Great American Milk Drive
Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for many children who face hunger, even basic staples like milk – and the nutrients that help power childhood activities – are missing.
Each year, more than 42.2 million Americans – including 13.1 million children – rely on Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. According to Feeding America, milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need across the country are missing out on the essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it supplies. On average, food banks (such as the HACAP Food Reservoir) are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of fresh 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.
The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to children in need, has delivered more than 11 million servings of milk to-date to Feeding America. The HACAP Food Reservoir, the local Feeding America member food bank, is working to help ensure kids in need have access to the good nutrition that fuels childhood by partnering with the Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Food Stores and Drugstores and DairyPure Land O’Lakes for the fifth year in a row – hosting a local Great American Milk Drive in March, 2019.
Center Street Northeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America