On March 28, the culmination of an effort by California's dairy families to generate awareness for communities adversely affected by recent natural disasters came to fruition with a $30,000 Feeding America check presentation at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, Calif. Milk is one of the most requested nutrition staples at Feeding America food banks, but facilities are able to provide only the equivalent of less than 1 gallon of milk per person each year, according to the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), Tracy, Calif.
"On behalf of the Redwood Empire Food Bank and Feeding America food banks in Texas and Florida, we are happy to accept this check from the California Milk Advisory Board that represents 96,000 servings of milk for families in need affected by recent disasters," said David Goodman, CEO of the Redwood Empire Food Bank. "Providing wholesome, nutritious milk is important to our clients' health, particularly children and seniors who are often most vulnerable to hunger. These donations and the awareness they bring are critical, especially months after disasters when the true impact is felt."