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.
More than 1 million gallons – that’s over 16 million servings – of milk have been donated to food banks through The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever nationwide program to deliver nutrient-rich gallons of milk to children and families who need it most. Yet, there’s still more to do.
The Great American Milk Drive plays an especially important role in the summer months. For most kids, summertime means months filled with playing in the sun, swimming at the lake or baseball in the park. However, more than 22 million children may lose access to free or reduced-price meal programs when school lets out. That means, for many kids in need, even basic staples like milk and the critical nutrients it provides are missing.
With eight grams of 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 a way for America’s feeding programs to get nutrients into the hands of people who need it.
This summer—and year-round--America’s dairy farmers and milk companies join with Feeding America to help deliver fresh milk and its protein to children in need across the nation.
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.