World School Milk Day is held all over the world on the last Wednesday of September every year to celebrate the benefits and success of school milk programmes
The first World School Milk Day was celebrated in September 2000 and has since become an annual event.
In the UK, the history of school milk goes back over 100 years to the Provision of Meals Act 1906. This recognised that the provision of school food would allow needy and undernourished children to benefit more from education. Also, that milk was a food that could be provided to children to prevent poor nutrition.
After the Great Depression and the World Wars malnutrition among children was a great concern. School milk schemes were introduced and developed.
Throughout the 20th century, the provision of milk to school children has helped combat undernutrition in times of scarcity.
For more information on the nutritional value of milk for children, visit https://www.milk.co.uk/world-school-milk-day/