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Dairy grant benefits private school in Manchester

By: Bonnie Krueger

St. Joseph Elementary in Manchester is kicking off the 2017-18 school year with help from local farmers.

The school is one of 21 Missouri schools recently awarded a Dollars for Dairy grant to encourage students to choose nutrient-rich dairy foods during school meals. The award, funded by Missouri and Illinois dairy farmers, is provided through St. Louis District Dairy Council, a nonprofit nutrition education organization.

This school year marks the sixth year that Missouri schools have had the opportunity to enhance the health of students through the program. A total of 107 local schools submitted proposals aimed at boosting dairy consumption in schools.

St. Joseph Elementary offers fruit and dairy smoothies to students as a “take and go” option in the morning and as a drink option at lunch. St. Joseph’s joins Fairway Elementary in Rockwood and Oak Brook Elementary in Parkway as recent recipients of the dairy grant.

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