Free Milk Policy Implemented for Students
The policy to provide free milk for students two days a week by the county government took effect（1） on April 1st. On the first day 473 students in Xiaojinmen (Little Kinmen) received the delivery. According to the Livestock Research Institute, on the morning of April 1st, the carton-packed fresh milk was delivered to Shueitou Pier via Styrofoam thermo-containers（2） for the 8:30AM ferry to Jiougong Pier. Whether the cartons will be replaced by buckets is still being evaluated for safety and sanitation concerns. Based on the trial delivery this week, the shipment and distribution details will be reviewed comprehensively and the outcomes can be expected next week.
To help students maintain balanced diets, the county government encourages students at each schooling level to drink fresh milk from the Livestock Research Institute. Two days each week the country government delivers milk to both eastern and western regions, as well as Lieyu, and pays for the bills.
All the students get to enjoy the taste of fresh milk from the Livestock Research Institute twice a week. The Livestock Research Institute furnishes(3) free milk to Jincheng and Jinning Schools, on the west side, on Mondays and Thursdays, and to Jinsha and Jinhu Schools, on the east side, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Lieyu receives the treats on Mondays and Wednesdays. April 1st happened to fall on Wednesday, so Lieyu students became the first to enjoy the benefits.
The trial delivery during the first week will be made mainly in carton-packs, according to the Livestock Research Institute. Whether bucket containers will be used in the future, with the students drinking the milk with environment-friendly cups to reduce waste of carton-packs, is still being assessed due to potential safety and sanitation problems. Unwashed milk residues(4) left in the cup may also be a health concern if the students use the same cup again to drink milk the next time. Since the carton-pack is sealed for better temperature and sanitation control, the entire issue is still being discussed.
Furthermore, from the actualordering to the receiving of the milk, the number of students of each school is continuously changing. Some of the schools have complained that the amount is insufficient. Yet based on total volume control, the Livestock Research Institute recommends provision(5) of appropriate amounts of milk. Based on comprehensive review of the trial delivery this week, the shipment and distribution details will be finalized next week.
■1. take effect-生效。
■2. Styrofoam thermo-container-以聚苯乙烯發泡塑料做成的保溫容器。Styrofoam即俗稱的「保麗龍」，是一個從「商標」轉化而來的普通名詞；thermo-則是與「熱」有關的字首。