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Joint effort strives to bring milk to children in need

Great Plains Food Bank, Feeding America and local Hugo’s Family Marketplace locations for the second year will hold The Great American Milk Drive. This national program helps deliver milk to hungry children and families who need it most.

Each year, more than 46 million Americans — including 12 million children — rely on Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. According to Feeding America, milk is one of the most requested but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need across the country are missing out on the essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it supplies.

On average, food banks can only provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. That’s because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it’s perishable. The Great American Milk Drive is made possible by the nation’s dairy farmers and milk companies and enables donations of milk to families in need.

Donations will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 at any of the ten Hugo’s Family Marketplace locations. An event promoting The Great American Milk Drive will be held 10 a.m. to  4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 at all Hugo’s Family Marketplace locations — in Grafton, Grand Forks and Jamestown in North Dakota, and Crookston, East Grand Forks, Park Rapids and Thief River Falls in Minnesota.

Donations also are accepted online at, where as little as $5 will deliver a gallon of milk to a family in need. Donations can be targeted via zip code to ensure milk is delivered to the the Feeding America food bank in the donor’s community.