For the fifth year in a row, General Mills Foodservice and the National Dairy Council are partnering to offer Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants to help K-12 schools improve their breakfast programs and increase participation.
The grants are open to U.S. schools who participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the nation’s largest in-school program created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In nearly 73,000 schools, the program urges youth to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school.
Schools can apply to receive up to $2,000 in funding through the Fuel Up Breakfast Program, which has awarded $325,000 to more than 100 schools nationwide since 2009, contributing to student access to low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whole grain cereals and fruit. Past grant recipients have used the funds to implement alternative breakfast options such as breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast from a cart or a second chance breakfast after the first class period.
A total of $50,000 is available to eligible schools for the 2013-14 school year. Online applications, available here, will be accepted through July 26.
Schools applying for a Fuel Up grant must have support from their school principal, district school nutrition director and school nutrition manager, school enrollment of at least 500, a breakfast participation level less than 40 percent and demonstrate an opportunity to raise breakfast participation.
Applicants will be notified by Aug. 8 if their school’s application has been approved or declined.