Milk is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals necessary for children and adults to be healthy. It is one of the most requested items at area pantries; however, milk is rarely donated.
During the month of September, Midwest Dairy Council, Food Bank for the Heartland, Alliance for a Better Omaha, and Hunger Free Heartland are partnering for the Pints to Gallons Milk Drive. Schools, companies, and individuals are collecting money in empty pints containers to donate to Food Bank for the Heartland to purchase milk for local families in need. The milk will be distributed by Alliance for a Better Omaha. Members include Heart Ministry Center, Together, and Food Bank for the Heartland.
Participants can collect funds for a week or two or throughout the entire month of September. When donations are finished being collected, the pints containers can be taken to any local First National Bank branch, and the money will be deposited in Food Bank for the Heartland Pints to Gallons donation fund.
“Milk is a staple in the diets of many Heartland children and families,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “Pints to Gallons engages members of our community – especially children – to help others who are in need. The funds collected will be used to purchase much-needed milk. Every dollar helps.”
Last year over $9,300 was raised during Pints to Gallons. The Food Bank used the funds to purchase 29,644 half-gallons of milk for pantry partners to distribute to local food-insecure children, families and seniors.
West Dodge Station Elementary School in Elkhorn Public Schools collected the most money of any participating school. The students of West Dodge Station are participating in the drive again this year and have plans to defend their title.
Anyone who is interested in participating in the Pints to Gallons Milk Drive may contact Food Bank for the Heartland at (402)331-1213 or sign up online at https://foodbankheartland.org/donate-food/#section08 and indicate “Pints to Gallons” in the Comments section of the form.