Any time of day, any day of the year and any age between my birth and 24 years. Morning, noon and night there was always one key staple to nearly every single meal was a tall glass of milk. For breakfast before school, lunch, right after I got home and for dinner I’d have at least one (sometimes more) of 2% Milk. If you think I’m stretching the truth on this in an effort to make my case for the importance of Milk, you’re dead wrong. You can ask anyone in my family or build a time machine to find out, I was a Milk junkie.
All over the world it’s been held for a long time that Milk is an essential part of your diet. But in our own country, we’re having a problem we need help solving. Milk – a nutrient powerhouse providing 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving – is one of the most requested items by food bank clients year-round. But it’s especially needed during the summer when kids may be missing out on nutritious meals provided through school breakfast and lunch programs. 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.
I get it, it’s one of those things that if it sits idle in your fridge for too long or past that experation date on the side you start getting nervous. Most Americans will just throw it away as soon as that date hits because it’s “spoiled”, so to even consider donating some sounds rediculous because, unfortunately, we forget that there are people without it. It seems like such a crazy idea that there are people in the U.S. who can’t get fresh Milk. More than 22 million children may miss out on milk’s nutrition in the summer months when schools are closed and they lose access to free or reduced-price milk programs.
But you can help.
This summer, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies are on a mission to bring more fresh, nutritious milk to children in need. You can help power the play of these children all summer long with a small donation at milklife.com/give. For as little as $5, you can deliver a gallon of milk to a family in need in your community through the Feeding America network of food banks.
In partnering with Life of Dad, we aim to bring in as much as possible to help families all across our Country. Sometimes we forget how precious things like food are even in our own communities, and how much we can do to help others. So please donate, and help us make a better summer and a better life for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Milk Life for this promotion. I have received compensation for my participation, but my passion and thirst for Milk is my own.