More than one in five children in our country face food insecurity, unsure sure of where their next meal is coming from.
It’s because of that, many children aren’t meeting the recommended Dietary Guidelines that are critical for their proper development.
Many of those essential nutrients are delivered by dairy foods, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt. That’s why dairy farmers remain committed to tactics such as innovation and sustainability to help solving our nation’s hunger issues.
Leaders from the dairy industry – from producers to processers and retailers – gathered in Washington, D.C., today for a Future of Food event to address our country’s food insecurity issues and discuss ways to continue feeding a growing population.
As part of the dairy industry’s commitment, the National Dairy Council, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Feeding America last year formed a partnership to help alleviate hunger through an increased focus on nutrition.
Today, they reaffirmed that promise by announcing a $100,000 grant program designed to support nutrition education and increase access to dairy and other nutrient-rich foods.
Over the next month, $10,000 grants will be awarded to 10 different food banks across the county within the Feeding America network.
“Dairy farmers have been committed to the health and wellness of Americans, with an emphasis on child health, for nearly a century; this includes addressing hunger and helping ensure every American has access to nutrient-rich foods, such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins,” said Jean H. Ragalie, RD, president of NDC. This partnership is critical to helping America close the hunger gap across our country.”
Starting next month, NDC will kick off a series of local, grassroots efforts nationwide through its state and region network to “Give Good with Dairy” – ranging from food drive donations of dairy through partnerships, voucher programs and local events.
For more information on events in your community or to get involved, visit Feeding America.