ROSEMONT, ILL. – The dairy checkoff shared that GENYOUth, the youth wellness initiatives nonprofit it helped establish, partnered with the Dairy Council of Nevada, the NFL and other organizations to increase access to healthy school meals in Nevada.

The organizations provided grants for Grab and Go school meal equipment, such as milk coolers, for 73 Nevada schools in need, as the measure aims to also increase participation in healthy school meals.

This year’s GENYOUth Super School Meals program focused on Nevada with Las Vegas playing host to the Super Bowl. The checkoff shared that the collective efforts are expected to benefit 40,000 students while providing access to close to an additional 11 million school meals.

“Dairy farmers in Nevada and throughout the nation are committed year-round to the health and well being of our nation’s children,” said Tammy Baker, general manager of the Dairy Council of Nevada. “We are proud to partner with GENYOUth and others on Super School Meals to grow school meal participation and to provide equitable access to nutritious dairy products.”

GENYOUth chief executive officer Ann Marie Krautheim noted that one in five Nevada children is food insecure, while 30 million-plus students in America rely on school meals.

“Often, school meals may be the only healthy nutrition a student receives on some days,” Krautheim said. “Grab and Go meal equipment is critical to increasing meal access and participation, especially for school breakfast. Super School Meals is fostering nutrition security among Nevada youth. I am grateful to our committed partners for stepping up to help tackle youth food insecurity in Nevada.”