Individually Packaged Cheese
Adding a variety of individually packaged cheese to your menu is a convenient way to increase both meal participation and a la carte sales. Offering individually packaged cheese in a variety of flavors provides a tasty, nutrient-rich food that students love!
Dairy foods provide critical nutrients that help improve children’s overall diet and health. Midwest Dairy Council, in partnership with the National Dairy Council, offers the latest science-based information and resources designed to help health care professionals, school nutrition professionals and teachers understand the role of nutrient-rich dairy foods in improving child nutrition.
Dairy Vending is an excellent strategy to make sure students have convenient opportunities to make healthy choices throughout the school campus and increase their consumption of milk, cheese, and yogurt.
New Look of School Milk
What moves students to drink milk? According to a 2002 study involving 100,000 students, milk consumption increased 37% when: Presented in kid-friendly plastic containers or 3 color paperboard; Offered in a variety of flavors; Improvements made in storage and refrigeration to ensure ice cold milk; Increased availability on the school campus, including meal lines, vending, and a la carte.
Many schools capture breakfast skippers by Breakfast Revitalization service beyond the cafeteria's walls. The reason – schools find that when they take breakfast to students, instead of expecting the student to come to the cafeteria, more students eat breakfast and gain the academic, behavioral and nutritional benefits.
Kids love cold milk! Milk tastes best when it is served cold, between 35°F and 40°F. Temperature is a key component of the taste and appeal of milk for everyone, but especially kids. Keeping milk at the proper temperature also ensures its freshness and safety.
The Dietary guidelines and My Pyramid for Kids recommend 3 daily servings of low fat or fat-free dairy as part of a healthy diet. Check out ideas in the three Promotional handouts to promote your breakfast, lunch, flavored milk, a la carte and vending programs to students.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.