School Milk Knowledge Hub

Bringing together knowledge on school milk programs from around the world

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Providing vital nutrition

There is long history of organizing school milk programs in every corner of the world, either as part of school meals programs or as stand-alone school milk programs. School feeding programs have been identified as important social protection mechanism as they provide good nutrition and education to children, as well as are able to support local economies.

Organizing these programs sustainably needs careful preparation, monitoring and evaluation. Led by experts from within the global IDF network, The School Milk Knowledge Hub has been designed to bring together the knowledge and expertise on the implementation and organization of these programs. 

Explore the Hub for information on existing programs, case studies, resources and campaigns and other important links.

Global importance

School milk programs 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. 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 and build human capital.


A longstanding history

Since 1993, IDF has provided an overview of the development, implementation and improvement of school milk programs.

The work undertaken by IDF provided the foundation for the FAO survey conducted in 1998, published in IDF bulletin 341/1999. In 2013, the FAO and IDF again worked collaboratively to gain insights into milk programs in operation, in the largest global review ever conducted. The new data was compared to the 1998 results, enabling a unique insight invaluable to those involved in running programs and those within the dairy sector supplying the milk, and the results were published in the 2015 IDF bulletin 480/2015.

Current IDF data shows that at least 160 million children around the world currently receive and benefit from receiving milk at schools, and evidence showing the multiple benefits generated through school feeding programs is growing. It is vital that the importance of school milk programs in promoting good health in our children continues to be recognized by governments and supported by intergovernmental organisations.

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School milk case studies

Sharing practical experience and resources from around the world.

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Overview of programs worldwide

A long history of contributing to the good health and nutrition of school children around the world.

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School milk resources

Find help with promoting, supporting and implementing school milk programs in your region

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It is vital that intergovernmental organisations and governments continue to recognise the importance of school milk programmes in promoting good health in our children


Sharing experience & resources from around the globe

The smarter lunchrooms movement of California

Consuming nutritious food is important at all stages of life, but especially for children and adolescents.....

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Peru’s school nutrition program

Preserving culture with innovative product and package design

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Addressing childhood malnutrition in Sri Lanka

New school milk program in Sri Lanka also promotes food safety and recycling

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Burundi’s growing school food program

A new program to improve children's nutrition and school attendance

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Enhancing child health in Russia through school milk

Promoting milk consumption and improving health in Russia

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School milk helps increases enrolment rates in Kenya

Improving school attendance and nutrition through school milk programs

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Related reports & publications

IDF provides a permanent source of authoritative scientific and other information on a whole range of topics relevant to the dairy sector.