I know that my family has more than many and less than some too, but that being said I know that we are fortunate to have what we have. Even in my own community, we have a local food bank that feeds 90 families a month, and we live in a small community. Some of these families do not even have access to things like milk on a daily basis and thus their children do not get the milk to grow up healthy and strong and this is even worse in the summer. Although the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) fund school lunches and breakfasts for food insecure children, these federal programs do not reach children when school is out.
So, this Fathers Day I am teaming up with Life of Dad and Milk Life to promote The Great American Milk Drive which benefits Feeding America. As a matter of disclosure, I am being compensated for this post and will be donating part of that compensation to the campaign.
I grew up on milk, and while I have come and gone in being a milk drinker myself over the years, I still support milk and having this as a part of every child’s diet. I mean, can you imagine that 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? I cannot believe it is the case, even though the statistics show that it is.
Why is milk so important? Milk is 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 yearound. 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.
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/giveDadsNorth. 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.
This infographic below is SO powerful!
So I am putting my money where my mouth is this fathers day and am hoping that all dads will join me to help change this dilemma and create a world where kids and families will have Milk available to them! I’m donating 20 Gallons to The Great American Milk Drive. How many will you donate? If you do donate please use this link milklife.com/giveDadsNorth because if you use that link then my team, the Dads of the North will get that much closer to generating the most donations to the Milk Drive.
Life of Dad will donate an additional $500 to the cause on behalf of the team that is in the lead as of 12PM ET on Monday, June 22nd. We want to win!! My teammates are:
- Creed Anthony – @acjlist of Indianapolis
- Victor Aragon – @fandads of Chicago
- Drew Bennett – @benspark of Boston
- Adam Gertsacov – @kafclown of Chicago
If you were thinking about getting me something for Father’s Day consider a $5 donation through the Dads of the North link of http://milklife.com/giveDadsNorth.
If you want to make the biggest impact with your giving, besides using the Dads of the North Link (http://milklife.com/giveDadsNorth) then consider this:
On June 16, The Great American Milk Drive is challenging America to donate gallons of milk for kids in need in their communities with a major, one-day social media milk drive. America’s milk companies and dairy farmers will make gallons multiply across the country by matching up to $10,000 in donations. You can follow this social media-driven milk drive on Facebook and Twitter with #MilkDrive.
This also is the same day as the Life of Dad #MilkDrive Twitter Party: Tuesday, June 16th at 8PM ET just go to twitter and follow the hashtag of#MilkDrive