World School Milk Day - September
Wed, Sep 27, 2023

World School Milk Day

World School Milk Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of September. It is dedicated to the benefits of milk for children.


The first school milk program was launched by Ellen Wilkinson, who served as Minister for Education in England. She urged Parliament to pass a law requiring milk to be served in schools free of charge. In 1945, the law was passed. Thus, each child under 18 received a pint of milk daily during their stay at school. The initiative was supported by other countries. A similar program appeared in the United States in 1955, but the holiday was first celebrated in 2000.

Interesting Facts

  • The Special Dairy Program became part of the US Baby Food Act in 1966, but the amount of the drink was not a pint, as in England, but half a pint.
  • Milk is rich in calcium, so it helps children’s bones and teeth become stronger.
  • The fortified drink that children receive contains vitamin D, which is essential for growth.
  • Milk also prevents dehydration, maintains a normal level of vision, and gives energy.

How to take part

Drink milk and give enough of it to children. Ask if your child’s school has a special dairy program. Read about the benefits of this drink, motivate your child to drink it and eat dairy products. Find interesting milk recipes and make them.

When is World School Milk Day celebrated in 2023?

World School Milk Day is observed on the last Wednesday of September each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday September 27 2023
Wednesday September 25 2024
Wednesday September 24 2025
Wednesday September 30 2026

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