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From birth, we are taught the importance of milk in children. For some, it starts with breast milk and others it starts with baby formula. As time goes on most children are transitioned to whole milk. In America, milk isn’t a luxury its sold everywhere, all different kinds due to those who have allergies. As a parent, it’s my job to make sure my children are receiving the proper nutrients in their diet. It not only helps with their growth but also helps to ensure bone strength as they get older.
In the next couple of weeks my son will be starting school, my daughter is already in school. Currently, they drink a cup of milk in the morning and my son has one at night. However, whenever we buy milk we make sure we purchase the kind with added calcium to help the growth of their bones. I remember being in school and during lunchtime, milk was the only option to drink, and if you wanted something else you had to pay additional money for it.
In 2008, Heifer’s Tanzania launched a program focused on helping dairy farmers increase milk production. With help of the farmers, government agencies, school districts, Heifer’s International created the school milk feeding program to encourage a generation of milk drinkers and increase the nutrition of students!
In July 2017, Heifer School Milk Feeding Program launched and its goal is to help the community; “cow to the classroom.”
The first phase of the program; 1,742 pupils in the Njombe region received fresh 200ml packets of pasteurized milk and will continue to receive a free, daily packet of fresh milk every day Monday – Friday during the school year.
For children its vital to get the proper nutrients into their little bodies on a daily basis. I remember my mother made my sister and I eat breakfast on a daily basis! If you start the day out right with eating properly it makes for a rough rest of the day. Not to mention it will be hard to concentrate while you are sitting in class.
“The ultimate goal of Heifer’s School Milk Feeding Program is to provide 9,000 pupils (ages 9 and under) in the Njombe, Iringa, Mbeya, and Songwe regions with a packet of free fresh milk every day Monday – Friday during the school year. One packet (200ml) of milk contains at least a quarter of the daily calcium requirements for children.”
School Milk Day is September 27…
Just $75 can provide one student with fresh milk for a school year (that’s just 40 cents a day)! Supporting the Heifer’s School Milk Feeding Program will positively impact communities by providing milk for children who suffer from a lack of proper nutrition, empowering students to focus on learning instead of hunger, creating a reliable market for producers and increasing farmers’ incomes and reducing poverty!
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