Dairy in Your School

New England dairy farmers have supported science-based child nutrition education programs and wellness interventions for 100 years.

New England Dairy and the dairy farm families of New England are proud to support and partner with New England schools to ensure that students have access to the healthy foods they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Our staff and programs help to increase participation in school meals through creative marketing and menu ideas, technical assistance, and the chance for grant funding to support sustainable changes. We also educate students and educators about local dairy farming and how their favorite dairy foods are produced. Through our flagship in-school wellness program Fuel Up to Play 60 we offer strategies, resources, and funding to engage students in improving the school wellness environment through increased access to healthy foods and physical activity.

Summer Meals Grant Opportunity

New England Dairy announces a funding opportunity from New England Dairy Farmers to support Summer Meals expansion in CT, MA, NH, RI & VT through:   

Food Service Equipment:  Preference given to food service equipment for new sites or for food service equipment that will increase participation at an existing site. (Limit: $1,000 per site) 

Vehicle Wrap Costs: Designs must include dairy images, sponsorship credit, and be approved by a New England Dairy representative prior to wrapping. (Limit: $2,000 per vehicle that delivers meals directly to students) 

Marketing support: Preference given to plans that boost participation through participant engagement. (Limit: $500 per town/school district)  

Funds are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to Summer Meals equipment requests that start new or expand existing programs, and those that have a plan to use the purchased equipment during the school year. Applications must be submitted to dairygrants@newenglanddairy.com by 11:59 PM on April 30, 2020.   

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Dairy in Your School

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    School Meals

    Dairy can help increase participation in your school meal program and improve the nutrition of students!

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    Dairy Farm to School

    Highlight local dairy and teach your students where their favorite dairy foods come from.

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  • Fuel Up to Play 60

    Get students involved and increase opportunities for healthy meals and physical activity at your school.

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  • School FAQs

    Have questions about Fuel Up to Play 60, flavored milk, or something else?

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    New England Dairy youth wellness programs are making a difference in local schools.

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    Resource Page

    This is your one stop shop for resources you can use in schools.

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9 Tips for Increasing Milk Consumption in Schools

It’s important for kids to fuel their bodies with proper nutrition, and real dairy milk has nutrients kids need. In fact, 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.

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