Milk bottling plantDairy farmers are critical in helping Americans, particularly children, enhance their health through nutritious food products. Access to healthy meals, especially in the summertime, can help set children up for lifelong health success. The free USDA Summer Food Service Program provides children with engaging enrichment activities and nutritious foods such as dairy products even while school is out.

The dairy industry’s efforts to support these programs help children who may not have access to affordable enrichment in the summer months. Programs like the Dairy Council of California’s “Taste and Teach lesson” offer nutrition education resources to enrich meal programs. Dairy producers are encouraged to advocate for these programs to keep dairy products at the center of healthy meals and nutrition education.

Read more on dairy’s role in supporting children here.