This post brought to you by Milk Life. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have always been a big supporter of local food banks. After volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank, I learned about how important it is to not only volunteer your time with them but to also donate whatever you can. If there are no donations, there are no children and adults being fed.
I heard stories about children who would receive meals at school and would hoard them throughout the week so they could eat at home during the weekend when food wasn’t readily available and how the average household with very low food security experiences the condition during seven months of the year. These facts were baffling and I made a conscious decision to do what I can to help those in need.
We need to realize and bring awareness that there are many people who are starving and hungry in our own backyard even though you might not realize it. Many people (that you know) are turning to their local food bank for help because they can’t provide for themselves or their family. Compared to four years ago, one million more people are seeking emergency food assistance from the Feeding America network each week. Instead of just providing food, many food banks have introduced a nutrition criteria to the meals that they serve their client. For Feeding America, two-thirds of the food banks in the network follow the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines for a balanced meal –which includes a serving of milk. Milk tops the list of the food items most requested by food bank participants (85 percent), followed by fresh fruits (77 percent) and fresh vegetables (74 percent). While several recent initiatives have focused on getting more produce into feeding programs, The Great American Milk Drive is the first program to help resolve the milk shortage. Milk is the #1 nutritious product requested by food banks, but is rarely donated.
The Great American Milk Drive, being launched by Feeding America, is the first nationwide program designed to encourage consumers to donate nutrient-rich milk to hungry families. The Great American Milk Drive is made possible by the nation’s dairy farmers and milk companies, and dairy farmers, will make it easy for people to buy milk online at www.milklife.com/give (or text MILK to 27722) and donate it to a food pantry in their zip code for as little as $5 at a time. The great part about it is that Every dollar collected will go to purchasing and delivering milk to hungry families through the Feeding America network. You don’t have to worry about where your money is going. The goal of the campaign is to deliver two million gallons of milk to food banks across the country.
The official party is taking place in New York on April 2nd at 10:45am and you can watch it below:
Still not convinced on why we need more milk donations? I’ve found 5 fascinating facts about milk that will help you understand the importance of milk and why we all need it in our daily diet.
- 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 oz. glass (that’s more protein that’s in an egg).
- If you’re lactose intolerant , research shows you can still reap milk’s benefits. (Source)
- Milk has 9 essential nutrients: Niacin, Protein, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Vitamin B 12, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, & Vitamin D. (The last three are the most likely to be missing in the US diet.)
- Milk boosts key nutrients for healthy hair, teeth and nails.
- Watching calories? Did you know fat free milk has the same nutrients as all milk – 9 essential nutrients for just 80 calories per serving!