Congressman Keller reintroduces GIVE MILK Act to increase consumption of 2% and whole milk, boost America’s dairy industry

February 4, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) joined Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) in reintroducing the Giving Increased Variety to Ensure Milk into the Lives of Kids Act, otherwise known as the GIVE MILK Act.

 

The legislation works to increase access of milk in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by specifically allowing for participants—both women and children over the age of two—to choose reduced-fat (2%) and whole milk. Additionally, this bill reverses an Obama administration rule limiting WIC participants to low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk.

 

On the reintroduction of the GIVE MILK Act, Congressman Keller made the following statement:

 

“Rather than working to limit healthy options in critical programs like WIC, we should be doing everything we can to expand these options and promote the consumption of whole milk and 2%. This bill supports a healthier upbringing for our families while bolstering America’s dairy industry, which plays a critical role in Pennsylvania’s economy and rural communities across the nation.”

 

Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture:

 

“Whole milk has great nutritional value and provides essential elements to a child’s development. I’m proud to co-sponsor the GIVE MILK Act and look forward to making this healthy option available through the WIC program."

 

Jim Mulhern, President & CEO of National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF):

 

“Milk has a unique nutrition profile which includes nine essential nutrients, three of which Americans get so little of that their under-consumption is deemed a public health concern in the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The GIVE MILK Act would help expectant mothers and mothers of young children access milk for their families, providing infants, children, and mothers the nutrients they need during key developmental stages. NMPF thanks Representatives Keller and Thompson for their leadership and looks forward to working with them to ensure our children and families have access to nutritious and affordable dairy products.”

 

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA):

 

“The GIVE MILK Act will encourage WIC families to consume more milk, which delivers a unique combination of 11 essential nutrients and is central to healthy diet beginning at a very young age. The American Academy of Pediatrics says milk is the leading food source for calcium, vitamin D, and potassium in the diet of American children 2-18 years, as well the number-one source of protein. This bill will expand access to whole milk—delivering more nutrients per ounce and ensuring WIC dollars go further in providing essential nutrients to women, infants, and children who are at nutritional risk. Milk processors are grateful to Congressmen Keller and Thompson for supporting mothers and their children with this important bill.”

 

Full text of this legislation is available here.

 

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