Assemblyman Joseph Angelino (R,C,I-Norwhich) is calling on his colleagues across the aisle to pass A.9990, a bill that would allow school districts to purchase whole and 2% milk from New York dairy producers. Federal policy prohibits the sale of whole and 2% milk in what was an effort to curb childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes, but there is little evidence that this policy has helped.
“School nutritional programs play an important role in childhood development and growth, especially for low-income students who face food scarcity. To remove one of the most nutrient-dense foods from the menu is a disservice to our kids,” said Angelino. “Access to whole and 2% milk ensures our children can grow into healthy and bright individuals. Allowing whole milk and 2% milk in our schools will also help our struggling dairy farmers. This is a win-win situation for all involved, that is why we need to pass this bill to bring back whole milk to our schools, now.”
Whole milk for many years was maligned as too high in fat; however, it is 97% fat-free and contributes greatly in positive health outcomes in children. Studies are finding children who consume whole and 2% milk have lower risks of heart disease and type-2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, increased satiety without impacting weight and better sleep. Milk also provides 13 essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fat needed for healthy childhood development. Further, adopting this policy would help local family farms, that are struggling in the state.