ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today is celebrating a grant dedication to Saint Paul Public Schools as part of its Super School Breakfast campaign, which provides Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast-in-the-Classroom to elementary, middle and high schools in 52 communities across the state leading up to Super Bowl LII.
The grant dedication was celebrated with a breakfast party at Adams Spanish Immersion School, an elementary school in Saint Paul that has an established and successful Breakfast-in-the-Classroom program. Super School Breakfast is in partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Midwest Dairy Council.
“We are committed to positively impacting the health of children across Minnesota as part of this campaign,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC. “To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, we’re continuing to make Breakfast-in-the-Classroom a reality for students in Saint Paul so more kids have access to healthy, nutritious food to power through an active day.”
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) reports that more than 140,000 students in Minnesota who are eligible for free and reduced school meals take advantage of lunch, but not breakfast programs. The report also notes Minnesota currently ranks 43rd out of 50 states in offering school breakfast.
According to a Current Nutrition & Food Science Journal report, allowing students to take breakfast to their class increases participation and helps remove the stigma associated with students reporting to the cafeteria to receive a free or reduced meal. Students who participate in school breakfast also show improved attendance, behavior, and decreased tardiness.
In celebration of Minnesota’s Super Bowl year, the MNSBHC will make 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.
“Midwest dairy farmers are invested in helping Minnesota youth 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.”
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.
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.