According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a challenge in meeting that demand because it is difficult for food banks and pantries to distribute and store fresh milk.
That dilemma will soon improve, thanks to the launching of The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it to promote their health and well-being.
Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including 12.5 million families who do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential. In Southeast Texas, the impact of hunger is closer to 1 in 5 individuals.
It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to help food banks meet the demand for milk due to the storage and distribution issues food banks face, as well as the lack of donations of the product – non-perishable items are more likely to be donated from national and local donors.
Now, it’s going to be easier and more practical for Southeast Texas residents to get engaged in an initiative that can result in contributing nutritious milk to food insecure families in our community.
Donors willing to support the Great American Milk Drive can make an impact with a simple click of a mouse (www.MilkLife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722). Those steps will now help make an impact in milk distribution for any donation of $5 or more to the drive.
For every $5 donated by a Southeast Texas resident, the Southeast Texas Food Bank will receive coupons for free milk that it will distribute to its member agencies to share with families who currently lack access to fresh milk.
SETXFB: Can you tell us a little bit about the departments and projects you’ve worked with during that time?
Russell: I help sort food every Friday and I am going to help the staff on the new food sorting day of Wednesday. I also help with School Tools and Family Box day, those are the first and second Saturdays each month. One day a week I spend in non-food sorting.
SETXFB: What is your favorite volunteering memory at the Southeast Texas Food Bank?
Russell: To help God’s people and people who really need it. I also find the people, the staff, very helpful here and I enjoy working with them.
SETXFB: Why is it important for you to volunteer at the Southeast Texas Food Bank?
Russell: To help feed people and serve God.
SETXFB: Please tell us a little more about yourself.
Russell: I am retired from ExxonMobil and I love to play golf and I also volunteer with my church and a senior home.
SETXFB: What is your favorite kind of food?
SETXFB: What advice would you give to those interested in volunteering?
Russell: Jump in! Come on in and help, the people here are very good at helping you and it’s easy.
Thanks Russell for all your wonderful work and your willingness to pitch in anywhere you are needed.]]>
1. Enter product codes online for General Mills purchases at Sam’s Club
2. Send a text message to generate General Mills funding
3. Donate food at Sam’s Club
Please see this website for more details: https://www.outnumberhunger.com/samsclub.
Thanks Sam’s Club and General Mills…and thanks to all who take action to help us tackle hunger!]]>
Thanks to Madison’s for hosting this event and thanks to TurnKey Talent & Productions for its coordination of event details to help feed the hungry.
Special thanks to event organizers Shon Richard, Brian Joubert and Jes Prince!