(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 7, 2019 - Dairy can help the one in six Oklahomans who lack consistent access to enough food to lead a more active and healthier life. That's why the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is looking to the community to raise donations for milk during the Great American Milk Drive.
The drive comes as part of National Dairy Month through Dairy MAX and is made possible through a partnership between the nation's dairy farmers and milk companies and Feeding America. Since 2014, the drive has helped to provide for more than 1 million gallons of milk to food banks across the country.
“Milk is a dietary staple that is missing from many households across the state,” said Amanda Ford, registered dietitian at Dairy MAX. “Every $5 donation will ensure that a family receives nutrient-rich milk. With your help, we can reach our goal of providing an additional 1,000 gallons of milk for families in Oklahoma this year.”
On average nationwide, people served by food banks receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. In Oklahoma, your donations go to provide essential nutrients to those served by the Regional Food Bank each year.
"Fresh milk is one of the most requested items by food bank clients making the Great American Milk Drive so essential to helping meet the demand during the summer months when schools are not in session and food banks are often busier," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.
A $5 donation can help ensure that families receive a nutrient-rich gallon of milk. Donations can be made by visiting giveagallon.com.
Learn more about the Regional Food Bank by visiting rfbo.org or by calling 405-972-1111.