School Nutrition in the News!
DHS Issues Summer 2022 Benefits to Eligible Children
The P-EBT hotline with the Department of Health and Human Services is active. The Hotline phone number is 888-421-3281.
For customer service please call 877-423-4746
On December 20, 2022, the Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Family & Children Services began issuing Summer P-EBT. These benefits cover the 2022 summer months for eligible children. Please remember that children are eligible for summer P-EBT if they were enrolled in a K-12 Georgia school and approved as eligible for free or reduced priced lunch through the National School Lunch Program. All eligible children will receive $391 for summer P-EBT. Please see below are links to P-EBT issuance communications that may assist you with questions you might receive from parents.
Georgia Tray of the Week
The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division is delighted to launch our second year of school meal tray competition! The overwhelming success from our inaugural season was fantastic, reaching over 500,000 viewers during the campaign. This year we will once again highlight this week's winning tray right here on our home page
(see photo on right). A running list of previous week's winners (and last year's archive) are
I Met a Hero
I want you to meet Ms. Fran Crews from Spring Creek Charter School Nutrition. Ms. Fran, better known to students as “Mimi,” was instrumental in opening the Spring Creek School Nutrition Program. Now in the fourth year of operation, the school continues to grow and expand from what was once an elementary school to one which now houses 9th-grade students as well. During a recent visit, I was impressed to see the “ease” with which Ms. Fran and her staff make meal prep and service appear to cafeteria visitors; however, behind-the-scenes it is not so easy.
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Free and Reduced Meal Applications
For the school year 2022-2023, school districts are requesting all families to complete and submit a Free and Reduced Meal Application to be considered for school meal benefits. For information about your school district, please contact your local School Nutrition Program.
CLICK HERE to download this poster
Want to understand how the Free & Reduced Application benefits all children in the State of Georgia? Listen to the FuelCast Episode
Dr. Linette Dodson
and Dr. Ken Banter,
Georgia Department of Education Senior Title I Program Manager.
School Nutrition Award of Excellence
This NEW award recognition opportunity, upholding both the standards of Georgia School Nutrition and excellence envisioned by Dr. Josephine Martin, is aimed at recognizing the exceptional work of local school nutrition professionals. The award distinguishes the commitment to serving quality school meals and providing excellent customer service while maintaining program integrity. Award criteria collected from August 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023 will include a formula reflective of menu standards, service of Georgia Grown products, student meal participation, school nutrition promotion plan, and health inspection scores. The application will also require a letter of support from a school/district level administrator or community partner providing a demonstration of customer service and student engagement. For this recognition, up to three awards per Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) region will be awarded. CLICK HERE for more details!
Win-Win with Great Promise Partnership
Great Promise Partnership (GPP) is an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Department (CTAE). GPP is the work-based learning placement for students in danger of not graduating, providing an educational opportunity that allows students to receive on-the-job training and life skills. Not only will this program help these students gain transferable skills while earning a much-needed paycheck, but it will also help with developing a workforce pipeline for your school nutrition program. Click here to read a letter from Dr. Dodson and detail about GPP.
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