There’s an emphasis on getting milk into the homes of people who patronize food banks. They don’t want you to bring milk or other perishables into the food bank – the Great American Milk Drive, being promoted in the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fair this year, is an online or text donation.

“About 37 million Americans go to the Feeding America food banks,” says Marla Behrends, superintendent of the Dairy Building.  “They get one gallon.  And I’m not saying one gallon of milk a week or a month, but, typically, the milk that goes through there, it’s one gallon a year.”


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Behrends, who works for the Midwest Dairy Association, says a donation goes to the food bank nearest your zip code.

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