Why Many Kids Face Hunger When Summer Break Starts

How Just a Little Milk Money Can Help Kids This Summer

Summer means hitting the playground, beach or heading to summer camp for many kids.

But for more than 22 million children, it may also mean they miss out on milk’s nutrition because schools are closed and they lose access to free or reduced-price meal programs.

The USDA offers the Summer Food Service Program to help ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals while school is not in session, but there are still kids who don’t have access to the food and nutrition they need.

No matter the time of year, children need nutritious foods. According to Feeding America, “studies have found that food insecurity has been associated with health problems for children that may hinder their ability to function normally and participate in school and other activities.” [SOURCE: Feeding America Child Development Fact Sheet, Food Resource and Action Center]

At Feeding America food banks, one of the most requested food items is milk. But on average, these 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.

With eight grams of high-quality protein per serving and three of the top nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet for both kids and adults – calcium, vitamin D and potassium – milk is an affordable, efficient way for America’s feeding programs to get nutrients into the hands of families and children who need it.

But, this summer, you can help make a difference in many kids’ lives during the summer months by giving to the Great American Milk Drive. And for as little as $5, you can donate milk to a family facing hunger in your local community.

Don’t let them go without milk.

Watch: Life in the Nutrition Gap