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Dairy Council

World School Milk Day 2022

Score! Wednesday 28th September is World School Milk Day and as the school term kicks off, the pupils of Acorn Integrated Primary School in Carrickfergus celebrate break time milk.

More than half of Northern Ireland’s primary and special education schools are part of the School Milk Scheme, which places emphasis on the importance of milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle.

A carton of milk at break time can provide a powerful boost to meeting children’s nutrient needs – along with calcium, it supplies protein, potassium, phosphorus, iodine and vitamins B2 and B12.

Dr Mike Johnston, Dairy Council for Northern Ireland CEO said,

The school milk programme is important as it encourages children to consume dairy products as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As we celebrate World School Milk Day 2022, up to 1,000,000 litres of milk are now enjoyed by 55% of primary and special education schools, and I am delighted so many children across Northern Ireland are enjoying both the great taste and the nutritional benefits of milk during the school day."

Find out more about the benefits of school milk and download our ‘Milk and More’ booklet about eating well throughout the school day.

Pictured from L-R are: Abbie Lucas and Liam Welsh (P4) and Maisie Neill and Owen Campbell (P3)