Dairy in Schools

Midwest Dairy proudly supports programs that improve the health and wellness of children in schools. Making milk, cheese and yogurt available at school helps ensure they get the nutrients they need. Our tools can help you enhance or expand opportunities for students to make healthy food choices.

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Supporting Healthy Schools & Students

Serving school breakfast — especially through alternative options such as Grab and Go and Breakfast in the Classroom — is possibly the easiest, most cost-effective and most directly helpful step schools can take to improve school and student wellness.

The School Breakfast Program is an important solution that provides a healthy morning meal to millions of students across the country. But many millions more students are missing out.

Read GENYOUth’s Healthier School Communities – What is at Stake Now report, underwritten by Midwest Dairy.

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Partnering with Schools

For food insecure students, school meals may be their only access to nutritious foods, including dairy foods. Alternative breakfast programs such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab n’ Go Breakfast are two options for enhancing school meals to increase participation and access to balanced meals.

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Free School Feeding Site Equipment Guide

The school year will undoubtedly look different for everyone this year. With school nutrition teams in mind, this document was compiled to alleviate some of the legwork associated with identifying appropriate options for serving students — no matter what the scenario a school district chooses. Download the Equipment Guide below.

Free Equipment Guide

Bulk Milk Dispensers

As more schools are focused on sustainability and zero waste, bulk milk dispensers are an innovative way to deliver cold milk and decrease waste. Check out some of the benefits and considerations to see if a bulk milk dispenser is right for your school.

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Hot Chocolate Toolkit

Heating chocolate milk to serve as hot chocolate is a great way to increase milk consumption and attract new students to your school’s breakfast and lunch programs. This kit offers tools ad resources to get you started!

Free Toolkit

Smoothie Toolkit

Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to spark new interest in school breakfast and lunch programs. Check out this toolkit to help get your school started!

Free Toolkit
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Maximizing School Meals

The USDA School Meal Program can be the key to a student’s success in the classroom, especially for students who don’t have access to nutritious foods at home. But there’s often a gap between the number of students who participate in School Lunch versus School Breakfast, with the morning meal numbers lagging. There are programs which can help fill the gap by making meals more accessible to more students throughout the school building.

Learn how to fill the gap

COVID-19 Emergency Menu for Schools

Does your school or child care center need a USDA-compliant menu to serve during closures due to COVID-19? Take advantage of the free COVID-19 Emergency Menu from dairy farm families and NutriStudents K-12®.

Emergency School Nutrition Grant

GENYOUth has established the COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund to assist schools nationwide as they strive to provide school meals containing essential nutrition to students during the Coronavirus pandemic. Schools can apply to receive a grant of up to $3,000 per school feeding site.

For Schools’ Sake Fund

The fund is part of a national campaign and movement, “For Schools’ Sake – Help Us Feed Our Nation’s Kids!” that is urging corporations, foundations, athletes, influencers and individuals to raise their hands in support of the 30 million food insecure students who rely on school meals.