Childhood Nutrition: Growing the Learning Connection

GOAL 1:  Educate on why school breakfast is important and close the gap in school breakfast participation in Idaho

  • National School Breakfast Week Idaho video created.
  • National School Breakfast Week Governor's Proclamation read by Lt. Governor Brad Little in March 2017 at Pierce Park Elementary.
  • National School Breakfast Week Governor's Proclamation read by Dr. Linda Clark, President of the Idaho State Board of Education and presented to Capital High School in March 2018
  • Idaho was selected as one of 10 states to receive private sector funding to assist schools with equipment, software, outreach, etc., to implement alternative school breakfast models
    To become involved, contact: Kathy Gardner

    GOAL 2:  Increase access and participation in the Idaho Summer Meal Program
  • The Idaho State Department of Agriculture piloted a 'Farm to Summer' program at USDA Summer Meals sites in July of 2017.  Sites utilized Idaho food products for their summer menu and participating families received a bag of groceries and had an onsite agricultural activity.
    To become involved, contact:  
    Leah Clark

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 Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received numerous 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 in the same year. 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.

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. 


Presenter Dayle Hayes