School milk resources

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

On this page you will find links to a range of information to assist with the development and implementation of school milk programs. If you have information you would like to share, please contact us

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Programs around the world

School milk and wider feeding programs contribute to the good health and nutrition of school children around the world. 

There are a wide range programs in place, either dedicated school milk
programs or integrated in wider school feeding, with the number of programs increasing each year. Schools and milk providers implement programs in a range of ways – from national or regional level to individual schools.

Find out more about school milk in your part of the world.

Dairy in global guidelines

Milk is a nutrient-dense food that provides significant value to school meals and nourishing students. Highly palatable, milk—along with other dairy foods—play an important role in the diet of children.

Reflecting this important contribution, milk and dairy products are frequently included in food-based dietary guidelines.

What are global dietary guidelines and why are they important?

Food-based dietary guidelines are intended to establish a basis for public food and nutrition, health and agricultural policies and nutrition education programs to foster healthy eating habits and lifestyles. The guidelines provide advice on foods, food groups and dietary patterns to provide the required nutrients to the general public to promote overall health and prevent chronic diseases.

The FAO database on dietary guidelines show that currently 94 countries have dietary guidelines with 100% of them advising the consumption of dairy. This is in support of the overwhelming evidence that the consumption of dairy foods are part of healthy dietary patterns and are associated with positive health outcomes.

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Educational support & resources

Many school milk programs are supported by educational measures. This can include lessons, but can also include farm visits, tasting and cooking workshops, activities, and games. 

These can help to reconnect children to agriculture and teach them about healthy eating habits, along with important issues such as local food chains, organic farming, sustainable production, and topics like recycling and food waste.

Educational activities may also involve teachers and parents as they are role models for children’s healthy eating habits and lifestyles, with promotion of the benefits of active lifestyles through the distribution of physical education packs to schools.

Do you have any for fun, educational materials to use in classrooms about dairy farming and nutritious dairy foods? Please share them with us!
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School milk inspiration!

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Learn more about school milk

Find out more about school milk programs around the world.

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 case studies

Sharing practical experience and resources from around the world.

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School Milk Knowledge Hub

Contributing to the good health and nutrition of school children around the world

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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.