Over 2,400 gallons of milk donated to Central Illinois Foodbank

Over 2,400 gallons of milk donated to Central Illinois Foodbank. (File)

The Central Illinois Foodbank will receive over 2,400 gallons of milk through The Great American Milk Drive.

The Great American Milk Drive, through Hy-Vee and Prairie Farms/Hiland Dairy, donated the milk in an effort to help fuel summertime for local kids.

This is the fourth year of the milk drive, and Friday, the foodbank received over 600 gallons of milk.

Organizers said this donation is important because so many kids don't get the nutrients they need, since they're not in school.

"We're grateful to offer this to our agencies because they're always requesting we get in. But, it's really hard for us to receive donations because it's parishable," PR Manager Ashley Earnest said.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year, as stated in a press release.

According to Feeding America, milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks.

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