May 31, 2010
June Is Dairy Month Serves as a Healthy Eating Reminder for Moms and Kids
SACRAMENTO, CA — During June Is Dairy Month, Dairy Council of California reminds moms that milk provides the nutrition kids need when they’re out of school and not benefiting from the essential nutrients found in school breakfast and lunch programs.
By design, school lunches provide one-third of the recommended daily allowances of protein, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and calories that kids need for healthy development. However, only a fraction of children have access to food programs over summer vacation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service agency, of the 18.5 million children who received free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch during the 2008 school year, only 3.5 million children had access to summer food programs. [Read more]