School Meals

School meals that include dairy play an important role in the health and well being of all students, but especially students experiencing food insecurity.

Deadline 8/7/2020 
100th Anniversary Grant Opportunity 

For 100 years, dairy farmers have supported New England Dairy and built a legacy of supporting healthy kids and their academic success.  Our organization and the local dairy farmers we represent understand the important role that school meals play in nourishing students across New England—now more than ever. We are committed to continue supporting schools to ensure students have access to nutrient rich foods including dairy throughout their school day. 

In recognition of our 100th Anniversary, New England Dairy is excited to announce funding opportunity from New England Dairy Farmers to eligible schools in CT, MA, NH, RI & VT to support food service needs related to serving meals in alternative ways related to COVID-19 social distancing measures during the 2020-21 school year

We understand feeding students during this time will require drastic changes in some schools and we want to support the outstanding efforts of school nutrition professionals to make sure our students are nourished and ready to learn.

Due to limited funding, allowable costs associated with this grant funding should be used for the purpose of promoting dairy sales with school meals. Non-allowable costs associated with this funding include but are not limited to sanitation equipment and supplies, disposable items, and stipends. Funding is limited and will be awarded based on strength of plan and potential impact. 

In order to be considered for this grant school districts must be up to date on all data collection for any previous grants by August 7, 2020.

Submit your application to by midnight on August 7, 2020. If you need an application for more than four schools, please email a request to

Milk, with its 9 essential nutrients, including protein, calcium and vitamin D, is an important part of school meal programs. Many school breakfast and lunch programs also offer nutrient-rich yogurt and cheese to ensure that students get the nutrition they need.

We support schools in making sustainable changes to the school nutrition environment that will increase participation in meal programs and, more importantly, increase students’ intake of nutrient-rich foods.  One out of two kids, ages 9 and up, aren’t getting enough calcium, vitamin D and potassium – essential nutrients they need to grow strong – and dairy milk is the top food source of these nutrients in the diet (1,2). Serving dairy in innovative ways, like hot chocolate milk or smoothies at breakfast, can be a great way to increase participation AND bridge nutrient gaps.

1. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Appendix E-2.1. First Print, 2015.

2. Fulgoni VL, Keast DR, Quann EE, Auestad N. Food sources of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and potassium in the U.S. The FASEB Journal. 2010;24:325.1.

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Marketing and promoting healthy options is an effective way to encourage students to make better meal choices.  Through grant opportunities, New England Dairy may be able to help your school with the purchase of commercial quality equipment to support increasing consumption of healthy foods in your school meals program . Whether you want to focus on point-of-purchase, cafeteria restyle or breakfast, we can help provide you with examples to get you started.

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