GENYOUth and Taste of the NFL Increase Access to 148 Million School Meals, Fostering Nutrition Security Among Students Nationwide

Presented by Frito-Lay, Quaker, and the PepsiCo Foundation, Super Bowl LVIII’s Largest Philanthropic Event Supports GENYOUth’s Mission to Help Tackle Youth Hunger 

Nutrition Grant Opportunity Opens for U.S. Schools 

NEW YORK (March 21, 2024) – GENYOUth, the national nonprofit organization founded by America’s dairy farmers and the NFL to help ensure students are well-nourished and active to be their best selves, announced today that the collective impact of the 2024 Taste of the NFL philanthropic event totaled $2.0 million. These funds, the largest raised by a Taste of the NFL event since its founding in 1992, will benefit 1,000 schools and 550,000 students by increasing access to 148 million school meals to foster nutrition security among students in all 32 NFL club markets. As a result, GENYOUth is inviting school nutrition professionals to apply for Equipment Grants at through April 9, 2024.

Taste of the NFL, held at Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Las Vegas on February 10, 2024 with the support of presenting sponsors Frito-Lay, Quaker and the PepsiCo Foundation, featured world class chefs Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Lasheeda Perry, and Mark Bucher; as well as nationally renowned and locally loved Las Vegas culinary talent Bob Broskey, Matt Chacho, Josh Capon, Mauro Casanto, Olivier Dubreuil, Belle English, Todd English, Joey Faugno, Bryan Forgione, Lorena Garcia, Lukasz Mackowiak, Patrick Munster, Christopher Shane, James Trees, and Jennifer Yee; chefs from the PepsiCo Foundation’s IMPACTO Hispanic Business Accelerator and Black Restaurant Accelerator programs including DJ Flores, Paula Escudero and Sean Wilson, Rochelle Hodge, and Dan Chatman; and PepsiCo Chef Steven Dominguez, Quaker’s Associate Research Chef and Culinary Lead, and Charlene Gladden, Frito Lay’s Senior Research Chef and Culinary Lead.

These masterful chefs were joined by over 30 NFL Legends and players including Will Blackmon, Daryn Colledge, Doug Flutie, Morlon Greenwood, Tony Moll, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Spitz, Stephen Tulloch, and Charles Woodson; as well as football and foodie fans inspired to help end student hunger.

“School meals are a critical lifeline for millions of students, and for many the only source of good nutrition they may receive on some days. The collective impact of Taste of the NFL will enable GENYOUth to provide grants to 1,000 school nutrition programs across the country,” said Ann Marie Krautheim, M.A., R.D., L.D., CEO of GENYOUth. “We are grateful for the support of our Taste of the NFL sponsors, the NFL, and our End Student Hunger partners. Together we are tackling food insecurity and fostering nutrition security among students across the nation.”

Taste of the NFL presenting sponsors featured Frito-Lay, Quaker, and the PepsiCo Foundation; and NFL sponsors Frito-Lay® Variety Packs, Cheetos, Tostitos, Doritos, Toyota, and Verizon. The event’s End Student Hunger partners included PNC Bank, American Family Insurance, Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers Association, Totino’s, The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas, Hellmann’s/Best Foods, Boars Head Brand, Walmart, PepsiCo, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, Las Vegas Raiders, John Anthony Family of Wines, Smoke Wagon Straight Whiskeys, Amazon Access, Melissa’s Produce, Le Portier Cognac by Shannon Sharpe, Charles Woodson’s Intercept Wine and Woodson Whiskey, Don Londrés, Livia’s Salt, Three Fat Guys Wine, Circle House Coffee, FEED, KLAS-TV News 8, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Yelp, and Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee.

“We are honored to once again collaborate with the incredible team at GENYOUth to raise a record $2 million in funding through Taste of the NFL to increase access to school meals for thousands of children across the country,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business, International & League Events. “The NFL is also grateful for the valuable contributions of several of our sponsors, including event presenting sponsors Frito-Lay, Quaker, and the PepsiCo Foundation along with Toyota, Verizon, and TCL, to making this annual Super Bowl event such a success and ensuring our nation’s youth can lead active and well-nourished lifestyles.”

In the lead up to Super Bowl LVIII, Frito-Lay, Quaker and PepsiCo Foundation – in collaboration with partners including Clark County School District, Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee, and Dairy Council of Nevada; and corporate sponsor The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation in partnership with Smith’s – partnered with GENYOUth on Super School Meals, a community initiative which has provided Grab and Go school meal equipment packages to over 58 high-need Nevada schools, providing access to over 11 million school meals and increase access for 40,000 students. In addition, as part of the Quaker Pregrain Tour and to show its support, Quaker also made a $250,000 donation to GENYOUth which is reflected in the collective impact of Taste of the NFL.

“Our support of the 2024 Taste of the NFL event and the Super School Meals initiative is increasing equitable impact to nutritious food in communities in Nevada and across the nation where our employees live and work,” said C.D. Glin, President, PepsiCo Foundation, and Global Head of Philanthropy, PepsiCo. “We are proud of our long-standing support for GENYOUth and its partnership in providing schools with critical resources and tools to drive meaningful impact and help alleviate food insecurity among our most vulnerable children.”

“The event’s mission aligns with PNC’s commitment to our communities,” said Denette Suddeth, PNC regional president for Nevada. “Food insecurity is a major issue for so many people across our country and right here in Nevada. We support GENYOUth and its work, and we are excited that the proceeds from this event will go directly to helping students get the meals they need to stay healthy and grow strong.”

“Our mission is to inspire, protect and restore dreams. We understand with the right support, any dream is possible. We are proud to join GENYOUth in their support of healthy school communities,” said Sherina Smith, American Family Insurance chief marketing officer. “Partnering with Taste of the NFL is a valuable opportunity to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity and invest in resources that empower youth to thrive and pursue their dreams.”

Planning is already underway for Taste of the NFL 2025 in New Orleans, Louisiana with customized sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Kelianne Johnson, GENYOUth Director of Marketing & Development, at for sponsorship details.

About GENYOUth

GENYOUth is a 501c3 national nonprofit dedicated to helping school children thrive by living well-nourished and physically active lives. A catalyst for youth health and wellness, GENYOUth has supported over 77,000 U.S. schools to equip them with the resources needed to ensure millions of children have equitable access to nutrition and physical activity. Founded by America’s dairy farmers and the NFL, GENYOUth convenes a network of private and public partners, including Fortune 100 companies and foundations to ensure all children are nourished and active to be their best selves. With a commitment to end student hunger, GENYOUth provides nutrition grants to increase access to healthy school meals among food insecure students. GENYOUth is the official charitable partner of Taste of the NFL, a purpose-driven Super Bowl culinary experience that raises awareness and generates funds to fight hunger and food insecurity to support the organization’s commitment to end student hunger. To learn more and support GENYOUth visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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