This post is sponsored by Milk Life, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe it’s already September! If you didn’t know – September is Feeding America® ’s Hunger Action Month™! I have always been passionate about the world’s hungry children – especially since my family is from India and I have seen first hand the devastation that hunger can cause. Seeing hungry children in a third world country is absolutely heartbreaking and unsettling – but what if I told you that we had so many hungry children in our own backyard? More than 46 million people – including 12 million children – are served by Feeding America food banks each year.
Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on the 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving, that it supplies. While Americans are generous with donations of canned and dry goods, fresh milk is a lot harder to donate because it’s perishable.
During our daily routine, we use milk for almost every meal and in between meals, too! I cannot begin to imagine not having access to such an important item in our daily lives!
The first thing I do every morning is go downstairs and get my one-year-old son his favorite Peppa sippy cup with milk! Then I get the kids dressed and ready for the day and we go downstairs for breakfast, which 9 times out of 10, is cereal! I always let the girls pick their cereal out. They love eating it and then sipping the milk out of the bowl! After breakfast, we take my oldest daughter to school! During the day, we enjoy milk whether it’s while baking cookies or after a fun trip to the park.
Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for children who face hunger, the nutrients that help power these activities may be missing because they may lack regular access to nutrient-rich milk. Milk’s nutrition – including high-quality protein – helps get kids ready to learn. Unfortunately, millions of families don’t have regular access to it. Did you know that 1 in 3 children in Arizona are food insecure? I didn’t know that until I started researching Hunger Action Month, and now I can’t get those numbers out of my head.
Join me and Feeding America in The Great American Milk Drive to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry children and families who need it most. More than 1 million gallons – that’s more than 16 million servings – of milk have been delivered to food banks through this first-of-its-kind national program. Yet, there’s still more to do.
During Hunger Action Month, the Feeding America® nationwide initiative asks Americans to take action and fight hunger in their community. Through The Great American Milk Drive, you can donate with purpose to help ensure kids have the nutrition they need to head back to school. With a donation of as little as $5 at milklife.com/give, you can feed a childhood in your community, helping to ensure that all children have the potential to learn, grow and play. By entering your zip code when you donate at milklife.com/give, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community.