$4,050 Awarded by New England Dairy & Food Council for Fuel Up to Play 60

Janice King, Auburn School Food Service Director along with Dr. Mary Ellen Brunelle, Superintendent, High School Principal Casey Handfield and Middle School Principal Joseph Gagnon  receive a $4,050 funding check from the dairy farmers of Massachusetts for Fuel Up to Play 60 to bring fresh smoothies to Auburn Middle and High Schools in the fall. - Submitted Photo

Janice King, Auburn School Food Service Director along with Dr. Mary Ellen Brunelle, Superintendent, High School Principal Casey Handfield and Middle School Principal Joseph Gagnon receive a $4,050 funding check from the dairy farmers of Massachusetts for Fuel Up to Play 60 to bring fresh smoothies to Auburn Middle and High Schools in the fall. – Submitted Photo

 

Auburn Middle School and Auburn High School have been chosen to receive $4,050 to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives, New England Dairy & Food Council announced today. The Auburn schools were selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jump start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. This nationwide program offers schools funding to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this program is provided by New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of Massachusetts.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provides support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.

Both schools will use the funds to begin serving fresh fruit and yogurt smoothies to their students during lunch in the fall. The grant will pay for a new smoothie blender as well as taste tests and contests to promote the new option to students.

“Auburn Public Schools are committed to promoting health and wellness for all students. We know how important great nutrition is to support student learning,” said Janice King, director of Food Services for Auburn Public Schools. “We are excited to begin the upcoming school year with the ability to offer fruit and yogurt smoothies at Auburn Middle and High School at lunch and breakfast. The grant support of $4,050 from our local dairy farmers will enable us to purchase the blenders needed to offer this healthy student-favorite.”

More than 73,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and National Football League (NFL), in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations also support Fuel Up to Play 60.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Massachusetts. Wellness champions and students in more than 1,600 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools do even more,” said Diane Krol, nutrition specialist with New England Dairy & Food Council.

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at FuelUpToPlay60.com. Schools can learn more about eligibility requirements, and find the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 application, at FuelUpToPlay60.com. There are several application windows each year, including upcoming deadlines in the fall.