Approximately 14.4% of Hoosiers are considered “food insecure” and do not have enough food to eat on a daily basis. Currently Indiana is above the national average, with local Feeding America food banks working tirelessly to reduce those numbers. Everyday they provide families with a safety net in times of need.
Indiana has over 1,000 dairy farm families passionate about feeding their communities as well. Did you know milk is one of the most requested items at food banks? On average, people served by food banks receive less than one gallon per person per year. Milk is a nutrition powerhouse providing 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high quality protein. Additionally, milk is the top food source for three nutrients most likely missing from kids’ diets: calcium, Vitamin D and potassium.
To help Feeding America provide milk to hungry Hoosiers, Indiana dairy farmers proudly support the Great American Milk Drive. This effort brings milk to a network of 200 food banks and 20,000 food pantries across the country. To date, more than 428,000 servings of dairy have been donated in Indiana!
During Hunger Action Month, learn more about how a small donation can provide milk for our friends and neighbors in need.