The Stoutland R-II School District is receiving help from local farmers to build a healthier student body.

The Stoutland R-II School District is receiving help from local farmers to build a healthier student body. The school was one of 21 Missouri schools awarded a Dollars for Dairy grant to encourage students to choose nutrient-rich dairy foods during meals. The award, funded by local dairy farmers, is provided through St. Louis District Dairy Council, a non-profit nutrition education organization. 

The 2017-2018 school year marks the sixth that Missouri schools have applied for the grant, geared toward boosting student consumption of healthy foods. A total of 109 schools submitted proposals aimed at enhancing dairy consumption during breakfast and lunch. 

The winning schools launched a variety of projects customized to their district needs. Stoutland is offering fruit and dairy smoothies at breakfast. 

“We’re excited to team with Missouri dairy farmers to help students make wise food choices,” says Camille Smith, Nutrition Educator for St. Louis District Dairy Council.