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Public Policy Leadership Award

If you know a legislator that supports nutrition issues for the state or in your district, please click the button below to fill out the application for nomination and send it to MAND's Public Policy Committee at If selected, they will be given the award at our annual MAND Legislative Breakfast.


Award recipients


  • 2023 – Representative Michele Meyer (D), District 150 Eliot/ Kittery (Part) /South Berwick (Part)

  • 2022 - Representative Suzanne Salisbury (D), District 35, (part of) Westbrook


  • 2021 - N/A


  • 2020 - Senator Geoffrey Gratwick (D), District 9, Bangor and Hermon


  • 2019 - Representative Patricia Hymanson (D), District 11, Ogunquit, (part of) Sanford, (part of) Wells, and (part of) York


  • 2018 - Senator Nathan Libby (D), District 21, Lewiston


  • 2017 - Representative Scott Hamann (D), District 23, So. Portland, (part of) Cape Elizabeth 


  • 2016 - Senator Justin Alfond (D), District 8, Portland 



MAND is often asked to take a position on bills being considered by the Maine Legislature or on regulations being developed by state agencies. To date, MAND has supported the following bills through written and oral testimonies:


The Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit, formerly known as the Public Policy Workshop, is the Academy's annual advocacy event where hundreds of food and nutrition professionals gather in our nation's capital to sharpen their communication skills, take a deep-dive into key policy issues that impact the health of the nation and the dietetics profession, and develop new personal and professional relationships. Whether you are a newcomer to the world of policy and advocacy or a seasoned advocate, there is something for everyone at the Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit! Attendees receive top-notch leadership and communications training that prepare them for their meetings on Capitol Hill and follow-up meetings with representatives once they are back home.


Food Security

THE FOUNDATION'S FUTURE OF FOOD is a collaboration with Feeding America and network food banks, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Foundation, and National Dairy Council®. The project provides a platform of evaluation tools and resources, showcases existing best practices and nutrition initiatives, and engages health and nutrition professionals to help fight hunger while promoting health.


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