While it may not be immediately recognizable, about one in six Americans struggle with hunger every day. Just taking a moment to look up and down your block can make that number very real, since it could include the senior down your block, the child across the street, even your next-door neighbors. When finances get tight, tough decisions need to be made, and all too often that can mean going without something to eat.
In fact, 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, don’t have dependable, consistent access to enough food due to limited money and resources. Not only are these Americans going hungry, but they’re not getting the nutrients their bodies need.
That’s where Feeding America and National Dairy Council step in. The nation’s dairy farmers believe that this nation’s families and children deserve better, which is why National Dairy Council, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Feeding America partnered last year to increase the availability of nutritious, safe and affordable foods across the country.
One of those foods that they’re working to provide more access to is milk. Milk is one of the top five foods requested by Feeding America’s clients, yet dairy foods only make up about 5 percent of the total pounds of food distributed each year.
Fortunately, progress is being made, as the partnership has already produced tangible results. Feeding America’s Healthy Food Bank Hub and food banks have received first-ever nutrition grants that will help them increase the availability of milk to the 37 million Americans Feeding America serves. That means more and more Americans will be able to enjoy nutrient-rich milk more often.
If you’d like to get involved and help those in your community and around the country, visit FeedingAmerica.org.