• The San Juan Daily Star

Agreement reached to supply fresh milk to schools

Puerto Rico Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés

By The Star Staff

Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés announced on Wednesday an agreement with the Dairy Industry Development Fund (DIDF) to provide and distribute fresh milk to the School Food Authority in the lunchrooms of all island public schools.

The agreement represents an investment of $12 million.

“It is necessary for our students to have a nutritious and balanced diet that allows them a healthy development, which, in turn, has an impact on improving their academic performance,” Ramos Parés said in a written statement. “Our school cafeteria staff strives to properly feed each of our students with the breakfasts and lunches that are being provided in our schools. This agreement strengthens that commitment.”

José Orlando Fabré Laboy, executive director of the DIDF, said meanwhile that school cafeterias will deliver the lists for the fund to take charge of deliveries three weeks after classes resume on Jan. 11. School lunchrooms will maintain enough inventory to meet the needs of diners.

In addition, the DIDF will supply long-lasting, homogenized UHT milk for those schools where it is difficult to deliver fresh milk. and thus avoid incomplete inventories.

The agreement will be valid until Sept. 30, 2024.

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