Jennie-O Turkey Store and Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Honor Los Angeles School Cafeteria Staff Through National Partnership, “School Cafeteria Takeovers”

November 17, 2022 Jennie-O Turkey Store

The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand – category leader and trusted brand for turkey products – announced a partnership in October with esteemed chef, cookbook author and beloved TV personality Carla Hall. As part of this partnership, the Jennie-O team and Hall visit schools across the nation to honor school cafeteria staff by hosting School Cafeteria Takeovers, which kicked off last month in Knoxville, Tenn., at Blue Grass Elementary School. Today, the team recognizes the unsung heroes of the school cafeteria at Panorama High School in Los Angeles, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Nutrition Now: Bringing a la Carte Meal Solutions to Schools

November 17, 2022 Dairy MAX

That old saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” is correct. Sadly, too many children start their school day on an empty stomach. Whether they miss this important meal simply due to a hectic schedule or because there is not enough to eat at home, skipping breakfast comes at a high price for all students – research shows this habit negatively impacts academic performance.

USDA Invests $50M for Schools & Food Industry to Work Together to Strengthen School Meals

November 15, 2022 USDA

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service launched a new and innovative initiative for healthier school meals through a $50 million grant opportunity that will support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for students. This launch follows through on a commitment made in the administration’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Healthy School Meals Including Dairy Are a Top Priority for Many U.S. Voters, Particularly Low-Income Parents

Nine-in-ten voters with children in public schools say making sure school meals are healthy and nutritious for children in their community is a priority, according to a new Morning Consult national tracking poll commissioned by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Ninety-two percent of these parents also indicated that they believe providing milk in school meals is important to a child’s daily nutritional intake, while approximately 8-in-10 parents supported including low-fat flavored milk in public school meals.

IDFA and NMPF Urge USDA to Improve Child Nutrition and Food Security Through Increased Dairy Consumption in School Meals

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today submitted joint comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service urging the agency to improve nutrition security by updating school meal nutrition standards to encourage increased consumption of dairy in keeping with recommendations from the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) report and with leading health organizations.