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School Milk Scheme

School Milk Scheme

EU Exit update: the EU School Milk Scheme will continue as it is until the 31st December 2020 and no changes are anticpated to the running of the scheme after this.

Many schools in Northern Ireland provide milk through the EU 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, the European Union provides subsidies to schools, which are supplemented by funds from the UK government, 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 less than 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.

November 25

A huge thank you to Prof Adam Drewnowski @DrAdamDrew and @NICHE for our 31st Annual D…

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November 25

Dairy Council for NI chair, Dermot Farrell gives the ‘vote of thanks’ to Prof Ada…

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November 25

A sustainable diet should be healthy and also affordable but as Prof Adam Drewnowski…

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November 25

Prof Adam Drewnowski emphasises the importance of considering all four domains of sus…

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November 25

We are delighted to have Prof Adam Drewnowski @DrAdamDrew give the 31st Annual Dairy…

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November 25

Prof Sean Strain @NICHE_ULSTER introduces Prof Adam Drewnowski to give the Annual Dai…

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November 25

Prof Carol Curran, Executive Dean, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences @UlsterUni welco…

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November 25

Just a few minutes to go until the Annual Dairy Council Lecture 2020 begins... Prof S…

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November 25

Very much looking forward to the 31st Annual Dairy Council Nutrition Lecture with @NI…

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November 20

RT @JohnBlairMLA: At #SustainabledairyEU virtual farm visit today. Thanks @DairyCounc…

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November 20

And with that, Dr Mike Johnston draws our virtual farm visit to a close and thanks Ja…

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James says he has grassland that has been down there for 40+ years and is still going…

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November 20

Neville Graham says, "Our carbon outputs per litre have become lower than the Europea…

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November 20

Neville Graham says, "We need to support new entrants to the industry. Farmers are en…

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November 20

RT @Kelmba: Attending Virtual Farm Visit - EU Sustainable Dairy- From Research to Pra…

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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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