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Bulk Milk

Milk cartons and bottles — as well as discarded milk — are the biggest source of school food waste. 

Our Bulk Milk program helps schools transition from serving milk in single-serve containers to serving milk using bulk dispensers and reusable cups. 

Plus, milk tastes better and stays fresh longer when served in bulk!

Bulk Milk

Milk cartons and bottles — as well as discarded milk — are the biggest source of school food waste. 

Our Bulk Milk program helps schools transition from serving milk in single-serve containers to serving milk using bulk dispensers and reusable cups. 

Plus, milk tastes better and stays fresh longer when served in bulk!

About

Bulk Milk helps schools make their meal programs more environmentally sustainable — and more delicious. 

Schools are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer students milk with every lunch or breakfast they serve. Most schools today serve milk in disposable cartons or plastic bottles. With 31+ million lunches and 13+ million breakfasts served every single school day, year after year, milk packaging and liquid waste is one of the biggest sources of waste generated by school food programs.

Bulk Milk grants eligible schools across the country nearly everything they need to transition from serving milk in single-use cartons or bottles to serving milk in bulk. This includes bulk milk dispensers, staff training, marketing materials, and technical assistance. 

Serving milk in bulk not only lets schools drastically cut waste, it keeps milk colder and fresher longer. Kids consistently report milk tastes better when its served in bulk!

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners at the Posner Foundation, Life Time Foundation, and Elevance Health Foundation.

About

Bulk Milk helps schools make their meal programs more environmentally sustainable — and more delicious. 

Schools are required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer students milk with every lunch or breakfast they serve. Most schools today serve milk in disposable cartons or plastic bottles. With 31+ million lunches and 13+ million breakfasts served every single school day, year after year, milk packaging and liquid waste is one of the biggest sources of waste generated by school food programs.

Bulk Milk grants eligible schools across the country nearly everything they need to transition from serving milk in single-use cartons or bottles to serving milk in bulk. This includes bulk milk dispensers, staff training, marketing materials, and technical assistance. 

Serving milk in bulk not only lets schools drastically cut waste, it keeps milk colder and fresher longer. Kids consistently report milk tastes better when its served in bulk!

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners at the Posner Foundation, Life Time Foundation, and Elevance Health Foundation.



Grantees

To date, Bulk Milk has provided 43 grant packages to 18 school districts in 11 states across the U.S.

Arizona: St. Michael Indian School • California: Pajaro Valley Unified School District; Los Gatos Union School District; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District • Colorado: Durango School District; Greeley-Evans School District 6; Hanover School District No. 28; Lake County School District R-1 • Maryland: Caroline County Public Schools • Mississippi: Jackson Public Schools • New York: Ithaca City School District; Dryden Central School District • Pennsylvania: Ephrata Area School District • Tennessee: Trenton Special School District; Franklin Special School District • Texas: Austin Independent School District • Vermont: Windham Central Supervisory Union • Wisconsin: Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools


Get Involved

Schools

Learn more about Bulk Milk on The Lunch Box, our website and free resource library for schools. 

You can also subscribe to our Bulk Milk interest list to get notified when the next round of grant packages become available.

Supporters

Are you interested in partnering with us to support Bulk Milk grant packages? You can help more schools cut their biggest source of food and packaging waste. Contact Senior Director of Development Ali Friduss at alison.friduss@chefannfoundation.org to learn more.

Get Involved

Schools

Learn more about Bulk Milk on The Lunch Box, our website and free resource library for schools. 

You can also subscribe to our Bulk Milk interest list to get notified when the next round of grant packages become available.

Supporters

Are you interested in partnering with us to support Bulk Milk grant packages? You can help more schools cut their biggest source of food and packaging waste. Contact Senior Director of Development Ali Friduss at alison.friduss@chefannfoundation.org to learn more.


Special Thanks to Our Partners

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