Are you interested in food and nutrition research, scholarships, awards, public education or fund raising for these worthy programs? If so, then volunteering for the Foundation may be right for you.
The success of the Foundation relies on volunteer leaders to fundraise, serve on review committees and more!
Each affiliate has a State Fundraising Champion volunteer position that is responsible for creating awareness and fundraising for the Academy Foundation In addition, that State Fundraising Champion recruits a committee of Academy members to conduct a special event that will benefit the Academy Foundation. Please contact Paul Slomski for more information on this position at your affiliate level.
The role of the Philanthropy Council is to support the Foundation staff on fundraising efforts for the Second Century Campaign. This leadership group includes members who convey a genuine enthusiasm for the Academy Foundation’s mission and vision for the future, and understand and embrace the campaign. Additionally, Council members have the capacity and willingness to make a major gift. If you are interested in learning more about the Philanthropy Council, please contact Beth Labrador.
Public Education Initiatives Kids Eat Right and Future of Food
Members can download ready-made toolkits and tip sheets to educate the public on a variety of topics, including breakfast, snacks, MyPlate, healthy schools, wasted food and more. There are 11 toolkits with over 35 presentations targeting child and adult audiences.
This website includes tips, articles, recipes and videos designed to help busy families shop smart, cook healthy, and eat right. All content is provided by registered dietitian nutritionists. Members are encouraged to share this website with colleagues, clients and friends.
Award Review Committees
A committee exists for each named award and research grants whose purpose and function is to review applications for Academy Foundation awards and research grants and determine recipients. Each award is assigned an individual review committee consisting of three members who have expertise or experience in the topic addressed by the award. The committees are appointed by the Academy Foundation Chair and serve for three years, unless otherwise stipulated by the award criteria. If you are interested in participating on one of these review committees, please contact Laura Nitowski to provide your name and contact information for consideration.
The Academy Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all scholarship applications and is comprised of 10-15 Academy members appointed by the Academy Foundation Board Chair. Each committee member serves a 1-3 year term. A Chair is appointed each year from among the members who are serving their third year on the committee. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact Laura Nitowski to provide your name and contact information for consideration.
The Academy Foundation relies on donations to provide our Scholarships, Awards, Research Grants and Public Education programs. If you are a student and would like to help the Foundation, please consider holding a special event fund raiser on your campus like Keshia Okorie and get highlighted on the Foundation website, or consider starting a GoFundMe page on our behalf and utilize your social media network to help spread the word. For more information, please contact Paul Slomski.