Montgomery County Dairy Farmer Laurie Savage of Dickerson, and Maryland Dairy Princess Sydnie Grossnickle of Walkersville, Frederick County, celebrated June Dairy Month by supporting the Great American Milk Drive.
The national retail campaign, a partnership between National Dairy Council™, Feeding America° and Milk Processor and Education Program (MilkPEP), encourages shoppers to donate at the store checkout to help get milk to local food banks.
“As a dairy farmer, it’s hard to imagine not having wholesome, nutritious milk on our tables to fuel our families,” said Laurie. “Knowing that we can help other families through this program get access to milk – those that need and want it – is a win for everyone.”
Savage and Grossnickle recently participated in a Shoppers Food and Pharmacy and Shop ‘n Save event in Landover, Maryland, that celebrated a month’s donation collection of more than $113,078 from Maryland and Virginia customers. The contributions exceeded the retailers goal of $100,000.
Milk is one of the most requested items from food banks, but because of its perishability, it is difficult to receive donations and to meet consumer demand. The Great American Milk Drive was designed to help bridge the gap between families who need milk but don’t have access to it.
Donations support the purchase of milk through food banks, especially during the busiest summer months and holidays. According to Feeding America, for every $5 contribution, one half-gallon of milk or more based on local markets will be secured and delivered.
Savage and Grossnickle also attended a Safeway Great American Milk Drive kickoff in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., that will run through the month of June. Both events featured Washington Redskins players – former wide receiver Gary Clark and current offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe – who participated as part of American Dairy Association North East’s Fuel Up to Play 60 partnership.
The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than one million gallons of fresh milk – more than 16 million servings – to food banks across the country since 2014.
“Supporting programs like the Great American Milk Drive not only benefits our local dairy farmers like the Savages and their local economies, but it helps families who otherwise don’t have access to this main dietary staple,” said American Dairy Association North East CEO Rick Naczi.