ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Land O’Lakes Inc. has announced a multi-year partnership with GENYOUth, a non-profit organization focused on empowering America’s youth to achieve a healthier future by uniting partners, raising funds and uplifting the student voice.
The collaboration with GENYOUth will accelerate youth leadership in nutrition and provide experiential opportunities to develop the skills necessary to champion wellness in U.S schools and communities, the company noted.
Through GENYOUth’s flagship program Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school health and wellness program, Land O’Lakes will help students learn about where their food comes from by bringing the farm-to-fork story to life in schools and communities.
In addition, Land O’Lakes and GENYOUth will collaborate with Fair Oaks Farms, the University of Minnesota’s Land O’Lakes Center for Excellence, which is under construction, and the Minnesota Vikings to create experiential learning opportunities that inspire engagement, creativity and focus while introducing students to mentors who can support and grow their commitment to their own healthy futures, the company added.
“Our ability to bring public and private leaders together to support the growing challenges of nutrition and youth wellness enables us to uniquely reach and impact a younger generation,” said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. “With the support of Land O’Lakes, we will be able to develop resources and experiential opportunities to educate and empower youth to be life-long champions of wellness at school, at home or in the workplace.”
Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, has been appointed to GENYOUth’s board of directors, which represents leaders from across various public sector organizations and private sector companies.
“Recognized as a leader in the food and agriculture industry, Chris is an asset to our Board,” said GENYOUth’s Chairman Thomas Gallagher. “His influence among the industry and his relationship-building skills will help raise awareness of GENYOUth and its mission, allowing us to reach more thought leaders and potential partners. A leader and a visionary, we look forward to working with Chris on accomplishing our goals.”
“Land O’Lakes is committed to a strong, empowered next generation, and we are pleased to strengthen our partnership with GENYOUth as part of the solution,” Policinski said. “I am impressed with the work that GENYOUth has been able to accomplish in a few short years in partnership with the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.”
“With this partnership, we also look forward to helping the next generation learn more about where their food comes from and what it will take to feed nearly 10 billion people on the planet by 2050,” Policinski added.
More information about GENYOUth can be obtained at www.genyouthfoundation.org.