- What is the School Milk Program?
- Getting Started
- Program Registration
- Coordinator’s Corner
- Special Events
- Parent Information
- Contact School Milk Program
No. Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is financed entirely by the dairy farmers in Manitoba.
The School Milk Program does not supply milk to schools. The School Milk Program encourages students to drink milk every day by making it fun and rewarding.
The School Milk Program does not provide a subsidy for milk. Contact your school division to find out if nutrition support is available. Nourishment programs such as Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba may also be able to provide nutrition support for your school. For additional sources of funding, click here.
All students who drink milk are eligible to win milk rewards.
Whether a student is purchasing milk at school, bringing it from home, or enjoying milk at home with lunch, they are all eligible to participate. For students who drink milk at home during the lunch hour we recommend having the student fill out a milk ticket or ballot each time they drink milk, then have their parent or guardian sign and return the ballot to the school for the milk draw.
Milk draws are only for students who drink milk during lunch hour. The purpose of the School Milk Program is to reward students for choosing milk. To involve all students in the school we would recommend applying for Milk Spirit Week.
Participation in one or both programs depends on the number of students participating and drinking milk. If your school meets the minimum number of students participating in each program, you can absolutely run both programs! If your school does not meet the minimum number of students for each program, you will be asked to choose either the Elementary School Milk Program or the High School Milk Program. All students in the school (kindergarten through Grade 12) can participate in the program, regardless of which you choose. We recommend the High School Milk Program for small kindergarten through Grade 12 schools, as the milk rewards are more age appropriate for older students.
The 2006 Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook lists both white and flavoured milk (including chocolate milk) as a beverage that can be served most often.
Milk delivery service to schools in rural Manitoba is not always available. Please refer to the Milk Delivery Services in Rural Manitoba list. If delivery service is not available, we encourage your school to get creative! Check with your local grocery store or restaurants to see if they will order milk for the school.
The local store may deliver or may require a school volunteer to pick up the milk. If picking up the milk, remember that milk should be kept cold and returned to the refrigerator as soon as possible to avoid spoilage.