AWARDED BREAKFAST GRANT FROM UNITED DAIRY INDUSTRY OF MICHIGAN
Education is vital, and kids concentrate better when they are
properly nourished. Therefore, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan
and Michigan’s dairy farmers in partnership with Michigan Department
of Education awarded grants to 41 Michigan schools for the 2010-2011
school year through the “Fuel Up to Play 60” Michigan Breakfast
Onekama Consolidated Schools was a recipient of this grant program,
and they have used the funds to purchase commercial blenders and
waffle makers in order to add healthy fruit smoothies and homemade
waffles to the school’s breakfast menu. The grant application was
submitted by head cook Jan Exo and parent Megan McCarthy.
The Michigan Breakfast Grant program targeted breakfast and provided
up to $3,000 to help schools improve or expand their breakfast
programs, and increase student access to high-quality, nutritious
foods at school. Research shows that students who eat breakfast
score better on standardized tests, improve academic achievement,
have fewer health issues, and behave better in class.
“Our promise to help provide resources to schools is our commitment
to a better education for Michigan’s youth,” said Amy Schmidt,
Registered Dietitian for United Dairy Industry of Michigan. The
Michigan Breakfast Grant program was open to schools within Michigan
enrolled in the free “Fuel up to Play 60” program for the 2010-2011
Esther and Yahshua make their breakfast selections.