A BIT ABOUT WORLD SCHOOL MILK DAY
In the UK, our history of school milk spans back over 100 years to the Provision of Meals Act 1906. This recognised that the provision of school food would allow needy and undernourished children benefit more from education. Also that milk was a food that could be provided to children to prevent poor nutrition.
After the Great Depression and the World Wars malnutrition among children was a great concern. So school milk schemes were introduced and developed. Throughout the 20th century, the provision of milk to school children has helped combat undernutrition in times of scarcity.
Milk and dairy products continue to play their role in our children’s health. They provide 40-50% of calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and riboflavin to the diets of UK 4-10 year olds. They also contribute 15% of energy and about 20% each of fat and protein intake. World School Milk Day celebrates the part that milk programmes have played in children’s health and educational development in times of food insecurity and in times of plenty for the UK!
School Milk for Royalty! Rumour has it, Queen Elizabeth drinks milk from cows raised on her Windsor estate every day. When Princes William and Harry went to school in Eton, she had milk sent from the Royal cows every day for their breakfasts
Last reviewed: 03/2017
Next review due: 03/2019