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Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Dairy MAX Providing Milk Coolers to Food Banks
Milk, even pre-pandemic, has been one of the most requested but least available items to food banks due to its perishability and refrigeration requirements. In July 2020, Dairy MAX worked with Feeding America to create a solution to the lack of dairy in food banks due to unavailable storage setups by creating a program that provides milk coolers for food banks within the Feeding America network.

Creating consistent access and increased refrigeration capacity is essential for dairy due to its perishability and short shelf life. “Refrigeration capacity continues to be the biggest obstacle to a steady milk supply in food banks,” said Michelle Van Pelt, business development manager for Dairy MAX. “By providing coolers to neighborhood food banks, we can help multiple families and introduce local dairy foods to communities.”

Food prices continue to rise. Today, more than 34 million Americans are turning to food banks to help bridge the gap in accessing wholesome food for their families. Many of these individuals and their families don’t qualify for government assistance, meaning having the ability to make healthier selections at the grocery store isn’t always economically feasible. Healthier choices often include perishable foods, including dairy. To put this into perspective, the average food bank client receives one gallon of milk per year versus the 68 gallons they need to meet the dietary recommendations for dairy foods for Americans.

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