Baltimore Ravens Haloti Ngata kicks off "it starts with school breakfast" campaign

Author: Administrator | March 19, 2014

WHO: Haloti Ngata, Defensive Tackle for the Baltimore Ravens

WHAT: Breakfast is crucial to students’ physical health and academic success, but millions of kids aren’t eating this important meal. In an effort to increase access to breakfast for all students, Fuel Up to Play 60, with the support of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, is launching the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign. The campaign will empower students and families to lead change in their own schools and communities, increase school breakfast awareness and participation, and provide resources to help all kids start each day with the fuel they need to help them succeed.

To kick off the campaign and celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7), Haloti Ngata will host a breakfast event at Conowingo Elementary School and speak with students about how school breakfast can help them reach their full potential.

“Every student attending Cecil County Public Schools has an opportunity to eat breakfast at school.  We continuously work to make breakfast more accessible to our students through expanding our Maryland Meals for Achievement Classroom Breakfast Program, through Grab ‘n’ Go  as well as our traditional service method,” says Kathy Thomas, County Manager, Food Services.  “There is no doubt in our minds that eating a nutritious breakfast makes a significant contribution to assuring that our students are ready to do their best in the classroom.  It is so rewarding to be able to make such an important contribution to student success.”

More Information about Cecil County Public Schools’ (CCPS) School Breakfast Program:

  • Every student enrolled in CCPS has access to breakfast.
  • In 13 of the district’s 29 schools, students can eat breakfast at no cost regardless of their level of eligibility (paid, reduced or free) through our Maryland Meals for Achievement Classroom Breakfast Program.  That program involves 43% of the students enrolled in CCPS schools.
  • A Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast is offered in eight (8) schools.  Traditional breakfast service is available in the remaining schools.
  • On average, the district serves 5,519 breakfasts each school day.

To learn more about the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign, visit

WHEN: March 10, 2014; 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Announcement Embargo:

We kindly ask that you please refrain from announcing the participation of a Ravens player until after as it will be a surprise to the students.

Conowingo Elementary School
471 Rowlandsville Road
Conowingo, MD  21918


  • Baltimore Ravens Haloti Ngata is available for interviews on-site from 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Students eating at breakfast stations.
  • Additional Interviews available with:
    • Tom Marinelli,Principal
    • Joshua Mangold, Vice Principal
    • Michele Brown-P.E. Teacher/FUTP60 Program Advisor
    • Photo opportunity of students reacting to surprise NFL player visit.
    • TV crews and photographers welcome.


Sharon Piano, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, 814.221.3810,

The Baltimore Ravens player appearance was scheduled by NFL PLAYERS Inc., the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.

American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit