The Bulk Milk Solution: Chef Ann Foundation Launches National Program to Help Schools Reduce Food Waste

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Milk is one of the biggest sources of food waste at schools across the country. Schools serve approximately 275 million single-serve cartons of milk to K-12 students every school day, resulting in a staggering amount of waste. Switching to serving milk from a bulk dispenser into reusable cups is a simple way for schools to drastically cut waste. 

To help schools transition to using bulk milk dispensers, Chef Ann Foundation launched Bulk Milk. Through this new program, school districts anywhere in the U.S. can apply now for a grant to receive nearly all of the equipment, materials, and training needed to implement a bulk milk serving system. 

Early adopters of bulk milk dispensers have seen impressive results. Canby School District in Oregon eliminated approximately 50% of its school lunch waste volume. Meanwhile, Bluestone Elementary in Virginia saw a 91% reduction of milk packaging waste volume when it moved to using a bulk milk dispenser. 

Waste also comes from milk students don't drink. Approximately 45 million gallons of milk get poured down drains at schools each year. Wasted milk means the environmental and financial resources that went into producing, transporting, cooling, and storing the milk are wasted, too. By switching to a bulk milk system, which allows students to pour themselves only the amount of milk they want to drink, schools could save 30 pounds of carbon dioxide per student annually — the equivalent of taking 145,000 gas-powered vehicles off the road.

Further, schools using bulk milk dispensers found that students are consuming more milk, supporting improved nutrition. "Since switching to bulk milk, we've noticed increases in consumption. The kids love the taste and enjoy drinking from a cup instead of a carton," said Rita Denton, director of student nutrition at Mansfield Independent School District in Texas. 

Denton's experience is backed by a wider study on school milk waste and consumption. By better regulating temperature, bulk milk dispensers help improve taste. "Dispenser milk is always cold and delicious. The equipment keeps it fresh, so kids like it better," said Chef Ann Cooper, founder of the Chef Ann Foundation and former director of food services at Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.

Districts that have switched to bulk milk dispensers have also experienced financial benefits. "We are seeing savings from purchasing bulk milk instead of cartons of $285 per week at our pilot school," said Denton. Savings like these could help schools switch from purchasing conventional milk to organic milk, ideally produced locally and from cows raised on pasture.

School districts interested in learning more about Chef Ann Foundation's Bulk Milk grant program can register for a free informational webinar happening May 31 at 9 a.m. Mountain Time. Grant applications are due July 31. 

The Bulk Milk grant is open to school districts across the country thanks to support from the Posner Foundation.

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Melissa Cipollone
Director of Marketing
(724) 259-8922

Original Source: The Bulk Milk Solution: Chef Ann Foundation Launches National Program to Help Schools Reduce Food Waste

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The LPI is the foremost accreditation and membership body for the learning and development profession with a global reputation. The accreditation process employs a highly robust framework, developed over many years by learning experts and validated by data from thousands of organisations to measure, benchmark and improve the capability and performance of learning professionals and learning providers.

Frank Furnari, CEO & Founder, ARuVR®, said: "As the market for XR training solutions grows exponentially, we are delighted to be the first in the sector to achieve accreditation status by the LPI. We are committed to providing our global clients with not only the highest levels of quality and service but also to bring AR and VR to the training industry, in a way in which any organisation can embrace and benefit from."

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"RJ is an incredibly talented rider, and we have no doubt that he has what it takes to bring home the championship this year," Keen stated.

Keen’s Buildings Extends Partnership With RJ Hampshire for the 2023 Pro Motocross Season
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RJ Hampshire, Kicking off the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship Season with Keens Buildings and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team

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Kevin Keen, CEO of Keen's Buildings, expressed his excitement about the continued collaboration with RJ Hampshire. "We are excited to extend our partnership with RJ for the 2023 Pro Motocross season," said Keen. "RJ has been an incredible asset to our brand, and we are confident in his abilities to excel on the track."

As a prominent figure in the motocross industry, RJ Hampshire has showcased immense talent, determination, and sportsmanship throughout his career. His achievements on the track and his dedication to his craft align perfectly with Keen's Buildings' values and commitment to excellence.

The partnership between Keen's Buildings and RJ Hampshire has proven to be mutually beneficial. It not only highlights the shared passion for motorsports but also underscores the importance of quality, durability, and reliability - qualities that both Keen's Buildings and RJ Hampshire embody.

With the 2023 Pro Motocross season on the horizon, Keen's Buildings and RJ Hampshire are eager to pursue their shared goal of championship success. Kevin Keen has expressed his confidence in RJ's abilities and believes that "RJ is an incredibly talented rider, and we have no doubt that he has what it takes to bring home the championship this year," Keen stated.

The 2023 Pro Motocross Championship, Race Schedule kicks off tomorrow, May 27, 2003, at the Fox Raceway in Pala, CA.

The extended partnership between Keen's Buildings and RJ Hampshire signifies the continued commitment to excellence and the shared vision of pushing boundaries and achieving greatness in the world of motocross.

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Keen's Buildings is a trusted provider of high-quality storage sheds, metal garages, carports and steel buildings, offering customized solutions to meet diverse storage needs. With over 75,000 installs and an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, durability, and customer satisfaction, Keen's Buildings has established itself as a leading name in the industry.

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RJ Hampshire, representing the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, is a highly talented and respected motocross athlete. With an impressive track record and a relentless drive for success, RJ has established himself as a prominent figure in the sport.

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