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Martin to Receive 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Julie Curtis
Child Nutrition Foundation
(703) 739-3900, ext. 145

Martin to Receive 2006 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 9, 2005) – Dr. Josephine Martin, whose influence and contributions to child nutrition have spanned over half a century, has been selected to receive the 2006 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. This prestigious award honors champions of child nutrition and was named for Gene White, an extraordinary woman who dedicates her life to children and the benefits that good nutrition can provide them. Other recipients of this award include Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern. Dr. Martin will be honored at the 3rd annual “A Possible Dream” Gala on March 13, 2006, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Dr. Martin’s contributions began with her employment at the Georgia Department of Education in 1950 as the assistant school lunch director. In the decades since then she has remained a fervent advocate for child nutrition, influencing legislation on the community, state and federal levels. In the 1960’s she accompanied Senator Herman Talmadge on a tour of hunger in Georgia and was asked to write the bill that later became the 1966 Child Nutrition Act.

“A strong leader with integrity and principles, Dr. Martin has wielded her networking skills and influence to achieve many lasting contributions to the [National] School Lunch Program,” said Joan Williams, president of the Georgia School Nutrition Association.

As national president of the School Nutrition Association(formerly the American School Food Service Association), she was instrumental in getting the National Food Service Management Institute included in legislation. Ten years later, she was coaxed out of retirement to be the first full-time director of the Institute.

During this extraordinary evening at this fundraising gala, two other champions of child nutrition will be honored. Demetrious Giovas, the 2005 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, and Tami Cline, the 2005 SNA Industry Member of the Year, will be recognized for their tremendous contributions to child nutrition.

SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, which will be held on March 12-15, 2006, is unparalleled in its importance to SNA members and the child nutrition programs in the United States. SNA members will honor true child nutrition champions on Monday evening and then take their advocacy to the Hill Tuesday morning.

The Child Nutrition Foundation
The Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) SNA ( is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.