Find out if your child’s school is registered in the ESMP

Call 1-888-730-MILK (6455) to see if your child’s school is registered in the ESMP.

Lunch Tips

Finding lunches that your child(ren) will enjoy is never easy. We have some great ideas to solve those lunch box blues.

Great lunch tips for kids

What is the Elementary School Milk Program?

The Elementary School Milk Program is committed to providing elementary students with milk on a daily basis so they can stay healthy, alert and ready to learn. Since its inception, millions of children have benefited from this program with the help of thousands of volunteers and people in the dairy industry.

  • The ESMP has been providing milk in schools across Ontario for over 25 years
  • Over 70% of the elementary schools in Ontario have registered
  • The ESMP makes fresh, cold milk available to almost 1 million students every day
How your child can benefit

Studies show that well-nourished children can concentrate longer and perform better in school.1, 2, 3
Milk is packed with 16 essential nutrients, including calcium for healthy teeth and niacin for growth and development. It also contains protein and carbohydrates that provide energy to help keep children going! Unfortunately, one third of Canadian children are not consuming their minimum daily recommended servings of Milk and Alternatives. Through the School Milk Program, you can help ensure your child gets one more serving of milk’s 16 essential nutrients during their school day.

How you can benefit

You’ll have access to milk and know that your child is getting an extra serving of milk every day at school so they can stay healthy, alert and ready to learn. The program is also a great opportunity to fundraise – many schools raise $1,000 - $5,000 a year.

Become an ESMP volunteer

As an ESMP volunteer or Milk Coordinator, you can ensure children are getting a serving of milk at school by helping to place orders, supervise milk delivery, keep track of collections and payments, and organize program events like World School Milk Day. It’s a great way to get involved in the school and community.

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  1. MacLellan D, Taylor J, Wood K. Food intake and academic performance among adolescence. Can J Diet Prac Res 2008; 69(3):141-144.
  2. Florence MD, Asbridge M, Veugelers PJ. Diet quality and academic performance. J Sch Health 2008; 78:209-215.
  3. Sorhaindo A, Feinstein L. What is the Relationship Between Child Nutrition and School Outcomes? Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning Research Report No. 18. Institute of Education, London, 2006. Available at Accessed August 13, 2009.