BUILD A MILK TEAM
Every successful School Milk Program relies on a team of champions who can help get milk moooving in their school. To ensure your school’s program is successful, be sure to divide duties among your team, based on members’ interests and abilities.
You can also benefit from having a School Milk Coordinator even if your school cafeteria is run privately or by a Food Service Operator. Your School Milk Coordinator can take care of taking orders and getting the money from students and then passing along that information to your cafeteria staff so they can distribute the milk at lunch time. When children pre-order milk, it makes it easier for everyone involved.
If your school doesn’t have a cafeteria, your School Milk Coordinator may need a few extra volunteers to help run your School Milk Program. You may also need Milk Mooovers to take care of getting the milk from the fridge and bringing it to students in each classroom.
Key players in your milk team:
01 The School Milk Coordinator
Each school needs a School Milk Champion – a parent, grandparent, teacher or staff member – who understands that milk is important for children. The School Milk Coordinator can oversee all aspects of the School Milk Program, by:
- Getting the word out by sending out notices and parent brochures that encourage students and parents to get involved.
- Organizing a payment system that takes care of payment details, like collecting money, making bank deposits and preparing order forms or milk tickets.
- Recruiting parent volunteers who can help out as need be.
- Communicating with the dairies to place, receive and check dairy orders.
- Recruiting and overseeing Milk Mooovers.
- Organizing milk distribution in order to ensure that milk gets distributed to students every day at lunch (via the cafeteria staff or via Milk Mooovers for schools without cafeterias).
02 Milk Mooovers
Milk Mooovers can be senior students, members of the student council, sport teams, school clubs or classrooms chosen by the School Milk Coordinator. The number of Milk Mooovers required depends on how much milk needs to be distributed and how many tasks can be delegated.
By assisting in the Program, senior students can learn organizational, book keeping and leadership skills. Many schools have students run the program like a small business. The students sell and distribute the milk to classrooms, roll coins, count money, prepare bank deposits and organize events.
If your school has a cafeteria, you may wish to have a separate line for the students who wish to only purchase milk. This will help speed things up at your main cash register and will at the same time encourage more students to get milk more often.