General Mills Foodservice has awarded grants of up to $2,000 each to 27 K-12 schools across the country through the National Dairy Council Fuel UpTM Breakfast Grant program. A total of $50,000 in funding was awarded to help schools build or expand their breakfast programs. Since 2009, the program has awarded more than $325,000 to schools nationwide.
According to the 2012-13 applications, many schools plan to use the funds to add programs that serve students breakfast outside of the cafeteria, including breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go kiosks and second chance breakfast after first period.
“A healthy breakfast is essential for students to fuel up and be at their best,” said Jean H. Ragalie, RD, president of the National Dairy Council. “We’re honored to work with organizations like General Mills Foodservice to make healthier meals accessible to students at schools.”
The Fuel Up Breakfast Grant was open to schools within the United States who participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the 2011-12 school year. Fuel Up to Play 60 was founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States
Department of Agriculture, to empower youth to make positive changes to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.
“We are thrilled to help support schools in their efforts to get more kids to eat breakfast,” said Alyca Judge, K-12 marketing manager, General Mills Foodservice. “The Fuel Up Breakfast grants provide a springboard for schools to implement alternative breakfast programs or expand their existing program with the goal of improving breakfast participation and student access to quality foods.”
The application deadline was July, 31, 2012.
2012 Fuel UpTM Breakfast Grant Program Recipients, include:
About General Mills Foodservice
General Mills Foodservice sells a wide array of high-quality products to operators in the foodservice and restaurant channels, delivering consistent quality and proven performance through its branded products including Cheerios®, Yoplait® yogurt, Nature Valley® granola bars, Gold Medal® baking mixes, Pillsbury® biscuits and other sweet goods. The division generates more than $1.8 billion in annual sales.
About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC has taken a leadership role in promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.
About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Visit www.FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.