I know, I know. It’s not even Halloween yet, but November and December truly are coming soon.
The holidays from Thanksgiving through Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year are so much about giving. Yes, it’s easy to get bogged down in the shopping and commercial hype, but the giving, sharing, and love are still beautiful. In the midst of family celebrations, I’m sure many of you also give extra time, money, or both to support causes you believe in.
We all know these causes need support through the whole year, but something about the holidays makes us a little more willing and a little more generous.
Before this gets lost in the lights and ribbons of December, I thought I’d let you know about a small way to immediately help a person or family experiencing food insecurity. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it will make a difference.
It’s called The Great American Milk Drive
If you go online and donate milk, you can be assured that nutritious, fresh milk will help a family that needs food assistance. A few dollars will give a gallon, and if we all chip in the impact becomes exponential. Well over 100,000 gallons have been donated so far, and as we near the holiday season I’d love to see that number skyrocket!
You may be wondering, “Why milk?”
First, milk is a hard thing for food banks to provide. It’s perishable and requires refrigeration, so it’s more expensive to handle and store than dry goods. By providing only milk, The Great American Milk Drive ensures milk and its vital nutrients don’t get left out.
It’s also what people are asking for.
Parents know they and especially their growing kids need the protein, calcium, and vitamins found in milk. It’s healthy, delicious, and I can’t imagine going a day without it. I don’t want others to be without it either, so I’m proud to donate and help meet this need. I also feel especially connected because we care for cows who produce milk and ultimately make this whole drive possible.
From our farm to you, I wish you a Happy Halloween next week and a blessed upcoming holiday season. I hope you’ll think about sharing the goodness of dairy with those in need.