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.

COVID-19 School Feeding Resources

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School Nutrition Equipment Check out some examples of equipment that can improve your school’s nutrition environment by browsing the equipment catalogs and order forms Learn More Here
Equipment Solutions for Alternative School Feeding Scenarios This resource from NDC offers solutions for serving food in any alternative environment Download Here
SNA Equipment & Operations Guide Choose the right equipment for your breakfast after the bell program, regardless of delivery model or grade level Learn More Here
Equipment List for Meal Service This resource from No Kid Hungry captures new and existing equipment items that can be used to serve meals under COVID-19 Download Here
New England Dairy Grab and Go Breakfast & Lunch Ideas Five breakfast and five lunch recipe ideas for grab & go meals that are easy to put together in advance and distribute to students Download Here
NDC Top 10 Grab and Go Recipes National Dairy Council came up with a list of their top ten favorite Grab and Go recipes Download Here
USDA 2020 Equipment Grant Visit your State Agency for more information about applications and deadlines Learn More Here
Maximize Your Milk Shows how dairy contributes protein and calcium to typical school meals and includes tips on how to integrate more dairy into favorite foods Download Here
Make the Most of your Dairy Tip sheet with information on how to store and creatively use dairy products to prevent food waste Download Here
New England Dairy YouTube Channel Check out our virtual farm tours or get informed with our videos on nutrition and sustainability Learn More Here
FUTP60 School Nutrition Professionals Page FUTP60 provides tools for school nutrition professionals Learn More Here

How New England Dairy Farmers are Supporting School Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic

As school districts across the New England region work around-the-clock to feed their students with either grab-n-go or home delivered meals, local dairy farmers have stepped up to support those efforts. New England Dairy has invested more than $71,000 to purchase and donate cooler bags to help schools store and transport school meals and milk

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student drinking chocolate milk pointing to a sign saying "milk is a must"

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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