When looking at dairy, the studies indicated that between 35-70% of food pantries suffered inadequate intake of milk products.(Simmet et al., 2017)2
- Wetherill, Marianna S. Mary B. Williams, Kayla Castleberry White, Ji Li, Jennifer I. Vidrine & Damon J. Vidrine (2019) Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 14:1-2, 50-69.
- Simmet, Anja, Julia Depa, Peter Tennemann, Nanette Stroebele Benschop Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, April 2017 Vol. 117 No. 4 (p. 563-575).
- Bryan, A.D., Z.A. Ginsburg, E.B. Rubinstein, H.J. Frankel, A.R. Maroko, C.B. Schechter, K.C. Stowers, and S.C. Lucan. Journal of Community Health (2019) 44:339–364 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-018-0592-z.
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the University of Wisconsin System. June 21, 2019. Toward a Vibrant Wisconsin Dairy Industry: Issues, Insights and Recommendations Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.
- 44 million Americans are being served by food pantries, and most are serving people not on an emergency basis but rather on a routine basis.1
- Most studies showed a lower percentage of milk drunk by food pantry clients compared to the population at large.1
- While more affluent people are able to afford healthy and nutritious foods, those who shop at food pantries may not get the quality food they need.2
- Milk was considered a near-perfect nutritional quality in their nutritional value toolkit.3
- Geographically, there is a surplus of milk produced in the Midwest, but processing facilities have not kept up with the over-supply, forcing fluid milk to be shipped long distances.4