School Nutrition Enhanced Through Dairy Solutions



GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Dairy farmers know one of the best sources of nutrition for students is dairy and have been committed to youth wellness for decades. By responsibly producing dairy, farmers are not only feeding people but nourishing communities through addressing food insecurity challenges in schools. To continue this effort on behalf of local dairy farmers, Dairy MAX recently launched the Nutrition NOW platform as a full-service solution that offers school nutrition departments expertise and opportunities to increase dairy consumption within schools.

“During these challenging times it is so important to be innovative and effective as we work to promote dairy,” said Annelies DeRuyter, dairy farmer and Dairy MAX board member. “As dairy farmers we are passionate about feeding the next generation, so I was excited to hear about the upgraded program, Nutrition NOW, which will help Dairy MAX work with schools more efficiently and serve more of the nutritious dairy that kids need.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic making it challenging for local schools to package and distribute school meals, Nutrition NOW helps provide schools the resources needed to nourish students with dairy foods. Additionally, Dairy MAX’s team of School Wellness Consultants has come along side school nutrition teams to better understand the uncertainties around re-entry plans and school feeding to provide further support.

“This school year we are isolating our focus to getting more milk and dairy in the hands of students quickly to allow students to continue to be successful in school, while also creating the greatest …