Milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That’s because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, we often don’t think to donate fresh items like milk because it’s perishable. On average, Feeding America Food Banks are only able to provide the equivalent of one gallon of milk per person per year.
Thousands of families in need have benefited from milk donations to The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever nationwide program to deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.
With eight grams of high-quality protein per serving and three of the top nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium – milk is an affordable, efficient way for America’s feeding programs to get nutrients into the hands of people who need it. Donations to The Great American Milk Drive will go to local food banks based on the donor’s zip code and be distributed in the form of milk coupons. Learn more about The Great American Milk Drive at milklife.com/give.
It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations. Now, it’s easier for Americans to lend a hand and contribute nutrient-rich milk to food insecure families.