Christine Oddy is backing calls for the return of school milk and is urging local
education authorities to take advantage of a European Union fund to help them do so.
She has written to the leaders of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Councils to
remind them the EU Subsidised School Milk Scheme is available to cut the cost of supplying
the drink to primary school children.
Ms Oddy believes that the return of school milk could help childrens nutrition by
providing them with extra vitamins and minerals.
"With families leading increasingly frenetic lives and children often not getting
a proper breakfast mid-morning school milk can make a very important contribution to their
health, adding valuable extra vitamins and calcium."
School milk was withdrawn by Margaret Thatcher in 1971 when she was Education
Secretary, a move which earned her the nickname "Thatcher the milk snatcher".
Ms Oddy continued:
"It is now so long ago many teachers and educationists do not realise there is an
EU subsidy to give milk to five to eleven year olds. Of course, the subsidy doesnt
make milk completely free but I think its now time for schools to consider whether
to bring it back."