Trenton Special School District to Host Seamless Summer Meals Kickoff

Event to feature former Tennessee Titan George Wilson

May 30, 2017
For more information, contact:
Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.
Contact: Joel Hall – jhall@sedairy.org – (470) 226-3005

  • When: Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Trenton Elementary School, 811 South College Street, Trenton, TN 38382
  • Who: Trenton Mayor Ricky Jackson, Trenton Special School District officials, former Tennessee Titans safety and Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) spokesperson George Wilson, U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives, and Fuel Up to Play 60/SUDIA representatives

TRENTON, TENNESSEE – The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) and Fuel Up to Play 60 will join the Trenton Special School District in hosting a kickoff for its Seamless Summer Meals Program. The event will take place June 1, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trenton Elementary School, located at 811 South College Street, Trenton, TN 38382.

Joining the summer meals kickoff will be former Tennessee Titans safety George Wilson, a SUDIA spokesperson and current Tennessee Titans sports analyst; Trenton Mayor Ricky Jackson; and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Southeast ­Division. The event will include fun physical fitness activities as well as discussions about nutrition and healthy eating.

The Seamless Summer Meal Program, part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), ensures low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

According to SUDIA Manager of School Health and Wellness Joan Benton, this is the second year the City of Trenton has participated in the Summer Food Service Program. The Seamless Summer Meals Program will help address the food insecurity that one out of five children in the U.S. face, she said.

“Hunger is a real problem all-year-round,” said Benton. “When school lets out for the summer, many families who rely on school meals encounter a food shortage. Programs like this make it possible for less-fortunate children to receive the same great nutrition as others.”

“Students need proper nutrition all year in order to excel in school and other activities,” Benton added. “We are glad to be a part of this event. Hunger is a barrier for children, but it is a removable barrier. The more people help address food insecurity issues, the more our children will succeed.”

Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program and Fuel Up to Play 60.

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About the Southeast Dairy Association:

On behalf of dairy farm families, the non-profit Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) works with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors and the public to promote dairy foods.

About Fuel Up to Play 60:

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, 13 million students are making better food choices by selecting nutritious options like low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, 16 million students are getting more physically active during the school day as a result of the program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests.