American Dairy Association North East shared the importance of a nutritious school breakfast and fueling students for success with a delicious meal that includes milk and dairy at three schools during National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8.

In Philadelphia, Eagles Mascot Swoop joined ADA North East, members of the School District of Philadelphia’s Division of Food Services, and more than 250 students at Solis-Cohen Elementary School. Newly featured yogurt smoothies, a student-selected breakfast item, were offered.

In Albany, dairy farmer Eric Ooms from Valatie, N.Y., joined ADA North East at Blue Creek Elementary in the North Colonie School District. Other guests included New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, Assemblymember Philip Steck, USDA Northeast Deputy Regional Administrator Christine Ruggieri, New York Education Department Director of Child Nutrition Kimberly Vumbaco, and former New York Jets player and dairy advocate Tony Richardson.

In Baltimore, dairy farmer Mary Stewart of Pylesville, Md., spoke to students at Belmont Elementary. She was joined by USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jennifer Lester Moffitt, and Director of Office of Community and School Nutrition Maryland Department of Education Julie Fletcher. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Governor Wes Moore sent video greetings, and Raven mascot Poe attended the event.

To learn more about ADA North East School Nutrition Programs, click here.