'Milk Gap' a Real Problem In OklahomaThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:45:17 CDT
Milk is an essential part of a healthy diet, but thousands of Oklahomans are missing out in getting the important nutrients through milk. Unfortunately those in the greatest need can rarely get milk through their local food bank. Dairy Max Spokesperson Susan Allen said food bank recipients typically receive about one gallon of milk per year.
"Milk is actually one of the most requested items at a food bank, but its the most rarely given item at a food bank," Allen said.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Allen about the milk gap. You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story
The state's dairy producers are working with Feeding America with a brand new program called the "Great American Milk Drive". Allen said this is a program to get milk into the homes of those who are hungry. By giving a small five dollar donation online or by texting, this creates a coupon for milk based on the donor's zip code. This donation is made to the closest food bank so a family can go in and receive a coupon to go get a fresh gallon of milk at the store.
"This project is just another great example of how dairy farmers have gotten behind a program to help other people and in this case its hungry Oklahomans," she said.
To date 322 gallons of milk have been donated to food banks in Oklahoma. These food banks serve over 656 - thousand families. Click here to read more about the program or to make a donation to "The Great American Milk Drive".
Dairy Max is a joint effort of dairy producers through parts of four states, including central and western Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and parts of southeast Kansas. Allen said DairyMax works with producers along with other individuals like dieticians, physicians, chefs and schools in promoting the dairy consumption.
Susan Allen will be our featured 'In The Field' guest this Saturday morning. Watch our interview on KWTV, News9 at 6:40 am Saturday morning.
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