With a grant from the New England Dairy & Food Council, Auburn High School students will now have hot chocolate milk at the Breakfast Bar in the cafeteria. A total of $3,500 in grants from the Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program have also funded bistro-style tables in the cafeteria and new signage in the serving area.
When 1% chocolate milk from Byrne Dairy is heated in the Italian-made Chocolady machine, it becomes a nice comfort food to accompany other breakfast items. Research has shown that children who drink flavored milk drink more milk overall, have better quality diets, do not have higher intakes or added sugar or fat, and are just as likely to be at a healthy weight compared to kids who do not consume milk.
To celebrate this addition, and during all four lunch periods on Tuesday, students got to sample the hot chocolate milk which was served by local dairy farmer Fran Pearson of Elmhurst Farm in West Millbury and by members of the school’s Leadership Team. Also on hand was New England Patriots’ Mascot Pat Patriot who interacted wonderfully with the students.
Auburn Public Schools’ Food Service Director Janice King commented, “Students truly enjoy the opportunity to sip hot chocolate milk with meals. Warm, nutritious dairy options enhance student meal time experiences and foster fun, social and emotional connections with their friends.”
The New England Dairy & Food Council is a non-profit nutritional education organization staffed by registered dietitians, and is a regional affiliate of the National Dairy Council. It is funded largely by local farmers, and the organizational goal is to ensure that health professionals, scientists, media and educators have a credible body of nutrition information upon which to base health recommendations.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.