GGUSD Receives Grant for Healthy Eating Initiatives

Agnes Lally, Teri Rocco, Alyssa McClelland with Dairy Council of CA and LA Charger Josh Harris

The Los Angeles Chargers and Dairy Council of California teamed up to present Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) with a $10,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant to support the district’s healthy eating initiatives. The oversized check was presented to Board of Education Trustee Teri Rocco and GGUSD Food Services Director Agnes Lally during an exciting Mobile Dairy assembly at Evans Elementary School on Tuesday.

While Evans students and staff were excited for the Mobile Dairy Classroom assembly featuring Jersey cow Cinnamon, the energy amplified with an appearance from Chargers long snapper #47 Josh Harris, who spoke to the students about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

“We are honored to be selected for the Hometown Grant to further the outstanding work of our Food Services Department in ensuring all students have access to healthy food,” said Trustee Rocco. “Thank you to the LA Chargers and the Dairy Council of California for supporting our initiatives to make healthy eating fun and exciting for students. Nutritious food is paramount to the growth and development of our students both physically and academically.”

Heather Birdsall, vice president of Chargers community relations, spoke further of the Chargers’ commitment to support the health of students, “The Los Angeles Chargers are excited to provide the Garden Grove Unified School District with the 2022 Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant. We are proud to partner with Dairy Council of California to provide the students with the resources they need to learn about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.”

“Collaboration is at the heart of what we do in support of elevating the health of children and families in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. It is rewarding to see an esteemed organization like the Los Angeles Chargers be so supportive of Southern California communities through partnership,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California. “The $10,000 grant can really make a difference to the health of children in Garden Grove Unified School District.”

About Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grants
In fall 2022, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL are coming together for the ninth year behind the Hometown Grants program. The NFL, through Fuel Up to Play 60, will provide $10,000 per NFL club market ($320,000 total) in grant money to help school districts/individual schools facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating changes. These grants are a great opportunity for NFL clubs and local dairy councils to collaborate and build stronger relationships while helping kids “Fuel Good” for their bodies, community and the planet.