Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

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 is dedicated make school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected school 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 Position of the American Dietetic Association: 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 from the national School Nutrition Association. FoodService Director magazine recently named her as one of their “20 Most Influential” for 2012.

Hayes has 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 DPG.

14 thoughts on “Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

  1. Dale – you rock! Such an inspiration to read your blog on all the hot places in the US making a difference with school lunch and feeding our youth. I am in Marquette, MI trying to make a small difference at an elementary school as a program advisor for Fuel Up To Play 60. Small wins lead to big wins. Thank you for your efforts and motivation!

  2. Dale, Good day! I am with Second Harvest. We are the Feeding America Member for the 21 counties of eastern Washington and the 5 northern counties of Idaho. Our Mission, “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope”. Last year we distributed over 22 miilion pounds of food to those in need within the 26 counties we serve. My job at Second Harvest? I oversee our member services department…… in short, my group works with the programs and agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, hunger relief programs) that get food to people in need. We have 3 childrens programs, a Mobile Food Bank program and 250 agencies that serve those in need. We work directly with WSU Food Sense and U of I Extension to bring nutrition information to clients. Every year (4th year running) we put on an agency conference, which is up and coming April 18th. My good friend at WSU contacted me and said her supervisor heard you speak at a recent conference in Moses Lake. She was really impressed with your knowledge and insight and thought of our conference and how your words and knowledge could make such an impact. I would very much like to talk with you regarding our conference and if you might be interested in joining us as a speaker. Thank you!

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  5. Dayle, I talked to you in Burlington, Vt last Friday and invited you to breakfast at the school I cook in. My computor will not let me e-mail you so I googled you! Is it Friday, Nov. 14th that you will be in Killington or Thursday, Nov. 13th? Sandy Gilderdale Bethel Schools FSM. bETHEL, vT 802-234-9966 EXT 240 or Thanks, Sandy

  6. Dayle,

    I emailed you two weeks ago about a Nutrition Summit we are having in ND June 9. I don’t think it went through. Can you please call or write? Deb Egeland 701- 328-3718 or 701-391-2884

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  10. Hello,

    My name is Laura Popielski and I am an intern at the USDA Food Nutrition Service office, working specifically on promoting the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms program. I was interested in using some of your article’s images or quotes ( ) for a Back to School campaign, advertising the program. The images would be printed in materials such as flyers and postcards, and be viewed on the our website ( and in Powerpoint presentations sent to school administrators nationwide. Your documentation of schools striving to improve their health environment would help create a powerful and authentic message. I ask for your permission to these images. I greatly appreciate your time and hope to hear from you soon. Please also contact my program supervisor, Ebony James ( with any further questions.

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