On World School Milk Day, IDF has today announced the development of a new bulletin into school milk programmes.

School milk programmes are common in many countries around the world, for good reason. The benefits of providing school children with milk are plentiful.

Dairy’s well-known natural nutrient-richness provides an abundant supply of high-quality protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, and vitamins B2 and B12.

The school environment can have a major impact on attitudes to food, with school milk programmes helping to address issues of malnutrition and encouraging healthy eating habits. Analysis also shows that a quality education, combined with a guaranteed package of health and nutrition interventions at school, such as school feeding, can contribute to child and adolescent development.

The publication will compile data from global experts in the field on different programmes around the world, providing insights on the range of products, along with raw data and a literature review.

IDF action team leader, Maretha Vermaak said: “This School Milk Day, we recognise the importance of school milk programmes and their positive contribution to children’s health and nutrition, with a preview of IDF’s extensive review of global school milk programmes. It is vital that IGO’s and government recognise the importance of school milk programmes in promoting good health in our children, and the data will also be invaluable to those wishing to implement school milk programmes in their country.”

Laurence Rycken, IDF science and standards programme manager said: “Evidence showing the multiple benefits generated through school feeding programmes is growing. The survey will offer help to others seeking to implement a programme. IDF with its vast network and knowledge on the topic is a key element in bringing all this information together.”

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