Here are a few stories about your dairy checkoff programs in South Carolina. If you have any questions or need promotional materials please contact me.
Elizabeth Moretz 828-406-9482
Dairy Sales Soar at Inman Intermediate School
School dairy sales at Inman Intermediate School in Spartanburg are up thanks to funding and support from South Carolina dairy farmers. The school received a Fuel Up To Play 60 grant in June 2016 and funds were used to purchase a mobile serving cart and to refresh the cafeteria with dairy promotional posters. The mobile cart is used to offer students milk, yogurt and fresh fruit and vegetables in the hallways throughout the day. Compared to the previous school year, students consumed an additional 9,600 pounds of milk and 1,575 more pounds of yogurt during the 2016-2017 school year. School meal participation improved as well, with a 36% increase in breakfast participation and a 19% increase in lunch participation. David Wilkie, Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor at Inman Intermediate, says "The funding makes a huge difference in our school. Students are more aware of the nutritional value of dairy products and have been choosing them more often."

Photo: A few lucky students from Inman Intermediate School got to attend a Carolina Panthers Play 60 game last fall in celebration of their success with Fuel Up to Play 60
Spreading Dairy's Message During Osteoporosis Awareness Month
May was National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and your dairy checkoff worked hard to make sure information about bone health and dairy was shared across the state through a campaign called "Bonegevity: Bones Built to Last". In addition to print and online promotions, trained dairy advocate Jennifer Brunelli discussed the importance of dairy and bone health during an interview on WCNC Channel 6 in Charlotte. WCNC's viewing area includes the upstate of South Carolina. Jennifer is the Sports Dietitian for the Carolina Panthers and is a strong supporter of dairy. You can watch Jennifer's interview here.

Photo: Trained dairy advocate and Carolina Panthers dietitian Jennifer Brunelli (left) talks about the importance of dairy in battling Osteoporosis on WCNC-TV in Charlotte.
June Dairy Month Spotlight
It's June Dairy Month and a lot of farmers are out in the community spreading the word about the goodness of dairy. We want to hear about how you're encouraging people to 'Get More With Milk.' Laurens dairy farmer Marilyn Easter has been busy this month. She kicked off June with a timely and informative interview about Dairy Month and the nutritional powerhouse of dairy on her local radio station, WLBG 860 AM. The interview ran several times in June and you can listen to it here.
Easter also attended a Summer Food Service Kickoff event at EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia on June 10. Summer feeding programs provide another great source of nutrition for children, as meals include milk, cheese or yogurt. There was plenty of SUDIA promotional materials about dairy nutrition and recipes on hand for children, parents and teachers to take home with them.

Photo: Laurens dairy farmer Marilyn Easter poses with a milk mustache and an inflatable cow at the EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, for the Summer Food Service Kickoff event.