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School Milk Scheme

School Milk Scheme

It has been confirmed that the School Milk Scheme (previously the EU School Milk Scheme) will continue, with funding in place to allow the Scheme to operate until at least the end of 2023/2024.

Many schools in Northern Ireland provide milk through the School Milk scheme. In fact, recent statistics show that 55% of primary and special education schools make milk available for their pupils. The programme encourages children to consume dairy products as part of a balanced diet, and plays an important educational role by encouraging the adoption of healthy eating patterns.

Through the scheme, subsidies are provided to schools so that milk and milk products can be provided to school children at a reduced cost. 

Parents make a contribution towards the cost which varies between each Education Authority region, but on average, the 189ml carton of milk costs around 20p… fantastic value when you consider the benefits it can provide!

For younger children, the Day Care Foods Scheme enables children under five to receive, free of charge, 189ml of milk each day they attend approved day care facilities for two hours or more.

DHSSPS is responsible for the legislation governing the scheme. The Business Services Organisation (BSO) administrates the scheme on the Department’s behalf.

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From the farm to the fridge, the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland acts on behalf of the dairy industry, promoting the natural goodness and quality of Northern Ireland milk and dairy products.

Our primary function is to communicate factual information to allow individuals to make well informed choices about dairy products that they consume and to inform them of the benefits of including dairy products in a balanced diet. We use a wide range of media, which includes television, radio, press, and social media. Our Advertising is complemented by public relations and promotional activities designed to communicate with specific groups.

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