Child Nutrition Programs & School Nutrition

Policy and Advocacy

252. The Untold Story of School Foodservice in America

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

It sounds easy: prepare and serve healthy meals for children in our nation’s schools. The reality of it can be far more challenging--but with challenges come opportunities. This session will feature a documentary of the Academy’s dive into several schools across the United States that examines the state of food service equipment and its impact on schools’ ability to prepare, serve and store healthy food options. Child nutrition is more than school lunch; from breakfast to supper, see how some programs are rocking the schoolhouse.

Planned with the Legislative and Public Policy Committee

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1080 - Legislation, public policy
  • 4080 - Government-funded Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 8110 - School foodservice

Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RDN


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Clare Miller, MS RDN LDN

Clare Miller, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian/nutrition with over thirty-five years of experience in the Child Nutrition (CN) Programs. Now retired, she continues to use her unique experience in CN Programs at all levels—national, state, and local—to provide consultation to organizations, industry, and state agencies for challenging projects related to the CN programs.

Prior to retirement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Clare served as chief of a special nutrition unit which provided technical assistance and leadership in the development of nutrition policy and nutrition standards for the Child Nutrition Programs.

Previous to her work at USDA, Clare was a program specialist with the school meals programs for the Louisiana Department of Education and also served as director of school meal programs for 37 schools within the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana.

She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) for over 50 years, has held numerous positions in the Academy, including past Chair of the School Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and currently serves on the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee. In recognition of her outstanding service leadership to the Academy and the nutrition/dietetics profession, she is a past recipient of the Medallion Award.

Clare holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Louisiana State University. She completed a dietetic internship at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Houston, Texas.


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Kevin Concannon, MSW


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Elizabeth Campbell, MS RDN

Elizabeth Campbell is a food security and nutrition consultant who focuses on advocacy, program implementation, and evaluation.

As a consultant and Senior Program Manager at the School Nutrition Foundation, she has supported over 30 school districts implement Breakfast in the Classroom.

As a research specialist at the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) she has focused on research related to improving the nutrition quality of foods distributed through the charitable food network and coordinated the Healthy Eating Active Communities research project helping to collect data on school meal programs.

Elizabeth also worked at Food Bank of CNY for seven years and held many positions during her tenure including Director of Internal Operations and the Nutrition Resource Manager where she led her team’s efforts to develop and implement ‘a no soda, no candy donation policy’.

At the Food Bank of Central New York, she ran the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Now she is the legislative consultant for Food Bank of Central New York and advocates on their behalf with federal representatives.

She is a registered dietitian, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Hunger and Environment Dietetic Practice Group. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree at LeMoyne College where she majored in Human Resource Management and Industrial and Labor Relations and her master’s degree from Syracuse University where she majored in Nutrition Science.


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

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 represented the Georgia Dietetic Association in the Academy’s House of Delegates. She served as the Academy’s treasurer from 2013-2015. Martin was the Academy’s 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 master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham and an education specialist degree from Augusta State University.
In 2016, Donna’s 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 Obama’s 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 about the new School Nutrition Standards and to the House of Representatives Staff on the Farm to School Bill.


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Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received many honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an ADA Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice Award. In January 2012, she received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition and FoodService Director magazine named her as one of their 20 Most Influential. She was honored with a Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Montana School Food Service Professional of the Year in 2013. Dayle delivered the 2017 Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture at FNCE in Chicago.
Hayes served on the ADA Board of Directors where she chaired the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She also is a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association and Past-Chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group .


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