Monday, March 13, 2017

Super Bowl and Super School Breakfast

If you are a Minnesotan, you probably know Minnesota will host the Super Bowl in 2018. If you are a football fan from Minnesota, like me and my family, you definitely know where the Super Bowl will be played next year...and I can't wait! I may not be one of the lucky ones to sit in the stands on game day, but there is still a lot to be excited about!

As we approach Super Bowl LII, Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 are working closely with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) to award Super School Breakfast grants to Minnesota Schools and celebrate school breakfast across the state in the 52 weeks leading up to the Big Game.

This past week, Adams Spanish Immersion School was host to the grant dedication celebration for St. Paul Schools.
As the students arrived, they were greeted by the Super Hero volunteers representing ECMC and General Mills,

and of course, Midwest Dairy Association was there too. That's my daughter Sara on the right!

After the students Super welcome, they headed to the cafeteria to collect their breakfast because everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

I had fun greeting the students as they went through the breakfast line. I shared smiles and high-fives as the students helped themselves to the nutritious, healthy choices including milk and yogurt.

Then it was off to the Media Center for the program where we were greeted by Maureen Bausch, (CEO, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee) who shared that just like football players, students do their best when they fuel up with a nutritious breakfast. Through this 52 week campaign, the Legacy Fund has a goal of helping every Minnesota child build life-long healthy habits.

Next it was my turn to represent the Minnesota dairy farmers of Midwest Dairy. I shared with the students how starting their day with a good breakfast, including milk, prepares them for a full day of learning. I told them how proud my family is to be in partnership with the Super School Breakfast Initiative, and also a part of providing them with dairy foods, and that each time they choose milk, it makes my cows smile!

Iris Cumberbatch (ECMC) and Mary Jane Menlendez (Executive Director, General Mills Foundation) also stressed the importance of the Super School Breakfast. Did you know that more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast?

The celebration ended as we raised our milk cartons in a "milk toast" led by Dana Nelson (Vice President, Legacy and Community Partnerships, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee) to celebrate school breakfast and the dedication dairy farmers have to providing wholesome, nutritious milk to schools. 

"We are committed to positively impacting the health of children across Minnesota as part of this campaign."

As a Minnesota dairy farmer I am proud to be a part of the Super School Breakfast program. About 140,000 school-age students will benefit from this program and that's Super

Thanks to Midwest Dairy and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for inviting Bremer Farms to the celebration.

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