Give Good with Dairy and Help Us Feed a Nation
While we may live in the land of plenty, more than 1 in 5 children in America does not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s why local dairy farmers and the dairy industry have partnered with Feeding America and local food banks to help Feed a Nation.
Hunger and food insecurity impacts far too many Americans, even dairy farmers. Dairy farmer Karen Bohnert shares her personal experience with hunger and why it has made her so proud of the role America’s dairy farmers play in feeding a nation.
Food insecurity and child obesity often 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 of 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 — Great American Milk Drive
Fresh milk is the top food requested by Feeding America’s food banks, but milk is harder for people to donate because it’s perishable. That means 37 million Feeding America participants receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year — far short of the recommended three servings of milk a day. The good news — we can all help.
In partnership with Feeding America, dairy farmers and milk processors in the Midwest and nationwide have organized the Great American Milk Drive — the first program to deliver gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.
With a simple text or click of your 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 make a big impact. Although you can participate at any time, every dollar donated April 14 – May 25, 2014 will be matched, up to $250,000. So, make your dollars go further and participate in the Gallon-for-Gallon Match program.
Join the Midwest Dairy Association and Feeding America in the Great American Milk Drive and help feed our nation with the essential nutrients milk provides!
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 nutrition security. Together, we can act to make significant, 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. 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 the inspiration with others. Watch now.
Feeding a Nation
Thank you to everyone who watched Feedin’ a Nation (Parody Song) last summer. Your participation helped us surpass our goal of 20,000 views in June 2013 and subsequently donate $20,000 — the equivalent of 160,000 meals — to Feeding America to help families struggling with hunger. Let’s keep the momentum going by sharing Feeding a Nation’s important message of ending hunger with others and participating in the activities mentioned above. And, if you can’t get enough of dancing dairy farmers, take a look behind the scenes of the video shoot and meet the dancer who inspired the dairy farmers.