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The first Strategy Exchange on Nutrition and Academic Performance was held on November 15, 2016 at the Cargill Office Center in partnership with the Cargill Foundation, Hunger Impact Partners and the Minnesota Department of Education.  The Strategy Exchange focused on how USDA’s child nutrition programs can narrow the achievement gap, with special focus on the vital role nutrition plays in this effort. Attached is the program, press release and photo/quote overview. Below are links to two video presentations.

Summer Meals VideoProduced in partnership with the Cargill Foundation and PBS/TPT

Senator Amy Klobuchar Video

More than 180 education influencers including superintendents, principals, business leaders and community organizations from across Minnesota attended. The Cargill Foundation’s support of early grant funding to over 25 schools and communities through Hunger Impact Partners was the catalyst that brought these education and child nutrition advocates together to discuss national trends, data’s impact on strategies and best practices for enhancing school and community programs to feed more hungry kids.

The morning sessions included presentations by the Minnesota Department of Education, USDA and the new Superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools District. In addition, one of the highlights was a moderated panel discussion, with an audience Q&A, composed of two superintendents and two principals who provided case studies from their schools highlighting the strong correlation between active, engaged learning and proper nutrition.

Lt. Governor Tina Smith was the keynote speaker and approximately 20 Cargill employees attended her presentation over lunch. On a complementary note, Cargill’s Meal Solutions donated the turkey pot roast lunch which met the nutrition and ingredient guidelines for the USDA Federal School Lunch Program.

This full-day event offered concurrent workshops throughout the afternoon focused on financial impacts, community collaborations, schools as food HUBs for local communities, health and academic outcomes, and year-round child nutrition programs for learning and school readiness.

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