Georgia Dairy News

Laney High Students Learn About Dairy Nutrition

2/8/2019 (Augusta, Ga.) – The Dairy Alliance presented the essential health benefits of dairy to students at Laney High School in Richmond County. The interactive presentation highlighted three servings of dairy as a nutrient powerhouse, and engaged students with lesson activities focused on the value of dairy versus beverages with added sugar. Students learned how to compare the sugar in sports drinks, juices and soda to real milk through the “Think Your Drink” and “Three Servings of Dairy” displays. They also learned how chocolate milk is the perfect recovery drink after physical activity. Students took home dairy goodies provided by The Dairy Alliance.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1/28/2019 (Atlanta, Ga.) – The Dairy Alliance teamed up with Cracker Barrel to feature a limited-time ice cream for the holiday season. Cracker Barrel featured the salted caramel ice cream at all 653 locations nationwide from November 1 to December 24, 2018. During that time, 12,000 gallons of salted caramel ice cream were sold which equates to 17,280 pounds of milk in just under two months.

Atlanta Falcons Dairy Appreciation Game

12/6/2018 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Georgia dairy families attended the 2018 Dairy Appreciation Atlanta Falcons game as honored guests. Before the game, farmers visited with fans at the Fuel Up to Play 60 activity booth. Freddie the Falcon took pictures with the participants and handed out dairy promotional material. The dairy trivia computer game and milk bottle cutout were a big hit with visitors. The Dairy Alliance passed out recipe books, bracelets, and other dairy resources to over 200 visitors. At the game, the Atlanta Falcons thanked dairy farmers for their hard work and dedication to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Cirrus Charter Academy Grant Success Story

12/3/2018 (Macon, Ga.) – Cirrus Charter Academy school nutrition director, Wendy LaShae Brinson, was introduced to The Dairy Alliance programming at the Georgia Department of Education TEAM UP Conference in May of 2017. Cirrus Charter Academy is part of the Georgia Charter School system and participates in the National School Lunch Program. Wendy was looking for ways to help increase breakfast participation that was at 18%. The Dairy Alliance’s Julie Wilkinson met with Wendy and school administrators to discuss program options and grant opportunities. Plans were outlined to start an expanded breakfast program for the 2017-2018 school year utilizing the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding. The overall goal was to increase breakfast participation as well as dairy consumption with milk and yogurt. Cirrus Charter Academy received $4000 in Fuel Up to Play 60 funding in June 2017. This grant was used to support the purchase of equipment for Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab n’ Go programs. Equipment consisted of rolling milk barrels, Fuel Up to Play 60 transport carts and insulated breakfast bags. During the 2017-2018 school year, tremendous strides were made with the new equipment and expanded breakfast programs in place. Among the 400 students, breakfast participation increased by 42.5% from the previous year and milk usage increased by 61.4% equal to 17,673 pounds of milk. The school also added yogurt to the breakfast menus resulting in the use of over 4,000 ounces of yogurt.

“Having extra equipment purchased with the Fuel Up to Play 60 funds has given my students more access to breakfast and dairy products. The milk barrel is a huge hit with its bright colors and the cart/bags has provided easy access for transport. The teachers love being able to keep the items ready and tasty for the students. Having the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in the building sparks interest in our staff, students and stakeholders and made a huge difference with our breakfast participation,” said Wendy LaShae Brinson, Cirrus Charter Academy, School Nutrition Director.

Expanded Breakfast Success Story: Appling County

11/20/2018 (Baxley, Ga.) -Appling County School Nutrition Director, Ellen Carter, reached out to The Dairy Alliance at the beginning of the 2017 school year for help to increase breakfast participation in their district schools. Appling County has low breakfast participation in both the high and middle school where participation was at 10.7% and 19.7% respectively. The main challenge for these schools was the lack of proper equipment to expand breakfast service beyond the cafeteria. The Dairy Alliance partnered with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and presented grant opportunities to the Appling County Schools Wellness Committee. Appling County Middle School chose a Breakfast in Classroom model and was awarded insulated cooler bags with travel carts. Appling County High School started a Second Chance Breakfast service to capture more students after the first period. Grant funding for this school provided rolling milk barrels to transport milk. Both breakfast solutions resulted in increased breakfast participation and dairy consumption. Appling County Middle School breakfast participation jumped to 77.2 percent, an increase of 57.6% from the previous school year. The high school breakfast participation rose to 87% which was a 76.3% increase. Between the two schools, milk consumption increased by 13.6% moving a total of 68,536 more pounds of milk in the 2017-2018 school year. Yogurt offerings for breakfast at both schools increased by 120%.

“Thanks to The Dairy Alliance, The Appling County School Nutrition Program was able to drastically increase our breakfast participation! The grant funding opportunities allowed us to expand breakfast options for students by purchasing updated equipment that ensures foods are held at proper temperatures for grab and go sites, as well as, breakfast in the classroom. This increase in participation has made a huge impact on the success of our school nutrition program! We are very grateful for the support from The Dairy Alliance,” said Ellen Carter, Appling County School Nutrition Director.

Gwinnett County Features New Strawberry Milk

11/10/2018 (Lawrenceville, Ga.) – Gwinnett School Nutrition Program hosted their second annual “Taste of Gwinnett” in which they invite the Gwinnett’s education leaders to taste items on their school menus. The Dairy Alliance along with representatives from Bordens who were invited to showcase dairy products on school meal menus. Borden’s new strawberry milk was the highlighted item on many school trays. Bordens has recently introduced a new fat-free strawberry milk which removed the artificial food dye. Removing the dye and other ingredients helped create a “cleaner label” as a result of requests from schools and nutrition directors. The new strawberry milk is white in color but maintains the strawberry flavor with the pink carton. Gwinnett County is the tenth largest school district in the nation. Borden introduced the strawberry milk on World School Milk Day in September and continues to see increasing numbers. Borden briefly ran out due to the popularity and has now increased production as a result. As a result of the new strawberry formula, milk consumption in Gwinnett schools increase of 23,925 units compared to the same time frame last year.

Georgia Board Members

Jack Bentley

Kirk Butcher

Judd Chambers

Emory Young

Georgia Farmer Relations Manager

Mekenzie Panhans

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