during school year 2011-2012 through USDA’s purchase of Georgia agricultural products for use in nutrition feeding programs nationwide. ISSUES • Provide Georgia’s children with quality school meals that promote optimum health and optimum body weight to insure they are ready to learn. • Continue critical state funding to maintain quality school nutrition programs. • Support adequate funding for Georgia public schools. • Increase the funding for the Public School Educators Retirement System (PSERS) from the current $14.75 towards the $16.50 cap per year of service.

GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference February 4-5, 2014 Capitol Holiday Inn – Atlanta, GA Join us as we prepare for the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session. We will plan our strategies and make connections with our legislators as we gather at the Georgia State Capitol! New this year….look for more information soon!! • Scholarships for advocacy conference provided by Industry Advisory Board • First Timers Orientation Session with Tour of Capitol


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Improved Student Nutrition Through The CEO Program by Nicole James, GSNA 2013-2014 Culinary Arts Chair & SN Director Butts County

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s a school nutrition department in Butts County School System, our team is always seeking out innovative ways to accomplish our mission of boosting participation in our healthy-eating programs, and we are so excited to be a part of the new pilot for the Community Eligibility Option (CEO). What better way is there to help achieve three top-priority goals in our school system through one single program? We strive for higher participation by our stakeholders, healthier children in our classrooms, and better relationships between our schools and our community. Thus, the Community Eligibility Option puts a “Capital C” in the word “Community” in our mission to serve our children in Jackson, GA. The key to good nutrition is not only preparing healthy food options, but actually getting students to participate in the school nutrition lunch and breakfast meal program. The CEO program allows qualifying school systems to offer both school lunch and breakfast at no charge, which in today’s economy can be a life saver for struggling families. The Butts County School System has introduced the CEO program for the 2013/2014 school year with a resoundingly positive result. The school nutrition department is serving approximately 43% more students at breakfast and 18% more at lunch. Our elementary schools are serving an average 91% of students at lunch and between 76% and 96% at breakfast. Our middle school is averaging 96% at lunch and 56% at breakfast. The high school is averaging 86% of students at lunch and struggling at breakfast with only 22% of Bridgford 03_7.75 x 5 3/9/12 2:19 PM Page 1 students048-1154 participating.

The implementation of the CEO program is only the beginning to actually getting students to participate in the school nutrition lunch and breakfast programs. One of the keys to the success of the CEO program has been the introduction of a new student salad bar at Jackson High school, serving a variety of fresh vegetables daily. The new salad bar meal option is serving on average 125 students per day. Students are choosing from a spinach salad and romaine mix adorned with fresh vegetables such as juicy grape tomatoes, crisp sliced cucumbers, bell pepper rings, chilled baby carrots and bright green broccoli florets. Proteins include a choice from perfectly diced ham, shredded cheddar cheese and cubed grilled chicken. Improved breakfast participation has been through a breakfast in the classroom program at two of the three elementary schools. Breakfast carts have been strategically placed in the hallways making it both appetizing and convenient for students to partake in a healthy breakfast in the comfort of their classroom. Our success to improve nutrition of the students in Butts County is the partnership that has been forged between the school nutrition program, school administration, parents and the community. These partnerships were developed through activities such as the system wide lunch and learn, positive newspaper coverage, school board support, and other promotional activities. Butts County has come together as both a school system and community to ensure our future through investing in both the educational and nutritional needs of students, which is the true purpose of our mission.

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