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Feeding Students in a Pandemic: Celebrate and Learn From School Nutrition Heroes


Thursday August 13, 2020

School nutrition professionals across the country have been incredibly innovative and shown a commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children across the country continued to be fed, even when schools closed suddenly in the spring due to the pandemic. In this session, the speakers will highlight the efforts of districts across the country. In particular, they will present examples of innovation, out-of-the-box solutions, and accomplishments with the goal of celebrating what was done and sharing critical learnings that can be carried forward. They will include best practices and practical tips that attendees may incorporate into their own plans for the unusual circumstances school nutrition staff now face.


1. Assess your own school district’s potential for innovative approaches to meal delivery during a pandemic.
2. Utilize best practices to provide meals to students in the school building and off-site during a pandemic.

SNA CEUs: 1.0
Key Area 2000: Operations

CPEUs for RDNs and NDTRs
Coming Soon

Please note that you have the option to submit an evaluation of the quality of this conference directly to the Commission of Dietetic Registration. Email contact: SNA CEUs and CPEUs are awarded after the successful completion of the post-webinar quiz.


  • Sherry Coleman Collins, RDN

    Sherry Coleman Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist, licensed in Georgia and based in metro-Atlanta. She is passionate about helping overcome the divide between fact and fiction when it comes to nutrition and making the delicious bite the healthy bite. Her areas of practice include nutrition communications, food allergies, digestive wellness, and culinary nutrition.

    As a communicator, Sherry is a sought-after speaker and has presented at dozens of professional and consumer conferences across the country. Sherry has published dozens of articles in a variety of print and online publications and serves as an expert to the media. With a particular interest and expertise in food allergies & digestive health, her professional accomplishments include developing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Certificate of Training in Food Allergies and authoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Practice Paper, The Role of the RDN in Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management. Sherry serves as a consultant to foodservice and school nutrition professionals, promotion and marketing boards (including National Peanut Board), and the food industry.

    Sherry is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG, and International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA).She is an award-winning dietitian, having received the Distinguished Service in Media (2016), Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (2012), and Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year (2004) for Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    She is an avid believer in whole-hearted living and uses her podcast, Southern Fried Girlfriends, and social media (@DietitianSherry) as a platform to share stories, wisdom and expertise about mental, spiritual and physical health. Fearless in the kitchen, Sherry develops recipes and encourages others, including her 6 year old son and vegetable-averse husband, to be curious eaters.

  • Kern Halls

    Prior to starting Ingenious Culinary Concepts, Kerns received his initial training in the US Navy (as a culinary specialist) and with Walt Disney World as restaurant manager. Kerns joined Orange County Public Schools (Orlando) as a Training Manager and eventually became a Senior Manager in charge of: marketing, special projects, catering, professional development, secondary menu writing and oversaw 23 high schools.

  • Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

    Martin is director of the Burke County (GA) school nutrition program, which has 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, supper and the summer feeding program. She served as the Academy’s treasurer from 2013-2015. Martin served as the Academy’s President in 2017-2018. Donna was the first School Nutrition Director to be President of the Academy. Martin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and an education specialist degree from Augusta University.

    In 2016, Donna’s work in the Burke County Public Schools nutrition program gained national attention when Michelle Obama and Al Roker visited Burke Middle School to help plant a school garden. Donna was then invited to speak at the White House for Michelle Obama’s capstone event celebrating all the work that had occurred in changing how children eat.Donna was also awarded the 2016 Golden Radish Award for the state of Georgia because of her efforts in the Farm to School Movement.Donna has been involved in numerous public policy initiatives including testifying before Congress about the new School Nutrition Standards and to the House of Representatives Staff on the Farm to School Bill.

August 13, 2020
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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