At Mars, we aim to bring families together by getting children interested in cooking at an early age and encouraging more pet-friendly environments by partnering with local communities.
In December 2016, the UNCLE BEN’S® brand announced five winners in the national BEN’S BEGINNERS® Cooking Contest. In line with the Mars Food Health & Wellbeing Ambition, the contest inspires parents and children to share meals, while promoting the health benefits of cooking together and starting meals with rice. Each of the winners and their schools received a cash prize and a celebration in their hometown, which was attended by local and state officials.
The school celebration for Trisha and Cinnamon Lee, winner of the BEN’S BEGINNERS® contest in Kaneohe, Hawaii, was attended by the First Lady of Hawaii Dawn Amano-Ige, State Senator Jill Tokuda and Council member Jarret Keohokalole. Pearland, Texas winner Wes and Georgia Holloman’s school celebration was attended by Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, League City Mayor Pat Halisey, League City Councilman Larry Millican, and District Directors from State Representative Ed Thompson, State Senator Larry Taylor, and State Representative Greg Bonnen’s offices.
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Mars Food held a school celebration for Roslyn and Samuel Davis where State Senator Barrow Peacock presented them with a recognition award. Others in attendance included Parish Commissioners Lyndon Johnson and Kenneth Epperson, Caddo Parish School Board Members Mary Trammel and Dottie Bell, and Shreveport City Councilmembers James Flurry and Michael Corbin. In Charlevoix, Michigan, City Manager Mark Heydlauff and Phyllis Haggard, a staff member for State Senator Wayne Schmidt’s office, attended the school celebration for Shelia and Nathan Davis. For New York City winner Tommy and Jesse Gunn, City Council member Rosie Mendez’s legislative aide, Carlina Rivera, and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh’s Chief of Staff, Katie Franger, attended the school celebration.
The 2017 BEN’S BEGINNERS® Cooking Contest will kick off in August. Look out for ways to get your communities involved!