DALLAS - Got Milk? The North Texas Food Bank does! Hundreds of thousands of milk cartons have "spilled" into their warehouses over the past week. Dallas-based dairy leader Dean Foods donated 3 months worth of shelf-stable milk to help aid in the NTFB's "Food 4 Kids" Program.
The "Food 4 Kids" Program sends backpacks of nutritious food home with approximately 11,000 hungry school-age children each weekend. Out of the numerous food items that volunteers put in each backpack, milk is one of the most important ones according to organizers - a staple food item for a growing child's diet.
However, milk is one of the least donated food items at the North Texas Food Bank. This is usually due to its cost and perishability. That is why Dean Foods along with leading packaging solutions company Tetra Pak produced special, single-serve cartons of shelf-stable milk to donate to the NTFB. This donation to the "Food 4 Kids" program will save the NTFB $92,500.
Now the North Texas Food Bank has milk that can be stored in the warehouses until needed. Dean Foods and Tetra Pak volunteers will pack backpacks for "Food 4 Kids" on Wednesday as North Texas children head back to school Monday.