Fonterra lifting lid on free school milk

Last updated 05:00 04/04/2013

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More than 150 Southland and Otago primary schools have been invited to be among the first schools in the country to receive free milk for their students under the nationwide Fonterra Milk for Schools programme.

The invitation marks the next step in the rollout of Fonterra Milk for Schools, which begins in the south of the South Island before working its way up the country.

Fonterra Group's general manager of global co-operative social responsibility, Carly Robinson, said the team was excited about initiating the national rollout.

Schools were last year asked to indicate their interest in the programme to help Fonterra determine potential uptake.

The Southland and Otago schools which responded are now being sent application packs to give them more information so they can decide whether to join.

Any eligible schools that have not expressed their interest in the programme yet can do so at any time via the Fonterra Milk for Schools website.

As the programme rolls out nationally, schools that have expressed interest in the programme will be contacted when applications open in their area, with Canterbury following Southland and Otago.

It is expected to take a full year to get to all regions of the country.

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