Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Great American Milk Drive

Nationwide, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a shortage of milk in the emergency food system because it is rarely donated.

In fact, Feeding America recently conducted a survey and found that the 37 million Americans served annually by the Feeding America network receive the equivalent of less than ONE gallon of milk per person per year.

The National Dairy Council and Feeding America are trying to change that with the launch of The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

YOU CAN HELP! With a simple click of a mouse (www.MilkLife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), you can get much-needed milk to a family who needs it for as little as a $5.00  donation. Donations are designated to local food banks by the donor’s billing zip code. So for every online or text gift made in Maine, donations will come to Good Shepherd Food Bank to be distributed to our network of local agencies.  

Donations from the Great American Milk Drive will come to the Food Bank in the form of $4.50 milk coupons. These coupons can be redeemed at any retailer for up to $4.50 worth of any brand of white milk. This way, agencies will be able to distribute coupons directly to families, who can then go to the store and buy milk for their household.

For questions about the Great American Milk Drive, please contact Clara Whitney at cwhitney@gsfb.org.  
GSFB Network is a blog for partner agencies of Good Shepherd Food Bank focused on feeding Maine's hungry.