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School Nutrition is a valuable partner in education, pledging to provide coordinated support for outstanding student achievement through our commitment to excellent service in each of these core areas: Quality Meals, Student and Community Engagement, and Professional Development.
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GaDOE School Nutrition Cafeteria Award of Excellence 2024
This school-level 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, 2023 through April 30, 2024 will include a formula reflective of menu standards, service of Georgia Grown products, student meal participation, school nutrition promotion plan, and health inspection scores for the nominated school. 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.
All Georgia school cafeterias participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program are eligible to apply. To be considered, all supporting documentation must be from school year 2023 including August 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024.
The application open period is December 11, 2023 – April 30, 2024. Applications will not be accepted after April 30, 2024.
To apply for the award, click the application webpage link below. An application checklist is included on the webpage as well. Applicants may find it helpful while fulfilling award application requirements.
GaDOE School Nutrition Cafeteria Award of Excellence Application and supporting documents for School Year 2024
We are excited to provide this opportunity to recognize the consistent great work our school nutrition professionals exhibit daily!
Georgia Tray of the Week is Back!
The Georgia Tray of the Week Campaign is a school meal promotional activity that highlights the consistently high quality of school meals served in Georgia schools. Each Tuesday the State Agency selects and shares 4-6 photos via social media depicting Georgia school meal trays served in the preceding school week. Social media followers select their favorite menu from the shortlisted trays, and the image having the most engagement by each Friday at 8:00am is designated the Georgia Tray of the Week.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Beginning July 1, 2023, school districts will begin taking Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the school year 2023-2024. 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.
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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.
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.