2017 FILL A GLASS WITH HOPE® FRESH MILK CAMPAIGN KICKS-OFF AT FARM SHOW
HARRISBURG, PA – It’s Farm Show time in Harrisburg and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is participating in the kick-off of the 2017 Fill a Glass with Hope® fresh milk campaign. On Friday, January 6, 2017 at noon, Feeding Pennsylvania will reveal the total servings of milk distributed statewide in 2016 and recognize supporters of the program. Special guests will include former Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch and former Philadelphia Eagles Punter Sean Landeta promoting the program. Entertainment will also be provided by The Voice contestant Olivia Farabaugh.
Feeding Pennsylvania partners with the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and American Dairy Association North East for Fill a Glass with Hope®, Pennsylvania’s first statewide charitable fresh milk program. Fill a Glass with Hope® provides access to nutritious, protein-packed milk to those in need across the state through food banks.
“As the first food bank to launch the Fill a Glass with Hope® program, we continue to provide fresh milk to those in need through our 900 partner agencies in central Pennsylvania. The statewide impact made by Fill a Glass with Hope® in 2016 was remarkable and we look forward to its continued growth in 2017,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
One in seven Pennsylvanians, including one in five children, struggles with hunger. Fresh milk is one of the most frequently requested items at food banks, but not often donated. Fill a Glass with Hope® partners the charitable food system with the dairy industry to secure fresh milk at a lower cost to food banks in Pennsylvania.
Since its inception, Fill a Glass with Hope® has provided millions of servings of milk. Through the support of donors and sponsors, this number can continue to grow. Just $1 can provide approximately eight glasses of milk!
“No one in Pennsylvania should be denied access to nutritious food, including fresh milk, especially the half million children who are at risk of going hungry,” said Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania. “Receiving milk has been meaningful for the households and families our food banks serve, and we look forward to the growth of this impact in 2017.”
Fill a Glass with Hope® is the first statewide charitable fresh milk distribution program in the country. The concept began two years ago with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which launched a regional pilot program. After the demonstrated success of the program in Central Pennsylvania, the dairy associations and Feeding Pennsylvania continued the program with the goal of taking fresh milk statewide.
In order to accomplish this goal, each of Feeding Pennsylvania’s eight food banks became certified charitable milk sub-dealers through the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, which allows the food banks to purchase fresh milk at a lower cost directly from their local dairies. As Feeding America members, each of the member food banks is held to rigorous health and safety standards, which streamlined the certification process.
In the midst of the statistics and certifications, Fill a Glass with Hope® is about the people served and the impact on them. Each of those servings has gone to a person or family who may not have had milk otherwise. Thanks to all those who have made this program possible, Feeding Pennsylvania's charitable food system will continue to provide not only milk but the program's namesake: hope.