Ontario School Milk

 

The Ontario Elementary School Milk Program, which ensures that Ontario students enjoy the nutritional benefits of cold, fresh milk at lunch every day, has been operating for 20 years and is administered by Dairy Farmers of Canada. The program runs in 2800 schools representing 70% of all schools in the province. Run by volunteers in each school, the program provides turnkey administrative support, financing for school fridges, educational materials, promotional materials and contests.

The program offers many rewarding benefits. Milk gives children nutrition that improves concentration, energy-levels & learning performance. Parents enjoy the assurance that there is a healthy lunch drink option at school. And, it fosters school spirit and offers senior students hands-on experience.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Ontario Dairy Council are working together this year to expand the program. The goal of their joint School Milk Task Force is to double the annual volume of the milk used each year by introducing new schools to the program, encouraging parent/school volunteers to participate, and increase the uptake of students in participating schools. The Task Force is also working to develop government agreement to support these activities.

You can help make a difference too. Become a volunteer at a school near you. For information on how the program works and on how to get involved, contact Dairy Farmers of Canada at 1.888.730.6455 or visit www.milkinschool.ca.