Student Rallies Community to Donate to Her Service Project To Benefit The Great American Milk Drive

Reagan Blasher drinks her milk every day — but didn’t know that other people in her community don’t have the same opportunity at mealtime.

So the fifth-grade student and West Virginia native set out to create a service project to complement Fuel Up to Play 60, a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Dairy Council to help kids recognize the benefits of healthy choices. She enlisted the help of her teacher to create a local milk drive to help donate milk when she learned how few gallons of milk are donated to food banks in her area.

Reagan has been active in food drives in her community — both at school and others sponsored by organizations in her hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia. She knows many people depend on those services to help feed their families — and she tries to do all she can to help.

“Anytime food drives are announced at school or throughout the community, I participate,” she says. “There are so many people who depend on food banks, I want to do my best in helping out.”

But it wasn’t until she started researching her own service project that she learned how her fundraising efforts to donate milk would help her community. On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it’s perishable.

That fact helped Reagan decide how she could help donate milk.

She launched her own version of The Great American Milk Drive — creating a fundraiser on her gofundme.com page to help purchase milk for local West Virginian food banks. And she set her expectations quite high.

“My goal was $1,250,” Reagan says. “I wanted a goal that would be a challenge to raise.”

She involved her classmates in her fundraising efforts by coordinating a school-approved hat day. In order to wear a hat to class for one day, students could donate $1 to Reagan’s Milk Drive. By involving her friends and others at school, Reagan inspired them to continue to volunteer throughout the service drive.

Her passion paid off. People donated more than $1,600 — but Reagan isn’t stopping yet. Currently she is considering different ways she can continue the milk drive at school and involve local business owners as well. She credits her experience with her classmates as one reason to expand her service project.

“When it came to delivering some of the milk with the money donated, my classmates were excited to help,” Reagan says. “They went to the grocery store with me to buy it [the milk] and then took it to the food banks. The experience was very eye opening to us.” 

We are thanking Reagan for her efforts by matching her donation to the Great American Milk Drive. Learn more about the need for milk in food banks and how you can help those in your community at milklife.com/give.