Hunger affects one in seven Americans, including 15 million children. In fact there are more than 48 million families struggling with hunger and living with food insecurity, meaning they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 3 servings of dairy every day — that’s about one gallon of milk per person per week. Families who rely on food banks are missing out on milk in a big way.
Milk is one of the most requested and nutrient-rich food items in food banks, yet there’s a shortage because milk is rarely donated. Food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, leaving many families without access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 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.
How can I help?
Milk companies and dairy farm families have partnered with Feeding America to introduce the Great American Milk Drive — an easy way for you to take action and donate much-needed milk to hungry families in your community.
The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy for you to donate milk to those who need it most for as little as $5.00. Simply go online at www.milklife.com/give or text “Milk” to 27722. AND, by entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your community!
How can health professionals get involved?
The Healthy Food Bank Hub was created in 2013 through a partnership with the National Dairy Council, Feeding America and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Healthy Food Bank Hub provides a platform for public health and hunger-relief professionals to discuss the issues of food insecurity, improved nutrition, and reducing the risk of diet-related diseases. To join the conversation, visit www.healthyfoodbankhub.org.