+Milk

+MILK

+MILK

Connecting Students to Dairy

What goes best with a BC grown fresh fruit or vegetable snack? A nice cold drink of BC milk!

Primary students across BC enrolled in the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP) have been enjoying the health benefits of fresh, local milk thanks to a partnership with the BC Dairy Association. In 2016 the +Milk program delivered milk to over 156,000 kindergarten to grade 5 students. Primary students also enjoy using our classroom resource, “A Cow’s Tale,” which is a series of information and activity sheets that introduces them to the world of milk and dairy farming.

Why We Love +MILK

As with fruits and vegetables, we know that children aren’t meeting Canada's Food Guide Serving recommendations when it comes to milk and dairy alternatives consumption. In fact:

  • 37% of children aged 4 to 8 do not meet the minimum recommended number of servings of milk and dairy alternatives each day. Children this age need 2 Food Guide Servings/day. A Food Guide Serving is equivalent to 8 oz or 250 mL.

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The problem grows as children get older and as the need for the health benefits of calcium in milk and dairy alternatives increases:

  • 61% of boys and 83% of girls aged 9 to 16 fail to meet recommendations for consuming milk and dairy alternatives. Children and youth in this age group need 3 - 4 Food Guide Servings/day.

By adding milk to our delivery of fresh produce to primary schools enrolled in the BCSFVNP, we are working to ensure that growing children have a better chance of meeting these healthy eating requirements. With funding provided by the BC Dairy Association, the Province of British Columbia, and the Provincial Health Services Authority, we are able to provide fresh BC milk to classrooms at no cost to students or their families.

For additional resources about milk, visit the BC Dairy Association.

Supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the BC Dairy Association.

Sign Us Up!

+Milk is available to all kindergarten to grade 5 students in schools currently enrolled in the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP).

To add +Milk to your BCSFVNP for the next school year, simply use the Annual Renewal Form available on your BCSFVNP school login. To sign up for +Milk partway through the school year, we ask for the principal to email BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, or Carla McBeth, requesting enrollment.

Once you are enrolled in +Milk, there's no need to re-apply each year. We just need you to complete the online Annual Renewal Form and submit it to us by mid-June for the next school year.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

  • First, make sure your school is enrolled in the BCSFVNP. If not, find out how to apply here, or email us at BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.
  • Currently, +Milk is only available to students in grades K to 5. The school must take a whole-school approach to the program, so all K to 5 classrooms in your school must participate.
  • The school agrees that students will receive their serving of milk in a classroom setting and it will not replace recess or lunch foods.
  • The school principal must indicate support of participation when completing the online application and provide his/her contact information.
  • The school designates one +Milk Coordinator.
  • In order for us to ensure that the program is running smoothly, and to track any issues and successes, we ask schools to fill out online log sheets, provided on the school login page, then submit them on a monthly basis to the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) program office.
  • The school understands it is their responsibility to provide adequate refrigeration for milk; dairy products should be stored at 0°- 4°C (32°- 40°F).
  • The +Milk Coordinator must manage any allergy alerts.
  • The +Milk Coordinator works directly with the BCAITC team and the school’s designated BCSFVNP In-School Coordinator.

Supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the BC Dairy Association.

A Crop of Resources!

To support teachers using classroom milk time as a teaching opportunity about healthy eating, BC agriculture, and farm-food connections, we’ve created a resource especially for +Milk: “A Cow's Tale.”

“A Cow’s Tale” is a series of information and activity sheets designed to introduce primary students to the wonderful world of milk and dairy farming. It follows the life of a calf named Please on a fictional, family-run BC dairy farm called Cowsville Farm. In each chapter, Please leads students to discoveries about where Canadian milk comes from, dairy cows, how cows produce milk, how farmers milk cows, other foods we make from milk, and the many activities and jobs on a dairy farm. Each chapter finishes with a classroom experiment, an engaging learning game, or a “Drink Up and Reuse It” seasonal craft using the empty +Milk plastic serving cups.

Available in PDF format, “A Cow's Tale” can be downloaded and printed or displayed on a classroom digital projector or SMART Board.

A Cow's Tale Chapter 1 

A Cow's Tale Chapter 2

A Cow's Tale Chapter 3 

A Cow's Tale Chapter 4

A Cow's Tale Chapter 5

A Cow's Tale Chapter 6 

A Cow's Tale Chapter 7

A Cow's Tale Chapter 8

A Cow's Tale Chapter 9

A Cow's Tale Chapter 10

A Cow's Tale Chapter 11

A Cow's Tale Chapter 12

A Cow's Tale Chapter 13

A Cow's Tale Complete Set Chapters 1 to 13

A Dairy Glossary

For additional resources about milk, visit the BC Dairy Association.

Supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the BC Dairy Association.

Partners Make It Possible — Thank You!

It is the support of our partners in the agriculture and dairy industries that has made the BCSFVNP +Milk program such a success. With their efforts and teamwork, we will continue to increase the number of BC students enjoying the fresh taste and nutritional benefits of milk and dairy alternatives along with fresh, grown-in-BC fruits and vegetables. Special thanks to our BC dairy farmers for everything they do to bring fresh milk to our classrooms and homes.

For additional resources about milk, visit the BC Dairy Association.

Government:

BC Ministry of Agriculture

BC Ministry of Education

BC Ministry of Health

Community Nutritionists of BC

First Nations Health Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority

Distribution:

Bayview Market Haida Gwaii

Corilair Charters

Daystar Market Galiano Island

Lady Rose Marine Services

Lillooet Country Store

Novex Delivery Solutions

Papason Trucking Ltd.

Pemberton Valley Supermarket

Pender Harbour/Madeira Park Marketplace IGA

Pender Island Driftwood Centre

Saputo Dairy Products Canada

Saturna General Store

Save-on-Foods

Shearwater Resort & Marina

Shop Easy Hagensborg Mercantile

Shop Easy Tumbler Ridge

Tofino Co-op

Tru Value Foods

Watson Lake Foods - Super A

Product Suppliers:

Saputo Dairy Products Canada

Earth’s Own Food Company

 

Join Us!

To find out how you or your business can support this exciting program, contact BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation or check out our Partnership Opportunities

Supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the BC Dairy Association.

Teachers and Parents Ask the Best Questions

1. Is there a cost to schools or parents to participate?

There is NO COST to schools, students, or their families to participate in +Milk.

2. Where does the funding come from?

Funding for +Milk comes from a partnership between the BC Dairy Association, the Province of British Columbia, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.

3. Is the milk from BC?

All milk provided in the program is from BC dairy farmers.

4. What kind of milk do the students receive?

Students receive 2% white milk from BC dairy cows on BC dairy farms.

5. Will dairy milk alternatives be made available for students with dairy sensitivities?

Yes, a fortified non-flavoured soy beverage will be available for students with a registered dairy sensitivity.

6. How is the milk served?

The milk comes in 120 mL foil top, recyclable plastic serving cups. One portion is provided per K to grade 5 student. The fortified soy beverage comes in a 250 mL recyclable serving cup. Each student receives their own cup of milk.

7. Where can we get more information on BC milk?

Please visit the BC Dairy Association or call them at 1-800-242-6455.

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K-5 schools
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Farmers
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Servings
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