Corning East High School, in Corning, NY, won the American Dairy Association’s “Just Say Cheese” school menu recipe contest with their entry, Kickin’ Buffalo Mac & Cheese. For their efforts, the school received a recent visit from Sean Landeta, two-time Super Bowl champion and former National Football League player for the New York Giants.
Getting children to eat can be challenging at home, let alone at school. To get more children to participate in school meals, American Dairy Association asked school districts to get creative with cheese in its “Just Say Cheese” contest. The versatility and nutritional value of cheese helps schools serve meals that are healthy, appealing and popular with students — and sells more cheese for dairy farmers.
Joe Kilmer and his team from the Corning-Painted Post School District came up with a macaroni and cheese recipe with American and Cheddar cheeses. The recipe won the team first place and a prize of a school NFL Experience. Students were surprised when they were introduced to their “substitute teacher” for the morning: Sean Landeta. He was joined by New York State Alternate Dairy Princess Mikayla MacNeill and together, they congratulated the school on its victory! Landeta shared the importance of eating healthy and how it played an important role throughout his life, while growing up and while playing for the NFL. Landeta encouraged children to keep fueling up with the right foods and to take an active role in Fuel Up To Play 60, especially when it comes to enjoying school meals.
For the winning Kickin’ Buffalo Mac & Cheese recipe, visit the “School Nutrition” page on American Dairy Association’s website at www.adadc.com .