Launched in 2015 in Central Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, Fill a Glass with Hope® expanded in 2016 to become the first statewide charitable fresh milk distribution program in the country.
Since its inception, the program has provided more than 10 million servings of milk to families in need through Feeding Pennsylvania’s eight member food banks statewide. The fundraising for the 2019 campaign launched today at the 103rd PA Farm Show in January.
Fill a Glass with Hope is a joint effort between the American Dairy Association North East, Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, agriculture partners, and business leaders to bring fresh milk to Pennsylvania families in need.
“With 1.6 million Pennsylvanians facing hunger, nearly half a million of whom are children, we must ensure that no child or family is denied access to nutritious food, including fresh milk, which supplies vitamins and minerals necessary for growth and learning,” said Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania.
“Milk is one of the most requested items in the charitable food network, yet it is rarely donated. Through Fill a Glass with Hope®, Feeding PA’s member food banks have the funding to ensure that families facing hunger in Pennsylvania have access to the essential nutrients that milk has to offer. We are grateful to our generous donors, including Cabot Oil and Gas, for their continued commitment to fighting hunger in Pennsylvania,” Clements-Smith said during a recent discussion with industry professionals.
How It Works
Member food banks, like our partners at the CEO Weinberg Food Bank, became licensed as charitable milk sub-dealers by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing board, allowing them to purchase milk from dairies at a reduced price. That reduced price is further subsidized by donations and sponsorships and passed on to local agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries.
“2019 is already off to a great start with more than 675,000 servings of milk distributed through our program, 23,000 of them through the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank,” Clements-Smith adds.
How to Help
On average, $1 provides eight servings*, or one half-gallon, of nutrient-rich fresh milk!
To contribute, visit: FeedingPA.org/milk