Every five years Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act, which governs all the school based nutrition programs operated by USDA, as well as the supplemental feeding program for women, infants and children (WIC). The sale of fluid milk alone through federal school programs accounts for almost six percent of all milk sold in the United States.
The National School Breakfast Program feeds 10 million children a day, and the National School Lunch Program feeds more than 30 million students. Each of these meals is required to offer fluid milk, and cheese and yogurts are also popular in schools.
IDFA is at the forefront of Child Nutrition policy discussions, legislative proposals and in coordination with other dairy industry stakeholders, IDFA has submitted comments, encouraging members to participate and helping to develop their testimony and comments.
IDFA works to promote and educate on dairy's importance in the diets of children and adolescents, especially through federal nutrition programs.