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GaDOE School Nutrition Director Named 2010-2011 School Nutrition Association President

 MEDIA CONTACT:   - Matt Cardoza, mcardoza@gadoe.org, 404-651-7358  - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook     August 9, 2010  – Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice was recently named the 63rd president of the School Nutrition Association (SNA). During the closing session of the SNA's 64th Annual National Conference, over 5,000 members and participants welcomed Ms. Rice to her new post.   "I congratulate Nancy for this distinguished honor and am proud to have one of our own be selected for this prestigious position," said State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant. "As a past president of a national advocacy association, I understand the importance of such a position and the perspective that it brings to the individual and state. I appreciate her willingness to serve the school nutrition community in this capacity."   Rice has held a distinguished career in the school nutrition arena for 25 years. In 2008, Rice accepted her position as State Director, School Nutrition Division at Georgia’s State Department of Education, where she oversees child nutrition programs throughout the state, serving approximately 1,188,000 lunches and 516,000 breakfasts daily.   Prior to joining the Department, Rice successfully managed three school nutrition programs, working as Nutrition Services Director for the Clayton County Board of Education (2006–2008), the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education (1996–2006), and the Pike County Board of Education (1993–1996).  Nancy Rice has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia State University (2001-2009), teaching classes in Nutrition Services and Food Service Management.   Rice has earned numerous awards throughout her career, most notably receiving the Dr. Josephine Martin Award of Excellence in 2000, the highest honor from the Georgia School Nutrition Association.  Rice, a Registered Dietitian who launched her career in the field of clinical dietetics, has also received awards from the Georgia Dietetic Association.   Nancy Rice earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Institution Management and her Master of Education in Nutrition and Food Service Management from the University of Georgia.    "I am honored to serve as president of the School Nutrition Association and to represent the state in this position," said Rice. "I am continuously inspired and motivated by school nutrition professionals in Georgia and the rest of the nation. We have made great strides to improve the variety of healthy foods offered to our students and customers, and during my term of office we will continue to strengthen and build upon that important work."   More Information:  --  School Nutrition Magazine article featuring Nancy Rice     The  School Nutrition Association  is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.