Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Great American #MilkDrive Collects 23K Milk Gallons in 2 Days Much More Still Needed


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  • Hunger affects 1 in 6 Americans, including 12.5 million families who don't have access to adequate nourishment
  • 37 million Americans served annually by the Feeding America network receive less than one gallon of milk per person per year
  • Recent findings by Feeding America reveal 95% of food banks across the country do not receive enough milk to meet demand
LA Food Bank,
With sobering statistics like those, where do I start to tell you about how gratifying it is to be a part of The Great American Milk Drive campaign that rolled out nationwide yesterday? To have been the chosen blogger to represent not only Los Angeles but the entire state of California to help introduce the first national program ever that makes it simple for U.S. residents to donate fresh milk, with all its essential vitamins and minerals, to hungry families close to where their neighbors live in all 50 states?

Alta Dena Dairy Non-fat Milk,
Indeed, actively participating in delivering Wednesday's news to the public was uplifting not only to me personally, but for all the other Mom It Forward bloggers working on this campaign. Kicking off with the initial announcement in New York City featuring an comedic appearance by actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of the hit TV series Modern Familythe news moved west as it broke across time zones.

At the LA Food Bank Press Conference,
Individual press conferences followed in nine other cities including Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. At each venue a different celebrity stepped up to the podium to help spread the word about this worthy cause.

St. Louis Rams TJ McDonald Jr. presents 1st milk gallon,
As luck would have it reporting live from L.A., I got to meet TJ McDonald Jr., football safety for the St. Louis Rams, who donated the first gallon of milk during the press conference at the LA Food Bank east of downtown.

TJ McDonald and me at the event,
As this post is published 23,000 gallons of milk have already been donated to the national #MilkDrive in less than two days since the program was launched. Thanks to all who have given so generously already. While this does make a small dent in providing milk to those who need it, with 37 million hungry people in America, so much more is needed to make a real difference.

The next time you pour your child

a glass of milk, think about all the 

other kids who don't have any ...
8 ozs nonfat milk has more protein than 1 egg,

Buy Milk for a Child in Need

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About The Great American Milk Program
The Great American Milk Program is made possible by America's dairy farmers and milk companies. The consortium creates a simple way for everyone to buy fresh, badly needed milk online with the click of a button at that will be donated to a food pantry in your zip code for as little as just $5, $10, $25, $50 or more. For more information and to stay up on all the news about The Great American Milk Drive visit Facebook and follow @MilkMustache on Twitter. 

About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
For 40 years LA Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network, has been providing food to those at risk for hunger in Los Angeles County, California -- across 4,000 square miles, the largest population of any county in the nation. Thanks to 33,000 people who volunteer their time annually and 670 agencies that partner with the Food Bank to distribute food to locally, more than one million people, including 400,000 children, benefit from the non-profit organization food distribution. To get involved you can also follow LA Food Bank on Facebook and @LAFoodBank Twitter.

At the LA Food Bank,
FTC Disclosure: This is a #MilkDrive sponsored post. I disclose I am partnering with MomItForward for this awareness campaign and that I am being compensated for my involvement in this outreach program. See additional FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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