In addition to the two virtual experiences, American Dairy Association North East provided the school with a breakfast kiosk and insulated breakfast bags that will increase access to healthy school meals and boost participation. Breakfast kiosks are a great alternative meal service, giving students an opportunity to grab their meals on the go. Insulated bags help schools transport food products in a safe and efficient manner while keeping items – such as milk and yogurt – at an optimal temperature.
The New York Thursdays program, launched in 2015 by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets with the help of American Dairy Association North East, is a statewide initiative to increase the availability of locally-sourced foods – such as milk, cheese and yogurt from local dairy farmers – for school meals. American Dairy Association North East works with schools to increase local food options on school menus and sponsors the annual “New York Thursdays” contest each year to help educate students.
Look out for more farm-to-school resources from American Dairy Association North East as we continue to develop this program. In the meantime, if your school is looking to bring programs like New York Thursdays to your students, please contact us at email@example.com.