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February 11, 2020

A Grant that will Make a Difference

A Kennewick elementary school’s innovative idea for enhancing its meal program and cutting down on food and packaging waste is getting a $5,000 boost.

Amon Creek Elementary has been awarded a grant from Kellogg Company and No Kid Hungry to help pay for a self-service milk station with washable cups in the cafeteria. The station will make for a more restaurant-style experience, plus it'll cut down on waste by enabling students to take only the milk they’ll drink and eliminating the need for single-use containers.

The grant was awarded through the national Elevate the Plate Challenge

“We are grateful and honored to be a part of this opportunity with Kellogg and No Kid Hungry,” said Sam Shick, Nutrition Services director for the Kennewick School District. “We believe that increasing the quality of our program and decreasing waste at the school will not only encourage more kids to participate, but it will also demonstrate our commitment to the environment.” 

Students with single-use milk cartons at Amon Creek Elementary

Amon Creek Elementary was one of 10 schools from around the country picked for a $5,000 grant through Elevate the Plate, an initiative of Kellogg Company and No Kid Hungry that rewards schools for creativity and innovation in enhancing meal programs and increasing participation.

“We are proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to continue our work to expand school meal programs,” said Wendy Davidson, president of Kellogg’s Away From Home. “We’re also thrilled to celebrate the outstanding team at Amon Creek Elementary who is leading the way in creating delicious, replicable approaches that encourage more kids to participate in and enjoy school meals.”

Serving lunch at Amon Creek Elementary

The new milk station at Amon Creek will cost about $16,000 total, and the district will seek other grants to cover the rest of the cost.

Kellogg Company is known for beloved brands such as Pringles, Cheez-It, Special K, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts and more. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of the organization Share Our Strength, which works to end hunger and poverty.

Together, Kellogg and No Kid Hungry have supported nearly 1 million kids gaining access to 154 million breakfasts annually.

“Three out of four public school teachers say students regularly come to school hungry,” said Jill Davis, chief revenue officer at No Kid Hungry. “But we know getting kids healthy meals at school is a critical step in ending childhood hunger once and for all in America.”