Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

MLA pushes DARD for free milk in Antrim schools

UUP Assembly member Robin Swann has called on the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to follow England and Wales in their mission to encourage children to drink milk by offering it for free to schoolchildren.

“I want to campaign for every primary school pupil between the ages of five and 11 to be entitled to up to 250 millilitres of European Union subsidised milk in schools every day,” said Mr Swann.

“DARD needs to follow the example of events, such as the National School Milk Week in England and Wales. During that week, 200 primary schools in England and Wales receive free milk for a day to encourage pupils to take advantage of its free or subsidised availability.

“I urge DARD to extend this excellent idea to Northern Ireland and use schools in North Antrim as a pilot scheme."

The former President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster added: “Nothing is more important than the health of our constituency’s children and students and there is no healthier food than milk.”

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