Summer is officially here and that means my boys beg to play in the water all day, every day. Unfortunately, we don’t live very close to the ocean but when we head out to San Diego, a day at the beach is a must. Regardless of the temperature the boys love wading and jumping in the waves all day long.
While we don’t have an ocean nearby, Arizona does have plenty of pools. We don’t have our own pool but lots of friends and family do, so there is no shortage of fun swimming opportunities for us. The boys jump at the chance to swim whenever they can. Beyond private pools, the YMCA and other local places offer swimming opportunities, so just about every kiddo around here has access to a pool. I know a lot of local kids swim their summers away in Arizona.
I don’t take the boys swimming every day but that doesn’t stop them from finding ways to get wet All.The.Time. 🙂 They spend many afternoons battling with water guns, buckets, and hoses out on the back patio. The fun isn’t over until they come in completely soak, exhausted and hungry!
Keeping them fueled up for all the summer fun is important. Milk is one of our go-to options for a natural source of high-quality protein. It’s nutritious and helps keep them full while they play the summer away. Unfortunately, while many kids flock to water fun in the summer, more than 22 million kids may miss out on milk’s nutrition. Nutrition that they need to fuel all the playing, learning and growing they do.
Some school districts try to provide meals (and milk) in the summer through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, not all kids have the necessary transportation. And some programs like National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program do not reach any children the during the summer. 🙁
This makes food banks even more critical for families during the summer. Over 46 million Americans (including 12 million kids) get support from Feeding America network food banks each year and unfortunately fresh milk is the most requested but least donated item. I learned about the milk shortage when I spent time at my local food bank last year. Their fresh food (dairy,meat and produce) selection varied greatly each day because it depends mostly on grocery and restaurant donations.
The good news is you CAN make a difference through the Great American Milk Drive! Help feed a childhood in your community this summer with just a $5 donation. The Great American Milk Drive is a collaborative effort between Feeding American, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies. Head over to MilkLife.com/give and support the Great American Milk Drive and your local community. To date, the program has already provided more than 12 million servings of milk to families in need across the country!
How do you support your local food banks?
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