Bel Brands makes grant to Brookings School District

Funds will go to Breakfast After the Bell program

BROOKINGS – Representatives from Bel Brands, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the Brookings School District gathered at Hillcrest Elementary to present the school with a $5,000 grant check Oct. 5.

This grant will help the school implement Breakfast After the Bell, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, in collaboration with USDA and the NFL, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.

Seeing a need to partner to create healthier environments in schools throughout the nation, the Bel Foundation provided a grant to the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program in Brookings. The funds will be used toward the purchase of equipment that will enhance the school district’s breakfast program, ensuring all students will have access to more nutritious foods.

Cyril Cledelin, plant director of Bel’s Brookings plant, presented the check.

“The Bel Foundation is proud to provide the Brookings School District with this donation to continue their commitment to making sustainable changes in the lives of students,” Cledelin said.

With the donation, Hillcrest Elementary has implemented the Breakfast After the Bell program to provide all students with a nutritious meal in the morning.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of the Bel Foundation grant,” said Laura Duba, child nutrition director. “These funds will enable our district to implement Breakfast After the Bell, which will ensure our students at Hillcrest Elementary have a healthy and easily accessible breakfast each morning. With the funding provided, we are hoping to expand this program to other schools within our district to reach more students. Thank you to the Bel Foundation and Fuel Up to Play 60 for making this grant possible, and to South Dakota dairy farmers for their commitment to the kids in our district.”

“Midwest Dairy Council’s dairy farm families have supported school nutrition for more than 100 years, and we are excited to partner with the Bel Foundation to continue that tradition,” said Whitney Blindert, health and wellness program manager for Midwest Dairy Council.

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