Sir George visited Balksbury Infant School in Andover to celebrate World School Milk Day.
"I enjoyed my morning and carton of milk at Balksbury Infants - a popular and successful school under Patricia Murley and Elisabeth Howe's leadership."
World School Milk Day is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is celebrated in over 30 countries around the world.
The goal of World School Milk Day is to celebrate children drinking milk in school and early years settings on one day of the year all across the world. This year, it will take place on Wednesday 26th September. Launched in 2000, the day is used to promote the importance of drinking milk at school to children in a fun and educational way.
In the UK, an estimated 1.5 million children receive free milk every day, with about 40 per cent supplied by intermediaries or through teaching staff making arrangements with local retailers.
This year in the UK, MPs are showing their support for school milk by visiting local primary schools and nurseries between 26th September and 16th October. While at the schools and nurseries, they will be handing out milk to thousands of children and judging a picture competition.
World School Milk Day in the UK is funded by Cool Milk.
Why School and Nursery Milk?
Milk contains nearly all the vitamins and nutrients of importance to humans, including over half of a child’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of calcium which is vital to help build strong and healthy teeth and bones. Getting these vitamins and nutrients in early childhood provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow up strong and healthy.
In the UK:
• School and nursery milk is free for children under the age of five
• School milk may be free to children receiving or entitled to free school meals*
• School milk is subsidised for all other children in primary education.
* In selected schools, dependent upon the Local Authority.
How school and nursery milk is funded
Milk is subsidised by the European Union under the European school milk scheme making it cheaper for milk to be provided to children in schools.
Milk for children aged under five is also funded by the Department of Health and is free to children under five in schools, nurseries or other child care settings.
There are many additional benefits for children to receive milk at school or nursery:
• Interaction with other children
• Development of important social skills, including responsibility and sharing
• Improved brain function
• Refuelling – energy and hydration boost
• Perfect portion – the size of serving helps ensure children are receiving their Recommended Daily Allowance of key vitamins and nutrients
• Education – school milk can be used to teach children about where food comes from
• Rehydration after an active playtime
• Celebrations – children are given the opportunity to celebrate drinking milk and being healthy – whether that’s a local competition or celebrating World School Milk Day with over 30 countries!