Milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America® food bank clients, however, on average, Feeding America food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of one gallon of milk per person per year. And while many people are generous with canned goods, milk is a lot harder to donate because it’s perishable.
Thanks to the generosity of donors across the country, the dairy community in partnership with Feeding America has helped secure more than 31 million servings of milk to children and families in need through The Great American Milk Drive since 2014, and is committed to providing 50 million servings of milk to children and families in need by 2020. This initiative is 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.
For most kids, summertime means months filled with playing in the sun, swimming at the lake or baseball in the park. However, more than 18 million children may miss out on nutrition this summer when they lose access to free or reduced-price meal programs at school. 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, the dairy community, along with Feeding America, will be rallying consumers across the country to get nutritious food to families facing hunger. At the national level, a three-vehicle convoy will embark on a cross-country tour in June and July to provide kids with free nutritious milk and dairy foods at a variety of locations, including farmers markets, feeding sites and sporting events.
And the best part? You can help too – even a small donation can make a big impact. You can help food banks deliver fresh milk to kids and families in need right in their communities. Just enter your zip code when you donate at www.GiveAGallon.com to ensure the milk is delivered to a Feeding America member food bank near you.*
Learn more about The Great American Milk Drive at www.GiveAGallon.com.
*Donations to The Great American Milk Drive will go to local food banks based on the donor’s zip code and are distributed in the form of funds designated for the purchase of fluid white milk.