Don't Forget to "Fill a Glass with Hope"
Submitted by Jessica Prosper, Agriculture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County
Throughout history, milk has played an important role in supplying people with essential nutrients. Even today, with the abundance of food options available to us, milk and milk products remain an important component of the average American diet. Studies have repeatedly shown that the moderate consumption of dairy products benefits children and adults alike, but especially children. Children who are fed a diet consisting of nutrient rich foods such as milk are not only physically healthier but mentally healthier as well resulting in improved academic performance. It is for this reason that so much emphasis is placed on healthy school lunches. However, children are only in school for a small amount of time, and meals outside of school are important too.
Food banks play a vital role in supplying food to needy families both locally and across the state, and while milk is often requested, it is not often donated. Recently, the American Dairy Association Northeast launched the Fill a Glass with Hope program in New York to raise awareness as well as funding to meet the need for fluid milk in food banks. Through this program, funding provided by grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donations will be used to purchase milk directly from processors to then be distributed to local food pantries.
At the local level in Franklin County, Franklin County Dairy Princess, Adyson Miller is heading this campaign. Donation containers in the form of blue plastic banks are distributed at various locations around the county including Community Bank, NBT Bank, and Franklin Federal Credit Union. Donations can also be made by check, made payable to Franklin County Dairy Promotion and mailed to Star Bashaw, 430 Ponderosa Rd, Chateaugay, NY 12920. Star is also available to answer questions at 518-483-4515.
All money raised in Franklin County will be used to supply food banks in Franklin County.