Bismarck School Receives Donation To Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

Cash Wise and the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand team up to provide Light of Christ Academy with funds for its cafeteria

Nov 19, 2015, 08:59 ET from The UNCLE BEN’S Brand

BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Students at Light of Christ Academy may soon see some positive changes in their cafeteria thanks to a donation by the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand and Cash Wise. Light of Christ Academy received the donation as part of Cash Wise's retail participation in the UNCLE BEN'S® Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest, which is designed to inspire healthy lifelong eating habits by encouraging parents and kids to cook together. The Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest has also had a mission to help schools reinforce those healthy habits by supporting school cafeteria makeovers to help foster a culture of health.

"We strive to partner with organizations that promote nutrition education so we're thrilled to team up locally with the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand on this national program," said Rory Gjestvang, store director of Cash Wise, Bismarck. "We're excited that a school in our community can directly benefit from this unique contest."

As part of the Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest, individual grand prize winners receive money to makeover their school's cafeterias. This donation to Light of Christ Academy is a great complement to the Ben's Beginners™ movement of inspiring healthy lifelong eating habits.

Light of Christ Academy will use the $5,000 donation to improve and enhance their cafeteria's salad bar options.

"We are thrilled that Cash Wise and the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand have given us this generous donation. The faculty and lunchroom staff are very excited," said Carmen Cain, Light of Christ Academy principal. "We're excited to see the impact that this lunchroom update will do to promote healthy lifestyles in our students."

"The goal of Ben's Beginners™ is to inspire more families to get in the kitchen together," said Tim Snyder, vice president of sales, Mars Food US, the parent company of the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand. "By partnering with Cash Wise, we hope to inspire retailers and schools nationwide to promote healthy eating for children."

To celebrate, Light of Christ Academy will host a check presentation with Cash Wise and the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand on Thurs. Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at 1025 North 2nd Street in Bismarck.  More information on Ben's Beginners™, family-friendly recipe ideas and cooking tips can be found at

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