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We regret to inform everyone that GAAND will be disbanding for the 2020-2021 year.


 If you are looking for an active regional affiliate, check out the  Greater Cleveland affiliate or go to to find the closest affiliate to you.  


We thank everyone for their support and hope in the future GAAND may be revived. 




2019-2020 GAAND Meetings 


Tuesday, September 17th 6:00 PM

Location: Akron Main Library 

60 S High St, Akron, OH 44326

Meeting held in Meeting Room 1 found on the High Street level of the building

Parking: $2 Parking in lot next to library, across from the Akron Art Museum, called the High & Market Parking Deck

Speaker: Julie Bombacino, Co-Founder, CEO of Real Food Blends

Topic: The presentation title  is "Real Food Nutrition for People on Feeding Tubes"  discussing the products from Real Food Blends and it's new approval through Ohio Medicaid. 





Tuesday, October 12th  6:00pm

Reciprocal Stark Dietetic Association Meeting - as a member of GAAND you can attend for free and earn a CEU

Location: Mercy Medical Center

1320 Mercy Drive Northwest, Canton, OH 44708

Held in the Ambulatory Conference Room ((this is in the lower level and can be accessed in the hallway near the gift shop and Subway)

Speaker: Dr. Deb Marino, MPH, RDN

Topic: Nutrition on Mission:Services within a Central America Community

"Join us as Deborah Marino, Ph.D, MPH, RDN shares how she and her husband (a physician) address malnutrition and other nutritional challenges in Central American communities with limited resources."

Please RSVP on their Facebook event which can be found below


Thursday, October 17th  6:30 PM

(Tentative Board meeting prior at 5:30 PM)

Location: Portage Lakes Acme Market

3235 Manchester Rd, Akron, OH 44319

Held in the Community Room on the right side of the store towards the back. There is a big sign on the wall that says "Community Room."

Parking: In store lot

Speaker: Ashley Ritz, Director of Nutrition Services of Canton Local Schools, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) of Ohio Treasurer and Young Professionals Chair, and the SNA S.A.N.D.S Vice President

Topic: School Nutrition, Farm to School and Wellness Initiatives


Tuesday, November 12th 6:00 PM

Location: The University of Akron- Shrank Hall South

264 Carroll St Akron, OH 44304

Meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the building, Room 209

Parking: See map to the right ------------------------------>

Speaker:  Christina Scalese RDN, LD,

RYT of and LakeWest DBT Center

Topic: Mindfulness and Yoga

Please click the PDF for a parking pass

The parking pass needs to be displayed on

the dashboard of the car. 



Thursday, January 30th  6:30 PM

(Tentative Board meeting prior at 5:30 PM)

Location: Kent State Food Lab

100 Nixson Hall, 1225 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242

Speaker: Xavier Smith, Executive Chef at NEOMED

Topic: Creating Vegetarian Soul food that soothes your craving, but is healthier for you!

12th Annual Nutritious & Delicious Event 2020

Location: The NEW Center at NEOMED

Date: Thursday March 12th

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

See the N&D tab at the top of this page for more details.

No April Meeting due to COVID-19

99th Annual OAND Conference (CANCELLED)

April 16-17th, 2020

Marriott Columbus University Area

Columbus, OH


No May Social due to COVID-19

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