World School Milk Day celebrated at nursery by Barking MP

Margaret Hodge MP drinks milk for World Milk Day with children from Gascoigne Nursery in Barking.

Margaret Hodge MP drinks milk for World Milk Day with children from Gascoigne Nursery in Barking. - Credit: Archant

A national health initiative to encourage children to drink more milk was launched by the MP for Barking.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge, marked World School Milk Day at Gascoigne Children’s Centre, The Coverdales, on Friday, September 27 by becoming a milk monitor for the day at the nursery.

The project, will take place in hundreds of schools and nurseries across the UK in September and October and sees an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five receive free fresh milk delivered to the classroom every day, while pupils aged five to 11 receive subsidised milk.

The scheme, which has celebrated drinking milk in schools and nurseries in over 30 countries since 2000, is backed by Cool Milk, the UK’s leading school milk provider, who funds World School Milk Day, and is driven by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

John Sedgwick, managing director for Cool Milk said: “School milk provides a great boost for children because it is such a wholesome and nutritional product.


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“All children in nurseries and schools up and down the country should have access to school milk every day.”

For more information about World School Milk Day, please visit www.worldschoolmilkday.com.

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