Carly Metcalf, The Idaho Foodbank’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), is our in-house food and nutrition expert. In this video, Carly talks about National Dairy Month in June and discusses the health and nutrition benefits of dairy products.
About National Dairy Month
National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to “Dairy Month.”
National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Whether it’s protein to help build and repair the muscle tissue of active bodies or vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, dairy products are a natural nutrient powerhouse. Those are just a few of the reasons that you should celebrate dairy not just in June, but all year long.
Help Us Get Milk Out with Moo Bucks!
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About Moo Bucks
Vouchers from the “Moo Bucks” campaign will be distributed to school pantries and partner agencies. Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow said its “Moo Bucks” campaigns are an easy way for people to make a big difference in the lives of Idaho families struggling to get enough nourishment. “There’s a huge milk gap in our country,” Fallow said. “Feeding America reports that on average people served by food banks receive the equivalent of less than 1 gallon per person per year. Today, one in seven Americans relies on food banks for nutritional assistance. And here at home in one of the top agricultural-producing states in the country, more than 210,000 Idahoans — including nearly 70,000 children — are food insecure.”
According to Morgan Wilson, chief development officer at The Idaho Foodbank, the $5,000 Dairy West and the Girl Scouts raised earlier this year via a similar effort called “Cookies from the Heart” helped provide 7,000 gallons of milk to those in need. “We utilized the donation to help purchase milk for our Backpack program, which provides nutritious meals over the weekends for kids enrolled in their school’s free-and-reduced breakfast and lunch program,” Wilson said. “We follow a very prescribed menu for this program to meet the nutritional needs of kids and each Backpack includes a serving of milk.”
“Milk is a unique and great choice for individuals struggling with hunger,” Fallow said, “It’s a nutritional powerhouse, provides eight grams of protein, and nine essential nutrients, including three of the top nutrients commonly missing in the American diet.”