Feeding Our Community

Dairy Provides Needed Nutrients to Those in Need

Child with glass of milk

Despite living in the land of plenty, hunger exists in every county and congressional district in America. In fact, one in six Americans doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. Dairy foods can serve as a practical solution for the food insecure in our communities because they deliver a powerhouse of nutrition in an affordable, appealing and readily available way.

That’s why dairy farmers and the dairy industry are so committed to getting these dairy foods to those who need it most. Food insecurity and child obesity go hand-in-hand. For many children, food insecurity and obesity stem from:

  • Disrupted meal patterns – Many children overeat due to fear of lacking food in the future. Children will overeat at a meal in fear it could be days until their next meal. This wide swing f calorie consumption impacts metabolism and promotes fat storage.
  • Family stress – A family’s stressors of secure housing, food, employment, healthcare, finances and safe neighborhoods directly impact a child’s health. In fact, a child’s likelihood of being obese increases 35% when one stressor is experienced and skyrockets to 70% when there are three stressors.
  • Lack of access – Many families struggle to find convenient and healthy food options in their neighborhoods.

Information and facts provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You Can Help Through the Great American Milk Drive

Fresh milk is one of the top five most-requested food items by Feeding America’s food banks, but milk is harder for people to donate because it is perishable. The good news is that YOU can help get milk in the hands of those who need it most through the Great American Milk Drive.

With a simple text or click of the mouse, you can help provide nutrient-rich milk to the families in your community who are served through the Feeding America network. Every dollar collected will go toward purchasing and delivering fresh milk to hungry families. Your SMALL DONATION can have a BIG IMPACT.

More Ways to Give Good

There are many ways to make a difference. Small change efforts like these can have a big impact to improve access to nutritious meals. Together, we can act to make significant and positive change.

  • School meals — Encourage families to apply for free or reduced school meals at www.applyforlunch.com.
  • Dinner programs — Encourage afterschool programs to adopt federally subsidized school dinner programs.
  • Summer foodservice programs —Find summer meal sites in your community. Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE or visit www.summerfood.usda.gov.
  • Farm to school program — Help to initiate a Farm to School Program. Encourage schools to apply for a USDA Farm to School grant.
  • Feed it forward — Donate or volunteer with your local food bank. Find your local food bank.
  • Learn and share — Learn how dairy farmers are “feedin’ a nation” and share their inspiration with others. Watch now.
The Milk Gap

This parody video was designed to capture the passion dairy farmers have for their role in producing wholesome, nutritious dairy foods for “feedin’ a nation” for the health of now and future generations. When it was first released, Midwest Dairy donated $20,000 – the equivalent of 160,000 meals – to Feeding America to help families struggling with hunger. Help us keep the momentum going by donating to the Great American Milk Drive.

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