The General Mills Foodservice and National Dairy Council Fuel Up Breakfast Grant Program recently disbursed nearly $50,000 to 26 schools, the latest installments from a program that since 2009 has awarded more than $425,000 to more than 150 schools nationwide. Fuel Up Breakfast grant recipients each receive up to $2,000 to improve student access to nutritious foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whole grain cereals and fruit.
Most schools use the funds to expand programs serving students outside of the cafeteria through breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast from a cart or second-chance breakfast after the first class period.
“In our sixth year, we are thrilled to support more schools—and more students—across the country in their efforts to provide healthy breakfast options for kids,” says Cathy Meyer, K-12 senior marketing manager for General Mills Foodservice. “We know that kids who eat a healthy breakfast perform better at school, but we also know that this can be a really hectic time of day. We’re pleased to again support National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up Breakfast Grant Program and help students get the fuel they need to succeed.”
The grants were open to schools within the United States who participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Created by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the USDA, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. Currently, the program is active in more than 73,000 schools nationwide with 12 million students actively engaged.
“National Dairy Council is committed to child nutrition, health and wellness and is dedicated to helping students lead healthier lives,” says Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, president of National Dairy Council. “Schools need help to create a healthier environment and that’s why the support of companies such as General Mills Foodservice is so important in affecting change.”
2014 Fuel UpTM Breakfast Grant Program Recipients are:
• Wilson High School, Lake Ontario, N.Y.
• Sweet Home Middle District, Amherst, N.Y.
• Hackensack City, Hackensack, N.J.
• Payson Elementary School, Payson, Ariz.
• Payson High School, Payson, Ariz.
• Creston Intermediate Academy, Warren Township, Ind.
• Creston Middle School, Warren Township, Ind.
• Narcossee Elementary School, Saint Cloud, Fla.
• Ventura Elementary School, Kissimmee, Fla.
• Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School, Fort Meade, Fla.
• Westbrook Middle School, Westbrook, Maine
• Winfield High School, Winfield, W. Va.
• Huntley Middle School, Dekalb, Illinois
• Clinton Rosette Middle School, Dekalb, Ill.
• Bloomington High School, Bloomington, Ill.
• Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Ill.
• Jack Hille Middle School, Forest Ridge, Ill.
• Sandy Creek Schools, Fairfield, Neb.
• Natick High School, Natick, Mass.
• Old Saybrook Middle School, Old Saybrook, Conn.
• Barnwell Elementary, Barnwell, S.C.
• Barnwell Primary School, Barnwell, S.C.
• Deer Park Elementary School, Owensboro, Ky.
• David Crockett Elementary School, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
• Waynesboro High School, Waynesboro, Va.
• Horace Mann Middle School, Neenah, Wisc.