JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Students at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School may soon see some positive changes in their cafeteria thanks to a donation by the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand and ACME Markets. Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School (P.S. 17) received the donation as part of ACME'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. In the five years of the nationwide contest, the Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest has had a mission to help schools reinforce those healthy habits by supporting school cafeteria makeovers and 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 Dan Croce, president of ACME Markets. "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 Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School is a great complement to the Ben's Beginners™ movement to inspire healthy lifelong eating habits. P.S. 17 will use the $5,000 donation towards educational supplies and overall school improvements. "We are thrilled that ACME Markets and the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand have given us this generous donation. The faculty and lunchroom staff are very excited," said Dr. Margaret Critelli, vice principal of Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School. "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 ACME Markets, we hope to inspire retailers and schools nationwide to promote healthy eating for children." To celebrate, Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School will host a check presentation with ACME Markets and the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand on Thurs. Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. at 600 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City. More information on Ben's Beginners™, family-friendly recipe ideas and cooking tips can be found at beginners.unclebens.com. About the UNCLE BEN'S® BrandThe UNCLE BEN'S® Brand, the number one rice brand in America, is proud to offer a wide range of rice dishes with flavors and textures that will help bring more to your meals, both for convenient side dishes and savory main courses. The UNCLE BEN'S® Brand offers a wide variety of white, whole grain brown, and flavoured rices in cook times ranging from 30 minutes to 90 seconds, as well as rice for food service operations such as restaurants, schools and hospitals. The first mass-produced parboiled rice, UNCLE BEN'S® Brand is the top-selling branded rice in the United States and products can be found in more than 100 countries worldwide. The UNCLE BEN'S® Brand products are manufactured by Mars Food NA, part of Mars, Incorporated. For more information, visit www.unclebens.com.