Brittany Ramos recently detailed on Well Said the extraordinary work by Feeding Pennsylvania to bring fresh milk to Pennsylvania families in need through the Fill a Glass with Hope program. In 2016, the inaugural year, Feeding Pennsylvania announced an ambitious goal of distributing 2 million servings of milk. And at the 2017 Farm Show, Feeding Pennsylvania Executive Director Jane Clements-Smith announced 2.3 million servings of milk were distributed, far above the original goal.
Bringing Fill a Glass with Hope to NEPA
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation proudly participated in this program with a gift of $2,500 with our funding facilitated the logistics needed to bring this wonderful program to Susquehanna County. The milk is purchased through dairies at a reduced price. The H & J Weinberg Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Food Bank collects the milk and delivers it to Susquehanna County Children’s Produce Markets hosted at Blue Ridge, Choconut Elementary, and Elk Lake school districts for families with children. From November to February, approximately 220 families were served each month. More than a thousand half gallon containers of milk have been distributed to date.
Gene Brady, Executive Director of the H & J Weinberg Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Food Bank overseas the program, and explained why this program is so essential for the community. “Milk is one of the food items most-requested by families, and yet it is rarely donated. As such, hungry families in our local communities are missing out on the essential nutrients milk provides. Thanks to Cabot, the Food Bank now offers fresh milk alongside fresh produce and other healthy food items at the Children’s Produce Markets, hosted by local schools.”
While Cabot is proud to have started the program in Susquehanna County, the need is still great. Plenty of families, especially those with children, are without nutrient-rich fresh milk. On average, $1 provides eight servings, or one half-gallon, of nutrient-rich fresh milk. Financial contributions made to Feeding Pennsylvania enable the purchase of milk at a discounted price to distribute to those in need.
To make a contribution to this fantastic program follow this link and select Fill a Glass With Hope under program you’d like to support.