Monthly Archives: June 2014

Iowa’s Food Pantries Have a Crucial Need for More Milk

Governor Terry Branstad is joining local milk companies and dairy farmers to bring attention to nutrition and hunger relief efforts in support of the Great American Milk Drive, the first ever national program to deliver highly desired and nutrient rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

Event attendees had the opportunity to sample milk from local milk companies AE Dairy and Highland Dairy and learn how to get involved as Gov. Branstad and dairy industry representatives discuss the Healthiest State Initiative and the Great American Milk Drive, proclaiming June as “Dairy Month” in Iowa.

Hunger impacts 1 in 8 Iowans and 12.5 million families nationwide. These families do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential. Hunger has no boundaries and is problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest 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 can change with Iowa’s support of the Great American Milk Drive!

Yesterday, Cory Berkenes, Director of the Iowa Food Bank Association had the opportunity to meet with the public and Gov. Branstad. He was also available for media interviews on how the Great American Milk Drive can impact Iowa’s eight Feeding America Food Banks. Many of Iowa’s food bank directors, including Barbara Prather and Sunni Keigebien of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, were also in attendance.

It’s been a challenge for Iowa’s food banks to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations- canned goods and other non-perishable grocery items are more likely to be donated. Now, it’s easier for Iowa’s residents to lend a hand and contribute nutritious milk to food insecure families!

With the simple click of a mouse, ( or text message (text “milk” to 80088), it is now possible to buy much needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to family who does not have regular access to milk. By entering your zip code online, you can ensure that the milk is delivered for you to a local Feeding America food bank in your own community.

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 Iowa residents can help meet that goal!

Donations for milk can also be made locally by going to