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National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers almost 100 years ago, has joined forces with Feeding America and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help fight hunger and promote healthy food choices for the nation’s 49 million citizens who are food insecure. As a part of this partnership, NDC is matching donations made in this week’s Feeding America Groupon to help ensure hungry individuals and families have food to eat during the holidays.
In fact, for every $11 raised by this Grassroots campaign, Feeding America can provide a family of four with food for two weeks. For every $21 raised, the organization can feed a family of four for one month.
On July 16th I was honored to be part of the Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century–an event that brought thought leaders throughout Arizona together to discuss the issue of improving children’s health and nutrition, especially during the summer months. Many of the speakers shared innovative and exciting ideas about how to connect more people to agriculture and fresh food. One such program is the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious meals to any child between the ages of 1-18. Good nutrition is important over the summer; students receive the opportunity to continue developing physically and socially and can return to class ready to learn.
Through my travel experiences, I have witnessed a disconnect among people and the food on their plates – many don’t know how their food originated, which is why farm to school initiatives are vital to nutrition education. We have a shared responsibility to provide nutritious food to our children in schools and to the growing population.
National Dairy Council was founded by dairy farmers almost a century ago and remains committed to helping ensure children have the best chance at leading healthy, productive lives. Help us out and support your local farmers by getting your child’s school involved in a farm to school initiative and visit the National Farm to School Network to find a program near you!
As a representative of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, I had the opportunity to speak today at the “Future of Food” breakfast forum in Denver, on behalf of Western Dairy Association (WDA). The forum brought together local government, agricultural and educational leaders to have a deep discussion around the shared responsibility of the challenge of providing nutritious, affordable food to children in schools and to a growing population.
Dairy farmers are at the forefront of feeding America and nourishing each of our lives every day. I believe that dairy foods and the nutritional quality they provide is a pivotal part of the solution. The more we educate people, especially children, about how food begins on the farm, the more they will understand that dairy is a nutritious food group that farmers strive to produce with minimal impact on the environment. This education must start with our youth via farm to school programs, farm tours and nutrition education.
Food insecurity in the U.S. continues to be a serious problem, with one in six Americans dealing with hunger on a daily basis. While the solutions will not be simple, everyone involved in providing food for our country should work together towards ensuring all Americans have equal access to the healthy foods represented in MyPlate – such as low-fat and fat-free dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
One positive step is that milk, cheese and yogurt – which offer so much nutrition per penny — are a key part of national food programs that help give Americans access to healthy food. For instance: