Carts will serve more than 5 million pounds of milk annually to 70,000 students daily
GENYOUth, an organization founded through the dairy checkoff to help create healthier schools, is providing Grab-n-Go breakfast carts to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools across the country that will serve more than 5 million pounds of milk annually.
GENYOUth – with financial contributions from private businesses – is supporting the installation of Grab-n-Go carts in more than 200 schools over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The carts will provide breakfast to about 70,000 students daily, serving an estimated 5.8 million pounds of milk annually as a part of the schools’ breakfast program.
All schools that receive the carts participate in Fuel Up to Play 60, a youth wellness program founded by dairy farmers through National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the flagship program of GENYOUth.
The carts feature a Fuel Up to Play 60 logo and offer a serving of milk, fruit, whole grain and a meat alternative option (which could be smoothies, yogurt parfaits or cheese) with each breakfast. Each cart features a cooler to keep the dairy foods cold. Foods served from the carts are provided as part of USDA’s School Breakfast Program and meet the federal nutrition guidelines.
According to research conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), innovative practices of serving food at school are critical for students who are prone to skipping breakfast. Concepts such as breakfast after the bell and Grab-n-Go carts are proven as most effective in growing participation by helping schools overcome barriers
associated with the traditional cafeteria breakfast, including timing, convenience and stigma.
Ann Marie Krautheim, RD, President and Chief Wellness Officer for GENYOUth, said the carts are reaching schools where many students come from food-insecure households.
“This Grab-n-Go initiative is impacting schools and communities that need it the most,” Krautheim said. “We’ve had schools tell us these carts are game-changers as they are helping feed hungry kids who may not have access to a meal at home. We know that students who are well-nourished with foods such as dairy have a better chance of being successful in the classroom. This is a win for students and a win for dairy.”
Other third-party support for the cart program came from GENYOUth’s partners, including the General Mills Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Arby’s Foundation, Delta Airlines, the Home Depot Foundation, WellCare Community Foundation and UnitedHealthcare.