As a founding member of the Academy’s National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition member interest group, she served as NOBIDAN’s executive director for 24 years. Wilder was one of the organizers and charter members of the Dietetic Technicians sub-unit within the Academy’s Dietetics in Health Care Communities dietetic practice group. She was a member of the Academy’s Nominating Committee from 1998 to 2000 and was research chair of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG from 1994 to 1996. Wilder received the Medallion Award in 1988 for her leadership and devotion to serving others in nutrition and dietetics.
In 1992, Wilder and her husband Nathaniel,, who was accompanied her to FNCE® each year, established the Foundation’s Sarah M. Wilder Scholarship Fund for Dietetic Technician Graduates to encourage and provide financial support for continued academic study, professional development and career mobility of two-year associate degree dietetics technicians. The scholarship emphasizes community involvement, especially among low-income people who live in urban settings. The Foundation is proud to honor Wilder’s legacy through her scholarship fund and to provide opportunities each year for deserving students such as the 2020 recipient, Taylor Silfverduk, DTR.