Last Updated on September 5, 2020 by Ellen Christian
When we think of giving gifts, milk probably isn’t one that tops our holiday list, but for many Americans the gift of milk would mean quite a bit. Most families who rely on food banks receive only about one gallon of milk per person, per year even though milk is frequently requested by families facing hunger. This post has been sponsored, but the story is my own.
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Give the Gift of Milk for the Holidays
Years ago, when I was first starting out, we had a few very tough years when putting food on the table was a challenge. We turned to our local food shelf many times when the kids were little, and we were very thankful to be able to get healthy food there. More than 46 million Americans — including 12 million children — rely on Feeding America food bank donations each year.
We still donate to our food shelf regularly, and like most Americans we’ve been told to focus on non-perishable foods: cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, and canned fruits and vegetables. Sometimes we’re asked to donate paper products or health and beauty aids or pet food. Milk is one of the most-requested, yet least donated items. On average, clients receive the equivalent of less than 1 gallon per person per year. That’s because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it’s perishable.
In partnership with Feeding America — the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization — The Great American Milk Drive turns your online donations into gallons of milk for families in your local community. To date, more than 600,000 gallons — that’s over 9 million servings— of milk have been delivered to families across the country through The Great American Milk Drive food bank donations.
It’s very easy to give the gift of milk. You can donate online or at participating grocery stores. Your donation stays in your community – so it helps people you know in your area. The local food bank will distribute milk vouchers to families that need help, and they can redeem their vouchers for milk for their family. Can you help give the gift of milk?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.