Sooner or later, most of us have donated food to a local food pantry. If you’re like a lot of people, you cruise the aisles of your local grocery store, looking for shelf-stable items. What do we pick? We all eat so we should have a pretty good idea of what will be popular with pantry shoppers. Here are some things that turn up in the donation bins often – cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice, and tomato sauce. But is this what food pantries really need … or what shoppers really want?
According to Feeding America, the most-needed items aren’t even on your radar (probably because they’re perishable). Milk is the number-one requested item at food banks. (Fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein come in second and third.)
Until recently, food banks were only able to provide one gallon of milk per person per year. Now there’s something called The Great American Milk Drive. America’s dairy farmers and milk companies make it easy for people to donate milk directly in their communities.
The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 1.8 million gallons of milk – that’s more than 28 million servings – to food banks across the country since 2014.
Doesn’t that sound better than going to the grocery store (again), pushing around the cart with the busted wheel, and lugging all that stuff to the donation site? Check it out.