On World School Milk Day 2020, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced the next step in its school milk development work. On Sept. 30, more than 100 participants from around the world joined IDF for a virtual seminar that discussed its latest bulletin on school milk programs, and speakers from the U.S. and India presented case studies of current programs and their important impact on childhood nutrition.
Nearly 160 million children around the world currently receive and benefit from dedicated school milk programs.
In addition to celebrations for the day, IDF also announced its latest project: development of a Global School Milk Knowledge Hub, to be launched in early 2021.
This interactive online hub will bring together important information on the role of milk and dairy products in healthy diets produced by sustainable food systems and the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide case study examples and data to assist those wishing to implement school milk programs in their country and will be an invaluable source of information for those who want to learn more about school milk programs worldwide, according to IDF, which will bring together all of this information.
“On World School Milk Day 2020, we’re proud to announce that IDF is preparing to take an exciting next step towards achieving its vision of ‘Helping to Nourish the World with Safe & Sustainable Dairy’ with an announcement of the imminent launch of our Global School Milk Knowledge Hub. We look forward to sharing further details over the next few months,” IDF director general Caroline Emond said.
IDF noted that school milk programs play an important role in the nutrition of children. Evidence showing the multiple benefits generated through school feeding programs is growing. Research has demonstrated that the school environment can have a major impact on attitudes toward food, with school milk programs encouraging healthy eating habits and helping address malnutrition. Analysis shows that a quality education, combined with a guaranteed package of health and nutrition interventions at school such as the feeding programs, can contribute to child and adolescent development.
IDF is a leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. Since 1903, IDF has provided a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach a global consensus on how to help feed the world with safe and sustainable dairy products.