MTAND 2017 Award of Excellence for Nutrition Advocacy

2017 Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Award of Excellence

for Nutrition Advocacy


Since 2008, the Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MTAND), formerly the Montana Dietetic Association, has honored non‐dietitians with an Award of Excellence for Nutrition Advocacy. The award is presented to individuals who have worked to optimize the health for Montanans as advocates for food and nutrition. The awards were presented at the annual MTAND Food and Nutrition Summit on June 8, 2017 in Billings, Montana. The 2017 recipients are the following:

  • Scott Brant. Scott is an integral member of FAST Blackfeet (Food Access and Sustainability Team), an active group of citizens and professionals working to promote access to food for the Blackfeet community. In 2011, Scott established Blackfeet Nourish, a nonprofit though which Scott transports ~1000 pounds of food every other Friday from Whitefish to Browning where the food is delivered to the Blackfeet Food Bank, public school districts Backpack program, and the Families in Transition program.  Additionally, Scott has secured donations of kitchen equipment and clothing for the Blackfeet community.

Hometown: Whitefish, MT 59937

  • Lorianne Burhop. As the Chief Policy Officer of the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN), Lorianne’s work focuses on bringing lasting and long-term solutions to hunger through public education and policy actions at the state and national levels. Her goal to create access to healthy and nutritious food goes beyond providing food to fill the needs of hungry people. She accomplishes this goal by promoting Breakfast in the Classroom, assessing the level of hunger among seniors through the Senior Hunger Team of the Food Security Council, and developing the Hungry in Montana report before each state legislative session. Additionally, she has also established a working relationship with the staff of Montana’s Congressional delegation.
    Hometown: Missoula, MT 59808
  • Dawn Thomas. Dawn is a member of Flathead Nation and Salish Elder. With her training in ethnobotany and community gardening, Dawn developed a Native Plan Nursery at the Salish Kootenai College and a native plant manual for her tribe. She has worked on a grant from the Montana State University Food and Health Lab to increase the level of fresh food into commodity programs. She is spearheading the Salish Kootenai College’s first Local Food Summit in 2017.

Hometown: Arlee, MT 59821