Academy Foundation Blog

February 2022 Chair Message

By Foundation Admin posted 01-31-2022 02:06 PM

  

In Times of Great Need, Our Academy and Foundation Put Our Members First!


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Foundation work together to empower Academy members and make an impact on food and nutrition students and practitioners through scholarships, awards, grants, fellowships and public nutrition education programs. We also work together to assist our members when they need our help the most.

In 2005, following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors established a Disaster Relief Fund through the Foundation with an initial $100,000 contribution. The fund was created to provide support for emergency personal and professional life-rebuilding efforts of Academy members impacted by FEMA-declared natural disasters. An additional generous contribution of $50,000 from the Commission on Dietetics Registration, as well as donations from DPGs, MIGs, Affiliates and individual members contributed to growing and maintaining the fund. A second Academy Board directed donation of $100,000 in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey and Maria kept the fund active. To date, the fund has awarded $296,262 to 264 nutrition and dietetics professionals and students.

In response to recent FEMA disasters including the recent devastating fires in Boulder, Colorado, the Academy has approved an additional contribution of $100,000 to replenish the Disaster Relief Fund.

We are all proud of the important contribution our Academy Board has authorized and the impact that it will have on the lives of so many nutrition and dietetics professionals in time of crisis. With this gift we are able to respond to the needs of our members affected by the devastating Boulder, Colorado fires and beyond. It’s comforting to know that the Academy always puts the needs of our members first.

To join the Academy Board in showing your support donate today by using our online contribution form and selecting the Disaster Relief Fund.

Warmly,
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Chair, 2021-2022
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation


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