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Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

Burke County Public Schools

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 and supper. Martin has received honors and awards including Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year from the Georgia Dietetic Association and the Excellence in Practice Award from the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group; She served as the Academys treasurer from 2013-2015. Martin served as the Academys President in 2017-2018. Donna is the first School Nutrition Director to be President of the Academy. Martin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned a masters degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham and an education specialist degree from Augusta State University.
In 2016, Donnas 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 Obamas 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 twice about the new School Nutrition Standards and to the House of Representatives Staff on the Farm to School Bill.