General Mills Foodservice and National Dairy Council are partnering to help K-12 schools expand their breakfast programs by offering Fuel Up Breakfast Grants.
The official call for entries kicks off today at the School Nutrition Association’s 68th Annual National Conference in Boston, which brings together school nutrition professionals to learn about the latest products and solutions to help them build participation among students.
This is the sixth consecutive year General Mills has worked with National Dairy Council to offer Fuel Up Breakfast Grants to schools within the United States that participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
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Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school health and wellness program created by National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at school and for their own health. Currently, the program is in more than 73,000 schools nationwide and more than 11 million students are actively engaged.
Since 2009, General Mills Foodservice has awarded $375,000 in Fuel Up Breakfast Grants to more than 130 schools and has helped to improve student access to nutritious foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whole grain cereals and fruit.
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In past years, the majority of grant recipients have used the funds to expand programs that serve students breakfast outside of the cafeteria through breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast from a cart or a second chance breakfast after the first class period.
Applications are currently being accepted through Aug. 29, 2014. A total of $50,000 in foodservice equipment is available to eligible schools for the upcoming school year.
Schools applying for a Fuel Up grant must have support from the school principal, district school nutrition director and school nutrition manager, school enrollment of at least 500, breakfast participation level less than 40 percent and demonstrate an opportunity to raise breakfast participation.
Applicants will be notified by Sept. 5, 2014, if their school’s application has been approved or declined. Complete details and an application can also be found online.