"There are far too many people, children who come and go in life with hungry bellies. A few years ago a couple of dairy farming ladies, a very passionate friend and I put our heads together to figure out what we, just two milk producers, could do about this problem."
The keyword here, being fresh. Although many food bank distributors try their best to deliver fresh dairy products, we kept hearing that many of the products were nearing or close to their expiration date.
Although still safe to drink, the taste of a nearly expired jug of milk does not taste the same as a fresh product. This doesn't leave a very, pardon the pun, good taste, when it comes to the dairy industry.
When a small child's first taste of an expired glass of milk tastes, 'off' what makes them want to request another glass?
TO PROVIDE FRESH FROM THE FARM DAIRY MILK TO THOSE IN NEED.
"Bringing milk to events like 'Food for Families' is such a humbling experience and I am thankful that the kids and I get to experience this gift of giving."
There are far too many people, children who come and go in life with hungry bellies. A few years ago a couple of dairy farming ladies, a very passionate friend and I put our heads together to figure out what we, just two milk producers, could do about this problem. We just knew we had to do something to help! We are both very busy people, managing dairy farms, raising our families, and working jobs, but this needed a hand.
Kristi Tveten started donating milk two years ago on her own after she called a local food shelf to ask if she could donate fresh milk.
We wanted to keep this process as simple as possible. We'd just buy milk from a local store at taking it directly to the food shelf, or community food service events. This way we are ensured that the product is fresh, cold, and ready to nourish bones and fill tummies. Using only our own pocket money, we decided to reach out to others to see if they wanted to help. Once per month, we would take our collected monies and stock coolers with as much milk as we could afford.
“They were ecstatic at the idea of someone bringing in milk, as the availability of fresh milk on a regular basis was rare,” she recalls. “I’ll never forget when I made my first delivery and carried in 15 gallons of milk. A gentleman was there getting his groceries and asked if that milk was for him. My first gallon of milk went to someone in need, it never even made it to the cooler.”
One Gallon at a Time would love to partner with more food banks and other distributors to provide a variety of nutritious dairy products to food-insecure households who have faced uniquely difficult challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as hunger has risen significantly during the last year.
Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we have been able to help several food shelves find resources for coolers in order to get set up for refrigeration of dairy products and would love to be able to reach out as far as we can with assistance and support.
Would you like to donate and help us deliver fresh milk to those in need within our community? We have set up a couple of ways you can contribute, either by mailing in a check or sending your donation through our Venmo account.
Mail your checks to:
MDI (Minnesota Dairy Initiatives)
Write "Milk" in the memo and send to P.O. Box 151 Lewiston, MN 55952
Your donations go directly to purchase milk, fresh dairy products and to support our mission.
We thank you so very kindly!
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