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GENYOUth Celebrates National School Breakfast Week


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Did you know that food insecurity impacts 1 in 6 kids a day? Healthier school communities start with ensuring access to breakfast for all students, and that’s exactly what GENYOUth is helping to do. Since 2017, we’ve delivered – with the help of our partners like the Arby’s Foundation, Chevron, Corteva, Delta Air Lines, Florida Blue, Florida Power & Light Company, General Mills, Georgia Power Foundation, Haymarket Media/PRWeek, The PepsiCo Foundation, Pritzker Foundation, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc., The Home Depot Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Community Foundation -- hundreds of Grab and Go breakfast carts to schools across the nation. By year’s end, we will have installed 370 carts, increasing access to 37 million meals among 200,000 students.

Did you know that food insecurity impacts 1 in 6 kids a day? Healthier school communities start with ensuring access to breakfast for all students, and that’s exactly what GENYOUth is helping to do. Since 2017, we’ve delivered – with the help of our partners like the Arby’s Foundation, Chevron, Corteva, Delta Air Lines, Florida Blue, Florida Power & Light Company, General Mills, Georgia Power Foundation, Haymarket Media/PRWeek, The PepsiCo Foundation, Pritzker Foundation, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc., The Home Depot Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Community Foundation -- hundreds of Grab and Go breakfast carts to schools across the nation. By year’s end, we will have installed 370 carts, increasing access to 37 million meals among 200,000 students.

National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6) was the perfect time to celebrate – and elevate GENYOUth’s commitment to creating healthier school communities! Schools from Massachusetts to California received new carts, with thousands of students lined up to get their first “fuel” of the day. And the week was extra-special for East Middle School in Brentwood, NY, where former New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson cut the ribbon on the school’s new breakfast cart. Media response was outstanding with coverage in scores of outlets including an interview with GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick on New York’s top morning show, Fox 5 Good Day New York. (Click here.

Research has long shown the importance of school breakfast to student success, as it boosts academic achievement and attendance, improves health and nutrition, and reduces behavioral problems. GENYOUth’s Grab and Go breakfast model is a proven solution to support childhood nutrition and ensure students have access to healthy meals in the morning. Through our program, mobile carts with nutritious meals are strategically placed in high-traffic areas in schools buildings and campuses to addresses many of the challenges that have historically hindered participation in school breakfast—lack of time, convenience, and stigma associated with the singular placement of meals in the cafeteria. In schools that have a breakfast cart installed, breakfast participation has increased by up to 27 percent, compared with 1.2 percent nationally.

A special thanks to our dairy partners for helping to host National School Breakfast Week celebrations at schools across America, including the American Dairy Association North East, Midwest Dairy Association, American Dairy Association, Inc., Dairy Council of Arizona, New England Dairy & Food Council, Dairy Alliance and Indiana Dairy.

 

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