Give the Gift of Milk for the Holidays

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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.

Give the gift of milk for the holidays

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?

Please make a donation of milk today.

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  1. My mother will only donate within her own community. It's her "Thing". So she would love to see this, I'll show it to her. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. Lee
  2. You make a great point about perishables. Our shelters won't even take any type of perishable item, no matter how fresh...
  3. Jacqui Odell says
    I didn't know food banks give vouchers for milk. That's great to know! 
  4. I love the idea of giving the gift of milk. I like that donations stay in the community you live.
  5. Great initiative for the holidays. I didn't know about these but glad to see that the donations we make will benefit a lot of people. 

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