A Feeding America study found that 77 percent of daily milk intake for low income children comes from school meals. To help school nutrition directors prepare for the atypical upcoming school year, ADA North East’s youth programs team developed a new online resource. The “Nutrition Connection” provides valuable tools, resources and links to help provide students with healthy meals that include milk in a safe and efficient environment.
One key area includes equipment and packaging methods to distribute lunches depending on school requirements – classroom delivery, grab and go equipment, efficient packaging, and protective equipment for student safety.
ADA North East is also offering a Back 2 School Equipment Rewards Grant. Application proposals must show how the equipment will increase dairy consumption in school meals. Applications are due Aug. 31, and the equipment will be implemented in schools between November and December.
Equipment and Packaging
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.