Chill Out with Cold Milk Webinar

Presented by: Lonnie Burt, MS, RD, CD-N Retired Senior Food & Child Nutrition Director, Hartford Public Schools and Becca Story MS, RD, Senior School Nutrition Specialist, New England Dairy

Milk tastes best when it’s icy cold. Poor flavor is the most common reason students don’t select milk with school meals and miss out on the important nutrients milk provides. Improper storage and service temperature is one of the several factors that can affect milk taste. This 30 minute webinar will address the declining milk consumption in youth in New England, milk’s unique nutrient package, and how it can help make up for nutritional shortfalls in the diets of students. Participants will review HACCP principals related to receiving, storing and serving cold foods like milk as well as best practices for serving great tasting milk.

At the end of the webinar, the participant will be able to:  

  1. Explain the nutrient contributions of milk in the diet and why it is included in the school meal patterns. 
  2. Identify how to properly receive, store, and serve milk to protect its safety and flavor in their school. 


Lonnie Burt, MS, RD, CD-N

Lonnie has worked in Child Nutrition for 38 years and recently retired from Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut where she was the Senior Food & Child Nutrition Services Director from 2004-2023.  She is a Registered Dietitian and  has served in several School Nutrition Association of CT BOD roles including president, Education Chair, and Marketing Chair.



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Chill Out with Cold Milk Cooler Giveaway

Ensure your students have the best tasting milk possible by submitting New England Dairy’s Chill Out with Cold Milk temperature survey for a chance to win a free refrigerated milk cooler. Surveys can be submitted online or emailed to by 11:59PM on 2/28/2024.

Click here for full details and official rules.

Webinar Resources & Handouts for Download

Title Description
Cold Milk Checklist Use this checklist to make sure you are keeping milk as cold as possible for service to students Download
10 Ways to Promote Milk with Meals 10 creative ways to encourage students to drink more milk Download
Manual Thermometer Calibration Resource Step-by-step guide for calibrating manual thermometers Download
Milk: A Nutrient Powerhouse 13 Nutrients to fuel your day Download

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