The Milk Gap

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June 20, 2016 By: Meghan Meints Category: Events

For many kids, having a glass of milk with dinner or their afternoon snack is a daily occurrence, but those that receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year often go without during the summer. This creates what experts call the milk gap.

In partnership with Feeding America, the Great American Milk Drive works to collect donations all across the nation to help close this gap.

“Each year, we are a local beneficiary of the Great American Milk Drive,” Heather, Second Harvest Heartland’s director of corporate partnership and cause marketing, explained. “Milk is a high-need item, especially in the summer months for kids and because it’s a perishable product we don’t often receive donations.”

We all know that milk is an important part of a balanced diet, especially for growing kids. The protein in milk helps build strong bones and other nutrients power kids to play, learn and grow. Cub and Kemps recently donated 36,000 gallons of milk to Second Harvest Heartland from local support of this campaign last year.

“Through the generosity of our Cub shoppers at the front end, through those donations, that’s how we came up with the 36,000 gallons,” Kerry, a Cub spokeswoman, told KSTP.

Randy, a Kemps spokesman, went on to explain: “We can think about 36,000 gallons, it’s actually like six semitrailers full of milk.”

To make a donation towards closing the milk gap, or to learn more, visit


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