The supplied fridges and tetrapack boxes of the modern milk-in-schools programme are a far cry from the old scheme, notorious for its warm milk.
The Fonterra Milk For Schools scheme is being rolled out across the country, with the Manawatu/Whanganui arm launched at Riverdale School in Palmerston North yesterday.
More than 100 schools in the region have signed up to the scheme, which supplies 180-millilitre boxes of milk for every student.
Fonterra's director of social responsibility and sustainability, Carly Robinson, said the programme was a big logistical exercise, but with the help of several sponsors, Fonterra was committed long-term.
"It's only right we share what we do best, which is great dairy, in a way that's going to make a difference for the future."
Ms Robinson said she hoped the programme would encourage children to think about nutrition and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
She also hoped it would strengthen links between rural and urban communities and get children thinking about the source of their food products.
Riverdale School principal Debra Peck said about 360 of her students were taking part and she had received glowing feedback from many of them about the milk.
"Some of our little ones have come up to me and asked ‘is it milk time yet?'."
Mrs Peck said some students had been interested in what happened to the milk cartons after they were used, providing a chance to teach them about sustainability.
The cartons are sent to Thailand for recycling into roofing tiles, something Mrs Peck said fascinated students.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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