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Act Now: Georgia State Board of Education Votes on Thursday

Smart Snacks (science-based nutrition standards for foods and drinks sold through vending, school stores, a la carte foods sold in cafeterias, and fundraisers) are going into effect across the nation this school year.

However, the Georgia State Board of Education and Superintendent has proposed allowing 90 days of junk food fundraisers —  This could mean more junk food in Georgia schools than in any other state.

This Georgia State School Board vote will take place on Thursday August 21 at 8 a.m. You can send feedback three ways:

  1. Sign a pledge—there are two circulating: an American Heart Association petition and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
  2. Send an email to each of the School Board representatives today. Find their emails here.
  3. Attend the school board meeting this Thursday and share your opinion in person. You’ll need to arrive early if you want to talk. You can also leave a written letter with the board. Go here for more information from GDOE on directions and how to submit verbal comments.

Georgia School Nutrition, parents, school staff and administrators, and  community advocates have  come so far in advancing the health and nutrition of Georgia schools—let’s not give up now!

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