LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Chocolate and strawberry milk will become a thing of the past on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses beginning July 1.
The LAUSD Board of Education today voted to eliminate flavored milk from school cafeterias as part of a move to provide more nutritious food and beverage options.
The board approved the elimination despite some opponents claiming that flavored milk has less sugar that some juices and is often the only way students get milk at all.
Superintendent John Deasy had vowed during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to eliminate the flavored milk. Appearing with Deasy on the show was television chef Jamie Oliver, who had taken the district to task on his “Food Revolution” program for not providing healthy enough meals for students.
“This is a giant step forward for the health and future of 680,000 kids in Los Angeles, and leads the way for more school districts around the country to follow,” Oliver said in a statement this morning.
“With flavored milk, kids are getting loads of sugar and other food additives they simply don’t need to grow and learn,” he said. “In the ‘Food Revolution’ the little battles set us up for the next win. All these little battles count. They matter. It’s not just milk. It’s caring about what we feed kids 180 days a year.”
For more information visit Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.