Fill A Glass. Feed A Family.

That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator – including the essential nutrients it provides – is missing in food banks and in the refrigerators of families in your community.

The rate of food insecurity in Texas and Louisiana is startlingly higher than even the national average. More than five million of our neighbors – including more than one in every four children – do not have access to enough nutritious food to enjoy an active and healthy life.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested items by food banks. While Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it is perishable…but you can!

In partnership with Feeding America and The Great American Milk Drive, Brookshire Brothers is helping to fight hunger in our communities by making it easy for shoppers to provide milk, including its high-quality protein, to families in need. Milk is more than just a drink – it is the top food source for three out of the four nutrients Americans, including children, are most likely to be missing– calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

Since its launch in 2014, The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 400,000 gallons – that’s more than 6.3 million servings – of highly desired milk to Feeding America food banks across the country, including more than 8,000 gallons for families in need right here in Texas and Louisiana. However, there’s so much more that we can do.

Now through October 31, 2017, you can help bring even more nutritious milk to families and children in need in your community with a donation of as little as $1, $3 or $5 when checking out at Brookshire Brothers and David’s locations across Texas and Louisiana. 

All donations collected will help local families in Texas and Louisiana get milk that they may otherwise be missing out on.  We hope to see you in a Brookshire Brothers or David’s store soon, and at check-out, please consider making a donation to The Great American get Milk Drive to ensure our local Feeding America food banks can provide nutrient-rich milk to our neighbors in need.

 

Brookshire Brothers and Its Customers Fight Hunger...One Gallon at a Time!

The Great American Milk Drive provides milk and its high-quality protein to families in need during September's Hunger Action MonthTM.

That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing across Texas and Louisiana, but Brookshire Brothers and its partners want to change that.

During National Dairy Month in June, Brookshire Brothers and David’s customers donated thousands of dollars at the registers to ‘help fill the glasses’ of children throughout our market area. During the next week, vouchers for nearly 8500 gallons of milk will be distributed to nine food banks to give to their clients.

According to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That’s because Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it’s perishable. Feeding America clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most, is working to change that in Texas and Louisiana and across the country.

Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including nearly 16 million children, who may be missing out on milk’s nine essential nutrients. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities.   

September is Hunger Action Month. It’s an ideal time for our company and its partners to help fill nine food banks with milk.  8,307 vouchers have been sent to the following food banks:  East Texas Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Southeast Texas Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Tarrant Area Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank.  Those food banks will give the vouchers to their clients who will exchange them at their local Brookshire Brothers or David’s store for a gallon of milk.

Since the Great American Milk Drive launched two years ago, more than 400,000 gallons of milk have been donated to people who rely on the nation’s food banks to help supply their families with not only food but also the good protein found in milk that helps power their potential.  Karolyn Davis with the East Texas Food Bank adds, “Milk is among our most requested items. We are grateful to The Great American Milk Drive and Brookshire Brothers and its customers for making these donations possible.”

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. It provides food through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.