ADA North East’s youth programs team continues to support local school districts and school nutrition directors to ensure students are getting milk with their meals during the quarantine. The 1,800 school districts in our region representing 13,865 schools receive our weekly e-blast reminding them that “Milk is a Must.”
We developed and shared a fact sheet in the e-blast – Serving Milk During School Closures – that gives successful distribution practices used by school districts including equipment options; freezing milk prior to distribution; enlisting assistance from the National Guard, milk processors another local community groups; and bulk milk distributions.
Recently, USDA issued a waiver for child nutrition program restrictions due to COVID-19, allowing schools to serve bulk milk distribution. This means as long as a minimum of eight ounces of milk is provided with each meal being supplied, the milk may be in a larger container. Learn more in question 18 in the document.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.