Land O’Lakes Foundation provides grants to rural schools in Minnesota for meal delivery, service

GENYOUth recently announced a donation of $100,000 to its End Student Hunger Fund by Land O’Lakes, Inc. in collaboration with Midwest Dairy and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

Fifty rural schools in high-need communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive grants of $2,000 each to help feed nearly 1,500 students daily. The funds will go towards providing school meals to a large percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals as well as purchase equipment and resources needed to serve all students.

“As a century-old member-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes, Inc. believes in supporting local communities and working together to make abundant, nutritious food available so our young people can realize their full potential. The battle against childhood hunger starts right in our backyard in the small communities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. We are excited and grateful to be part of a team that is committed to helping local schools end student hunger,” said Morgan Kinross-Wright, vice president of Community Relations for Land O’Lakes, Inc.

At Midwest Dairy, we value partnerships like these that bring needed funds to communities in need but also the opportunity to share dairy’s nutritious value to help kids get through their busy day.

“Midwest Dairy is committed to the families and communities of Minnesota, and we are grateful for the support that Land O’Lakes, Inc. and GENYOUth are providing to help ensure thousands of at-risk students receive the meals and nutrition they need,” said Molly Pelzer, CEO at Midwest Dairy.

Based on a survey conducted by GENYOUth of over 1,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, student hunger and food insecurity remain a top concern for schools. We hope the dairy community and products can continue to be a resource when fighting these problems in our local communities.