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Student Chef 2022 Registration is Open!
The Fueling Georgia’s Future Student Chef Competition is designed to encourage students to engage with School Nutrition Professionals and learn about the process of planning, sourcing, and preparing school meals. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary skills in a competitive environment while gaining valuable knowledge in recipe development, food preparation, teamwork, and local food systems. In addition, this competition aims to stimulate interest in locally produced agriculture in School Nutrition Programs. The recipes will feature Georgia grown ingredients. The results are nutritious, student-inspired recipes that include local foods and are easily incorporated into School Nutrition Programs.
There is a competition overview, recipe template, scoring rubric, curriculum connections, and lessons available through the above link. To register, email
and provide your (1) advisor’s name and (2) advisor’s email.
Deadline to Register is January 15, 2022
Complete Steps 1-11 by February 4, 2022
Complete Steps 12-15 by February 25, 2022
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
detail about GPP.
Georgia Tray of the Week
The Georgia Tray of the Week Campaign is to be a year-long school meal promotional activity that highlights the consistently high quality of school meals served in Georgia schools. Each Tuesday the State Agency will select and share, via social media, five or more photos depicting Georgia school meal trays served in the preceding school week. Social media followers will be asked to select their favorite menu from the shortlisted trays, with the image having the most engagement by each Friday at 8:00am being designated the Georgia Tray of the Week.
I Met A Hero Today
Monika Griner, our State Agency Area Consultant serving School Nutrition Programs in Southwest Georgia shared this heartwarming encounter from the field. She titled it "I Met a Hero Today", telling the story of the resilience of Georgia School Nutrition Professionals.
You'll want to read to the end.
"I want you to meet Marjorie Murray from #BakerCountySchoolNutrition.
Ms. Marjorie works as a kitchen assistant in Baker County where she prepares and serves students, PreK through 12th grade, each and every day. She celebrates her 70th birthday in January and credits her family for giving her the strength to keep going strong!
Originally from Pelham, GA, Ms. Marjorie has family roots in New Jersey but ended up calling Camilla, GA, her home. The journey to Baker County took her straight through Camilla and across “the bridge" into Baker County. It is true what they say, you better be ready to hang a quick right when you cross the bridge into the Baker County School parking lot, or you will miss it. The history between Mitchell County and Baker County dates back many years, and according to records Mitchell County was created in 1857 from a portion of Baker County that lay east of the Flint River, in the heart of Southwest Georgia. For years, the counties shared a High School, Mitchell Baker High, and it remained that way until individual schools were built. Ms. Marjorie dates back throughout a portion of this history and fondly recalls memories along the way.
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