(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 11, 2018 – 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 136,000 Oklahomans every week, including 37 percent of whom are children,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Protein-rich donations are both rare and essential to fighting hunger in the state.”
Together, we can solve hunger. Visit milklife.com/give to make a donation to provide milk for Oklahomans living with hunger. Every $5 donation will provide a gallon of milk to the Regional Food Bank and the clients it serves.
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.
For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 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 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. 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.
About Dairy MAX
Founded more than 40 years ago, Dairy MAX is one of the leading regional dairy councils in America – representing more than 900 dairy farmers and serving communities in seven states: Colorado, southwest Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, western Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. A nonprofit organization, Dairy MAX is part of a nationwide effort to promote American agriculture, support dairy farming and drive impact for every dairy farmer. The organization operates five audience outreach programs: business development, consumer marketing, health and wellness, industry image and relations and school marketing. For more information about Dairy MAX and its team of experts, visit DairyMAX.org. Dairy resources and delicious recipes are available at DairyDiscoveryZone.com.