Margaret Tyrrell, MPH, RD, CDN, staff dietitian at Meals on Wheels for WNY, has been awarded the Isabelle Hallahan Award for Excellence in Food Service from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND).
The Isabelle Hallahan Award is presented annually by the NYSAND in recognition of provision of quality food service by a dietitian working directly in a food service management or administration capacity.
Tyrrell has been with Meals on Wheels for WNY for more than 36 years and was the first registered dietitian on staff, serving as the head of the nutrition department during her early career. Today, she works as a member of the nutrition team that ensures nearly 6,000 healthy meals reach homebound and mobile seniors each day between the home-delivery and congregate programs. Tyrrell will retire at the end of June.
During her tenure, Tyrrell has implemented several crucial special projects, including a breakfast grocery bag initiative, emergency food delivery program, and nutritional supplement program. She has also served as the primary preceptor for the University at Buffalo dietetic internship program at Meals on Wheels for WNY since 2000.
Tyrrell holds a bachelor of science degree in Dietetics from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Active in the local dietetics community, Tyrrell is a current member and past president of both Erie Niagara County Nutrition Committee and Aging Services Dietitians of New York State.