Second Harvest Joins the Great American Milk Drive to Provide Milk to Children

For most kids, June is the start of summer break – a time of fun and excitement where they’re free to play all day, every day. But for more than 22 million children – including those in need in the Mahoning Valley— it also may mean the end of access to nutrient-rich milk when in-school free or reduced-price meal programs end.

According to a survey of food banks with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested items by food bank clients year-round, and especially during the summer months when more kids rely on local food banks for nutritious meals otherwise provided by in-school programs. But on average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk 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.  Since last year, The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 325,000 gallons of milk to families in need throughout the country.

 

June is National Dairy Month, and this month – and all summer long – The Great American Milk Drive is on a mission to bring more fresh, nutritious milk – with its nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein in each eight ounce glass – to children and families who need it most.

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley Unites with Other Dairy Farmers and Milk Companies on June 16

In addition to the ongoing donation collection for The Great American Milk Drive, on June 16, dairy farmers and milk companies will come together to ask America to join them in helping kids this summer, doubling donations* made on that day and distributing them to Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks.

 

You can join the drive by donating at milklife.com/give and follow the conversation online with #MilkDrive.

 

“1 in 4 children in the Mahoning Valley are food insecure,” said Mike Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. “We’re so grateful for The Great American Milk Drive, which focuses on helping get more fresh, nutritious milk to families in the Mahoning Valley, especially in the summer when school is out.”

 

Donations of milk may also be brought to the Food Bank Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

 

For most kids, June is the start of summer break – a time of fun and excitement where they’re free to play all day, every day. But for more than 22 million children – including those in need in the Mahoning Valley— it also may mean the end of access to nutrient-rich milk when in-school free or reduced-price meal programs end.

According to a survey of food banks with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested items by food bank clients year-round, and especially during the summer months when more kids rely on local food banks for nutritious meals otherwise provided by in-school programs. But on average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk 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.  Since last year, The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 325,000 gallons of milk to families in need throughout the country.

 

June is National Dairy Month, and this month – and all summer long – The Great American Milk Drive is on a mission to bring more fresh, nutritious milk – with its nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein in each eight ounce glass – to children and families who need it most.

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley Unites with Other Dairy Farmers and Milk Companies on June 16

In addition to the ongoing donation collection for The Great American Milk Drive, on June 16, dairy farmers and milk companies will come together to ask America to join them in helping kids this summer, doubling donations* made on that day and distributing them to Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks.

 

You can join the drive by donating at milklife.com/give and follow the conversation online with #MilkDrive.

 

“1 in 4 children in the Mahoning Valley are food insecure,” said Mike Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. “We’re so grateful for The Great American Milk Drive, which focuses on helping get more fresh, nutritious milk to families in the Mahoning Valley, especially in the summer when school is out.”

 

Donations of milk may also be brought to the Food Bank Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

Making a Difference in The Mahoning Valley

It’s quick and easy to power the play of children in need in right here in the Mahoning Valley with a small donation at milklife.com/give. A gift of as little as $5 will deliver a gallon of milk to a family in need in your community who does not have regular access to it. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered from the farm to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.

IF YOU are in need of food dial 211 or call in
Columbiana & Mahoning Counties: (330) 747-2696; Trumbull County: (330) 393-1565

If you have a school-aged child in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

The Food Bank's mission is to solicit, store, and distribute food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and to provide education and advocacy. We believe that no one should go hungry, and we are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

So no one goes hungry.

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