Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council recently reported that among those who use food banks, milk is one of the most requested nutritious food items but the least donated. During food drives, most people donate nonperishable items; on average, the equivalent of less than one gallon per person per year is donated to food banks.

The dairy industry has partnered with Feeding America and its affiliated food banks, including Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, to provide more milk to the 46 million Americans, including 12 million children, who rely on food banks. A $5 donation, which can be made by visiting Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council recently reported that among those who use food banks, milk is one of the most requested nutritious food items but the least donated. During food drives, most people donate nonperishable items; on average, the equivalent of less than one gallon per person per year is donated to food banks.

The dairy industry has partnered with Feeding America and its affiliated food banks, including Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, to provide more milk to the 46 million Americans, including 12 million children, who rely on food banks. A $5 donation, which can be made by visiting giveagallon.com, will provide a voucher for a gallon of milk that will be distributed by Good Shepherd Food Bank to its more than 450 partner agencies.

Good Shepherd Food Bank can also purchase milk, dairy, and other fresh foods for distribution with the proceeds of direct donations, which can be made at gsfb.org.