“Research shows that school meals are linked with numerous health and educational benefits, and school age children consume more dairy at school than through any other home or away-from-home occasion,” said GENYOUth CEO Ann Marie Krautheim, M.A., R.D., L.D. “It all starts at the dairy farm. With the support of dairy farmers and other purpose-minded partners, GENYOUth helps ensure all students can thrive by living well-nourished and physically active lives.
“We thank Oneida County dairy farmers for welcoming us and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the care and practices used to produce a product that provides essential nutrition for children and families.”
GENYOUth visited ATRASS Farm in Clayville, as well as two Cassville dairy farms that demonstrated advances in modern technology – the milking carousel at Curtin Dairy and robotic milkers at Tayl-Wind Farm.
“There is a critical connection between dairy and school meals in nourishing students and growing dairy consumption,” said ATRASS Farm’s Audrey Donahoe, a fifth-generation New York State dairy farmer who serves as chair of National Dairy Council, Board President of ADA North East and is a member of GENYOUth’s Board of Directors. “Our partnership with GENYOUth is making a real difference in ending student hunger by delivering fresh and healthy dairy products to tens of millions of kids every day.”