Today, over 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, and more than one in six households does not have the money to buy food their families need. This reality is something food banks witness daily.
“People came to us once in a while for food,” said Ross Fraser of Feeding America in a recent article published on Slate. “Now we are a staple in many people’s lives.”
This startling increase has gotten the attention of many food banks and shelters who are whole-heartedly committed to not only provide food, but to also provide nutritious items like the low-fat or fat-free dairy or produce that many Americans lack in their diets.
As part of a campaign to give kids greater access to a healthy breakfast, the national “got milk?®” Campaign and Fuel Up to Play 60 recently awarded $250,000 in grants to schools nationwide as part of the Breakfast Blitz program.
From January 8 to February 17, parents, school administrators, teachers and community members across the nation made every milk purchase count by entering their UPC codes online and voting to direct a $1,000 grant to a local school.
Water is a precious and versatile resource on dairy farms. Because dairy farmers are vigilant stewards of the land, they remain conscious of how they utilize water, ensuring it is done in the smartest and most sustainable ways possible.
This natural resource is not just provided to cows as a refreshing drink, it also is used in other ways, such as chilling milk at the farm.
Because milk leaves a cow’s body at 101 degrees, water is used in a cooling system in the farm’s milking parlor to quickly chill it to about 38 degrees, assuring its continued freshness from the farm to your refrigerator.
Ever find that listening to some of your favorite jams tends to help you be more productive during your work day?
Turns out, you are not the only one who can get into a steady groove listening to your favorite playlist. Some dairy cows also tend to be more productive – by producing more milk when stimulated by the sounds of certain types of music, according to research.
A group of South Dakota dairy farmers began taking action three years ago to address hunger issues in their state.
Dairy farm families across the country are rallying to help feed America’s hungry. Read more about their efforts and how you can help.
Championing efforts by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the GENYOUth Foundation, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new initiative last week to combat childhood obesity through greater physical activity.
Milk Valentine’s Day for all it’s worth today — and don’t be shy sharing our Valentine in the process.
From our heart to yours,
Dairygood.org — Where good comes from
Following an interview with Dairy Management Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, Bloomberg reports retail milk prices will rise as much as 15 percent by the first quarter of 2013 after the worst U.S. drought since 1956 sent livestock-feed costs to a record high.
Meanwhile, retail food prices are forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rise from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this year. Read the full report via Bloomberg.
Dairy Farmers Bill Siebenborn and Ryan Anglin discuss feeding a growing population
By Bill Siebenborn,
Missouri Dairy Farmer
I am from Missouri where farmers are trying to harvest what – if any – crops remain in their fields ravaged by the third worst drought in more than 130 years. As a dairy farmer, I came to Chicago, the “Bread Basket of the Country,” to join a complex discussion about feeding the world’s population. We face great challenges. The population is increasing. Another two billion will be in need of food by 2050. We will need to double our food production over the next 40 years. Yet today, there are one billion chronically hungry people in the world.