The New York State Coalition for School-based Primary Care, a grantee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has succeeded, through its Kellogg community partners at Montefiore which operates School Based Health Centers in the Bronx, in getting whole milk removed from New York City public school lunchrooms despite the intense lobbying efforts of the American Dairy Association.
Whole milk has been part of school lunch menus since President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Program into law in 1946. The grantee’s efforts brought attention to the fact that substituting whole milk would cut the risks of obesity, diabetes and other health problems in the city school system, the nation’s largest district. An article concerning the move is available at The New York Times web site.