(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 12, 2017 – As part of National Dairy Month, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is once again turning to the community to raise donations for milk through the Great American Milk Drive.
“Milk is a dietary staple that is missing from many households across the state,” said Susan Allen, program manager at Dairy MAX. “Every $5 donation will ensure that a family receives a nutrient-rich gallon of milk. With your help, we can reach our goal of providing an additional 1,000 gallons of milk for families in Oklahoma this year.”
Hunger impacts one in six Oklahomans. On average nationwide, food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. This leaves many families without access to its essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving, and three of the top nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
“The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 126,000 Oklahomans every week, including 37 percent of whom are children,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Protein rich donations are both rare and essential to fighting hunger in the state.”
A survey of Feeding America food banks, including the Regional Food Bank, revealed that 94 percent of respondents are actively working on improving the nutritional quality of meals provided to food bank clients. Yet, 95 percent of those surveyed say they do not receive enough milk to meet the demand. The number one reason cited is inadequate milk donations.
Together, we can solve hunger. Visit milklife.com/give to make a donation to fight hunger in Oklahoma. Every $5 donation will provide a gallon of milk to Oklahomans struggling with hunger.
The Great American Milk Drive is made possible by the nation’s dairy farmers and milk companies. The goal of the campaign is to deliver two million gallons of milk to food banks across the country, and Oklahoma residents can help meet that goal.
The Regional Food Bank is the largest private domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. For more information, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org/summer or call 405-600-3136.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.