Local Brookshire Brothers and David’s Shoppers Help Provide Milk Through The Great American Milk Drive
Lufkin, TX, August 9, 2017 – Hunger is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities; it has no boundaries. In fact, Texas and Louisiana have a food insecurity rate of 16.2%, meaning more than 5 million people don’t have access to enough food. Each year, more than 46 million Americans—including 12 million children—are served by Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks. In other words, children in need may be missing out on the 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving, that it supplies.
To help address this issue, Brookshire Brothers and David’s joined Feeding America this past June with the aim to deliver nutrient-rich gallons of milk to local kids and families who may otherwise go without. Thanks to generous donations from shoppers, 3163 gallons of milk will be distributed to those served by the following food banks: Southeast Texas Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Central Texas Food Bank, East Texas Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, and Tarrant Area Food Bank.
To date, more than 1 million gallons of milk have been delivered to families across the country through The Great American Milk Drive, including thousands of gallons donated by customers of Brookshire Brothers and David’s.
About Brookshire Brothers
Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands operate over 1150 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores and convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco, and gasoline locations. With a footprint that stretches almost 40,000 over ? square miles in across Texas and Louisiana, this employee-owned company is driven by community needs. For more information, you can visit www.brookshirebrothers.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve, educates the public about the problem of hunger, and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation's milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk—with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Lowe Campbell Ewald is the creative agency for the Milk Life campaign from America’s milk companies.
About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers, is committed to nutrition, education, and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers, and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC is committed to promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.