Who We Are...



New Hampshire Hunger Solutions works to improve the lives of all New Hampshire children by helping to eradicate food insecurity in families.  We focus on the success of the child and the ability to thrive and consider what the lack of nutritious does to development. Policies and programs addressing poverty are also a priority for us, since research proves it is the single greatest threat to kids’ future well-being.



To be the independent and inspirational voice for food insecure children and their families in New Hampshire. 




Elaine VanDyke,Chairperson   

   Kingston, New Hampshire

Elaine VanDyke is a child nutrition consultant, providing management and policy consulting services to Federal Child Nutrition Program participants, advocates and the food service industry.   Previously, Elaine served as director of the Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services for the NH Department of Education.   In 2010, CASA honored Elaine for a decade of child advocacy work.



Lara Quiroga    

   Manchester, New Hampshire

Lara Quiroga serves as the Local Program Director for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) in Manchester, NH, a federal collaborative agreement that seeks to promote the wellness of young children from birth to age 8 by focusing on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive milestones. Lara previously worked as the Project Administrator for the Office of the President and the Accreditation Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation at Tufts University. Lara’s other professional experiences include serving as faculty, community outreach coordinator, child development and family resource center program manager, and Head Start/Early Head Start teacher and center director. She has provided professional development at local, state, and national levels. She received her Master of Education degree in Child Development from Southern NH University. As part of her work to improve the system serving children and families in Manchester and NH, Lara co-chairs the Spark NH Policy Committee and Watch Me Grow Steering Committee, and participates on Pyramid Model State Leadership Team, Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Management Team, and Regional Early Childhood Initiative Community of Practice. Lara volunteers as the Chair of the Board for the NH Children’s Trust and Board member for the Manchester Community Resource Center. Lara lives in Manchester.


Jeanne Pierce 

    Wolfboro, New Hampshire

Jeanne Pierce serves has the Director of School Nutrition for the Exeter Region Cooperative School District where she oversees multiple districts.  With over twenty five years in school nutrition, Jeanne has been able to serve two terms as the State of New Hampshire President in school nutrition where she received the National President Award of Excellence for both terms. She served on the National Task Force with the USDA/FNS to write the standards for school nutrition professionals. Currently, she serves on the National School Nutrition Professional Development Committee and the State Association Public Policy and Legislation Chair. Jeanne lives in Wolfeboro.

Reginald Baird,  LCDR USCG Ret.   

     Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Reginald Baird was originally from St George’s, Grenada in the Caribbean West Indies.  He immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and joined the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 1980.  He became a U.S. Citizen in 1983 at the North Church in Boston MA.

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Reginald Baird served in the United States Coast Guard for over 33 years from 1980 – 2013.   During his successful military career, he quickly achieved promotions through the Enlisted Ranks from E-1 to E-8.  In 1997 he was commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer and promoted from W-1 to W-4 in the following years.  His next promotion was Warrant to Lieutenant as a fully Commissioned Officer.  He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2013.  Commander Baird had many accomplishments throughout his Coast Guard career but is most proud of being founder of The First Coast Guard District Engineer Petty Officer Advisory Group.  The EPOA was comprised of Senior Engineers throughout the First District designed to train Petty Officers in an effort to enhance their educational and professional development.  LCDR Baird received a Commendation Medal for this accomplishment.  Following his retirement, Mr. Baird was invited back to Grenada where he taught forty international students from twelve different countries.  In his spare time, he volunteers at Common Table within the Portsmouth community to assist with feeding about 100 people weekly at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Mr. Baird lives in Portsmouth.


Executive Director

Amy Ireland Bourgault

     Concord, New Hampshire   

Amy Ireland Bourgault’s professional background is in non-profit management and state government policy.  In 2015, she assumed the role of Interim Executive Director of New Hampshire Kids Count which subsequently, in 2016, changed its name and mission to NH Hunger Solutions.  Prior to that role, she was the Executive Director of the Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation where she managed assets including a portfolio of scholarships and endowed funds.  She previously worked within the New Hampshire General  and Executive Branches for 17 years with her last role serving as Chief of Staff to the New Hampshire Senate.  She currently serves on board at Concord Hospital Trust and on the City of Concord Zoning Board of Adjustment.  She lives in Concord, New Hampshire.










NH Hunger Solutions is Supported by:

The Byrne Foundation

Contact Us:

Send an email to info@nhhungersolutions.net

Mail: PO Box 3477, Concord, NH  03302

Phone: 603.225.2264