New York State Dairy Ambassador Helps Students Connect With Farmers Through ‘New York Thursdays’ School Nutrition Program


SYRACUSE, NY – The American Dairy Association North East and New York State Dairy Ambassador Gabby Taylor are working to help students connect with dairy farmers through New York’s Thursdays School Nutrition Program York.

Foods Grown and Raised in New York are featured in public schools every Thursday to help students learn about local foods, as part of the New York Department of Agriculture and Market’s Farm-to-School Program. York. Dairy products are no exception.

“I was thrilled to lend my voice to the dairy videos prepared by ADA North East to help students understand how the local milk and dairy products served in their school lunches are produced,” Taylor said. Classrooms across New York State will be invited to view the videos which will also feature Gen Z farmers, including Cornell University dairy science students and one of the dairy partners and advocates of the ADA North East National Football League (NFL).

“Through our school nutrition programs funded by the dairy levy and our partnership with the NFL, we have a direct line to schools to showcase New York dairy farms and dairy farmers,” said Rick Naczi, CEO of ADA North East. “These opportunities help to build trust in dairy products and secure dairy’s place on school menus and therefore increase dairy product sales.”

Naczi added that ADA North East’s strategic school nutrition marketing strategies are considered a valuable resource for school nutrition directors throughout the region. “Our staff provide training in serving milk and dairy, dairy-infused menu ideas that meet strict nutritional requirements and budgets, and nutrition education opportunities,” he said.

The schools with the most New York Thursdays Dairy Video Views will be entered to win prizes from the ADA North East, including a virtual farm tour. Last year, over 2,300 students had the chance to watch tours hosted by Kelly Reynolds of Reyncrest Farm, Corfu, NY, and Nate Chittenden of Dutch Hollow Farm, Schodack Landing, NY.

To watch one of the videos from last year’s New York Thursdays that earned students the virtual farm tours, click here. To learn more about other ADA North East school nutrition programs, visit and click “In Schools.”

About the Northeast American Dairy Association

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by the membership fee investment of participating dairy farmers to build demand and sales for milk and dairy products throughout the local region. Representing 9,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive sales of milk and products dairy products in retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts dairy consumer education activities through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with healthcare professionals through the National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy product control organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and export market development for dairy products to bring a promotion program fully integrated into the region. For more information, visit


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