RED WING, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund continued its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign in Red Wing today. The MNSBHC awarded three grants, totaling over $125,000 in funding to the Red Wing School District and Goodhue County Health & Human Services to support initiatives that will help improve the health and wellness of local young people.
A $50,940 grant was awarded to the Red Wing School District to create a convenient place for students to access breakfast at Red Wing High School and $25,000 worth of equipment was provided to the school district to help establish a “Super School Breakfast”. The MNSBHC also granted $50,000 to Goodhue County Health & Human Services to renovate a playground and sports field in the community.
The grants are part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
Red Wing School District’s “Grab-n-Go-Breakfast” Project
The $50,940 grant to Red Wing High School helped support the district’s Grab-n-Go Breakfast Project, an effort to make healthy breakfast food more accessible to students. The school built a welcoming, accessible place near the locker bay where students can grab healthy food during breaks between morning classes. The project makes it easier for students to make time for breakfast so they can stay properly nourished throughout the day.
“Research shows that when students are powered with healthy breakfast they participate more, can retain more information and are more engaged and productive at school,” said Todd Herber, Principal, Red Wing High School. “The district and this community has been working for over four years to increase breakfast participation across the 2,600 students in our district. Today’s grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee will help us continue to our progress and reach more students with healthy breakfast food options.”
In coordination with the Grab-n-Go Breakfast Project, the MNSBHC Legacy Fund made the Red Wing County School District a Super School Breakfast recipient. Super School Breakfast is in partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Midwest Dairy Council. The district will receive $25,000 worth of equipment and infrastructure needed to provide an enhanced breakfast program for students.
“The Midwest dairy farmers in Minnesota are invested in helping youth in our state establish healthy eating habits to win back our position as the healthiest state in the nation,” said Lucas Lentsch, CEO of the Midwest Dairy Council. “Recent surveys rank Minnesota as 4th in the nation in healthy kids – down from our previous position on top of the list.”
To celebrate Minnesota’s Super Bowl year, the MNSBHC is making the Vikings’ Fuel Up to Play 60 outreach program ‘Super’ by turning the annual grants into a year-long program leading up to the Big Game. Since 2010, more than $300,000 has been provided by the state’s dairy farm families to Minnesota schools to support breakfast programs, and as a result more than 211,000 students have access to breakfast at school.
Pepin Woods’ updated park and renovated sports field
A $50,000 grant was awarded to Goodhue County Health & Human Services and Pepin Woods Manufactured Home Community to build safe outdoor play and recreation spaces for local kids and families. The Pepin Woods neighborhood is not located near existing, sufficient playgrounds or parks that are safe for kids. The grant will help the community renovate and replace old and damaged park equipment and make critical updates to an underutilized space that will become a soccer field.
“The grant from the MNSBHC Legacy Fund will help us provide over 160 kids who live in Pepin Woods with a nearby, safe place to play and be active,” said Nina Arneson, Director, Goodhue County Health & Human Services. “This new resource will help kids establish healthy lifestyles, but it will also help families in our community build and foster stronger relationships.”
The community of Red Wing and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Community celebrated the grants today with a mini-parade and by inviting local kids and students to take part in sports-themed jamboree.
“Red Wing is a special place and we are excited to join in the long-standing effort to provide the children and students here with better access to healthy, nutritious food and safe places to gather, play and make friends,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
More information on the MNSBHC’s Legacy program, including an introductory video, can be found at www.mnsuperbowl.com/legacy. The MNSBHC Legacy Fund’s Super School Breakfast initiative is funded by the NFL Foundation, the General Mills Foundation and the Minnesota Vikings.