No. Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is financed entirely by the dairy farmers in Manitoba.
The School Milk Program does not supply milk to schools. The School Milk Program encourages students to drink milk every day by making it fun and rewarding.
The School Milk Program does not provide a subsidy for milk. Contact your school division to find out if nutrition support is available. Nourishment programs such as Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba may also be able to provide nutrition support for your school. For additional sources of funding, click here.
We know Manitoba schools value an inclusive community and we want to support your school in providing one. All students have a chance to receive milk reminders.
Elementary School Milk Program – How you distribute milk reminders is up to you! Some examples include participation in: Milk Spirit Week, Family events, Health fairs, I love to read month (February), Nutrition month (March), Milk draws, etc.
High School Milk Program – All students who drink milk are eligible to win milk rewards.
Participation in one or both programs depends on the number of students participating and drinking milk. If your school meets the minimum number of students participating in each program, you can absolutely run both programs! If your school does not meet the minimum number of students for each program, you will be asked to choose either the Elementary School Milk Program or the High School Milk Program. All students in the school (kindergarten through Grade 12) can participate in the program, regardless of which you choose. We recommend the High School Milk Program for small kindergarten through Grade 12 schools, as the milk rewards are more age appropriate for older students.
Schools on the High School Milk Program do not have to use the reveal and win cards. Without the cards, the program is run the same way as the Elementary School Milk Program – using a ballot and milk draw system. If your school does not wish to use the cards, please contact us. Schools are responsible for returning the un-used cards to the School Milk Program. Once the cards have been returned, we will send additional rewards to replace the free milk included in the cards.
Milk delivery service to schools in rural Manitoba is not always available. Please refer to the Milk Delivery Services in Rural Manitoba list. If delivery service is not available, we encourage your school to get creative! Check with your local grocery store or restaurants to see if they will order milk for the school.
Milk can be included as part of a safe and healthy school plan. To learn more, click here