Nourishing hungry Pennsylvanians with a glass of hope

Partners Post, March 2016

$1 = 8 servings of milk

You could fill Penn State's Beaver Stadium approximately five times over with the number of children at risk for hunger in Pennsylvania. That's one reason why Feeding Pennsylvania, representing the state’s eight Feeding America Food Banks, is partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association on Fill a Glass with Hope, the first statewide charitable fresh milk program in the nation, to provide fresh milk to Pennsylvanians in need.

The 2016 Fill a Glass with Hope campaign launched at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. Donations to the campaign allow Feeding Pennsylvania’s network of eight food banks to purchase milk from their local dairies at a reduced price.

Fill a Glass with Hope was piloted by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in 2014. That effort was so successful that it yielded 1 million servings of milk in the food bank’s 27-county service area in 2015.

This year, the project has gone statewide, and all eight of Feeding Pennsylvania’s member food banks are committed to serving milk with goal of providing 2 million servings in 2016. Partners for Public Education and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) are sponsors of the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign.

"Hunger can be a major obstacle to learning," said PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak. "PSEA is proud to support the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign with a $10,000 contribution. It's one way that our members are helping Pennsylvania students stay healthy and perform better in the classroom and in life."

Fill a Glass with Hope

Left: PSEA Executive Director Jim Vaughan enjoys a milkshake during the Fill a Glass with Hope kickoff at the 100th Farm Show.
Right: Pennsylvania's dairy princess displays a sign listing the corporate and organizational sponsors of Fill a Glass with Hope.

"Fresh milk has always been one of the most requested items by the people we serve," said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

"We are excited to now grow the program across the state, and the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign will enable us to put more milk on the tables of all Pennsylvanians facing hunger," said Jane Clements-Smith, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania.

You can support the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign by going to www.feedingpa.org/milk. Each dollar donated will provide eight servings of milk to an individual facing hunger.

 

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