Karen Hallford

Director of School Nutrition

Gwinnett County School District

Karen Hallford is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of School Nutrition for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Karen has been working in school nutrition the past 15 years, with 5 years in clinical pediatric nutrition prior to that.

Karen received a FAME Silver Spirit award in 2018 and has served as the Chair of the Nutrition Committee for the Georgia School Nutrition Association and as a member of SNA’s Nutrition and Research Committee. She is also a mother to two boys—and both eat school lunch every day.

Ideas@Work Session

Monday, July 11, 2022 

8:00 am – 8:30 am, repeated 8:45 am – 9:15 am

Virtual Built the Cafeteria Star

Serving safe and delicious meals is and has always been Gwinnett County SD’s top priority. And when
the school system announced they would be transitioning to a 100% virtual learning method in a matter
of days, the Gwinnett team jumped into action and began offering meals curbside at 135 locations and
from 500 buses. This Ideas@Work session will detail the innovative ways that a program can continue to
operate as a customer-focused foodservice establishment while meeting the ever-changing needs of the
Additional Speaker: Ken Yant
Target Audience: All