Dairy UK calls for post-Brexit school milk funding
On World School Milk Day 2018, Dairy UK has called on the British government to safeguard the future of school milk schemes by committing to their long-term funding post-Brexit.
New research carried out on behalf of Dairy UK showed that over three-quarters of parents in the UK are concerned about the funding of school milk schemes after Brexit, with 87% of parents rating the schemes as ‘incredibly valuable’ to children.
Currently UK children receive subsidised milk through two schemes; the Nursery Milk Scheme and the EU School Milk Scheme. Regarding the latter, Dairy UK has called on the British government to commit to funding a replacement scheme post-Brexit, to ensure British children continue to receive subsidised school milk.
Chief executive of Dairy UK, Dr Judith Bryans says, “Milk is so important to the growth and development of children – just one carton provides calcium, protein, iodine, B vitamins and other vital nutrients. School milk schemes mean that children from all backgrounds can access nutritious foods, like milk. In light of rising levels of childhood obesity it is paramount that funding for these schemes continues, so that we educate the next generation about healthy food and diets.”