HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers and Dairy Council of California continued their rich histories of supporting local communities on October 25th by presenting Hayward Unified School District with a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant during a Dairy Council of CA Mobile Dairy Classroom Assembly.
“It’s so exciting to see the world-renowned San Francisco 49ers be so supportive of Bay Area communities,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California. “By supporting California school districts through increasing access to healthy foods such as milk and dairy and educating on sustainable healthy eating patterns, it’s going to make a difference in many lives for years to come.”
This grant was awarded in the form of an oversized check to Hayward Unified School District after Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly at Eldridge Elementary School, with over 300 students in attendance.
“We appreciate the support of the NFL and the Dairy Council in helping support nutrition and student health,’’ said Hayward Unified School District Interim Superintendent Chien Wu-Fernandez. “HUSD is committed to providing our students healthy, delicious and sustainable meals, which is why we are redesigning our menus and moving away from prepackaged foods. Balanced, nutritious diets are not only important for our students’ health, but they are essential to ensure our students perform well in school.”
The original Farm to School program, the Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly originated in Southern California in the 1930s and teaches students in a unique way where their food comes from — by bringing a working cow to schools. Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor Brandon Roberts said, “Our interactive assembly comes at no cost to schools and is always a hit with students, many of whom have never seen a cow in person. It’s incredibly rewarding to teach children about where their food comes from.”
“49ers PREP, a direct program of the 49ers Foundation, along with the National Football League is committed to making today’s students the most active and healthy generation that it possibly can be,” said Tucker Baksa, 49ers PREP senior manager. “We are honored to support Bay Area schools through the Hometown Grant to build a foundation of lifelong nutrition education.”
While students and staff at Eldridge Elementary School were excited to celebrate Farm to School Month with the Mobile Dairy Classroom and the Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant presentation featuring 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam, Anderson-Wise spoke to how the 49ers commitment to support healthier generations is in line with Dairy Council of California’s cause. “Dairy Council of California aims to elevate the health of children and families in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits,” she said. “$10,000 can make a meaningful difference in the health of children and families in the Hayward Unified School District. I commend the 49ers for this important work and partnering with us.”
About Dairy Council of California
For over a century, Dairy Council of California has empowered stakeholders, including educators, health professionals and community leaders, to elevate the health of children and families through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. Funded by California’s dairy farm families and local milk processors and under the guidance of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Dairy Council of California’s free science-based nutrition education resources, Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies, training programs and online resources educate millions of students and families in California and throughout the United States. Learn more at HealthyEating.org.
About the 49ers PREP Program
49ers PREP, presented by U.S. Bank, empowers Bay Area youth to lead healthy lifestyles by engaging in physical activity and nurturing the growth of student-athletes beyond the playing field. With grassroots efforts that include leadership and mentoring programs, digital and in-person free youth health and wellness programming 49ers PREP strives to increase fitness across all nine Bay Area counties and beyond. 49ers PREP, a direct program of the 49ers Foundation, has impacted more than 130,000 participants, with a particular focus on leveling the playing field for children from historically underserved communities. 49ers PREP’s principal objective is to promote a culture of teamwork by creating safe opportunities for children of all backgrounds to play, grow and have fun at no cost.
About Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grants
This fall, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL are coming together for the ninth year behind the Hometown Grants program.
The NFL, through Fuel Up to Play 60, will provide $10,000 per NFL club market ($320,000 total) in grant money to help school districts/individual schools facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating changes. These grants are a great opportunity for NFL clubs and local dairy councils to collaborate and build stronger relationships while helping kids “Fuel Good” for their bodies, community and the planet.
San Francisco 49ers – Tucker Baksa, 49ers PREP Senior Manager
Dairy Council of California – Alyssa McClelland, Partnerships and Programs, Program Director
–Dairy Council of California