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NMPF, IDFA Support Legislation Allowing Whole Milk in School Meals



WASHINGTON, D.C.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcome the introduction of legislation sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, allowing whole milk in school nutrition programs.

Adding whole milk to school menus reflects research showing that such products benefit children and give school administrators one more tool with which to develop healthy eating habits

The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 832) has eight other co-sponsors, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee.

Adding whole milk to school menus reflects research showing that such products benefit children and give school administrators one more tool with which to develop healthy eating habits.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF“Whole milk provides yet another way for children to receive dairy’s nutritional benefits as part of a healthy eating pattern,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “This bill encourages the proper nutrition they need to lead healthy lives.”

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, IDFA“We thank Rep. Thompson for his leadership and Chairman Peterson for being an original co-sponsor on this bill to allow schools more flexibility to offer the same types of milk that children and teens enjoy at home. Providing expanded milk options will help ensure that students get the nutrients that milk uniquely provides, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA.




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