Fill a Glass with Hope™ is a partnership formed among Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Mid-Atlantic Dairy (now American Dairy Association North East), the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, agriculture partners, and business leaders that provides fresh milk to Pennsylvania families in need through Feeding Pennsylvania’s network of food banks.
First piloted by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Fill a Glass with Hope™ launched statewide at the 100th PA Farm Show on January 8th, 2016. Thanks to our generous sponsors, our 2016 efforts begin with $150,000—enough to provide 1 million glasses of milk, or half of our 2016 goal of two million glasses of milk to families in need. There we announced the ambitious goal of distributing 2 million servings of milk in 2016. At the 2017 Farm Show, we proudly announced the grand total for the year, 2.3 million servings! This adds up to over 3.3 million servings of milk since the program’s inception in 2015, with over $640,000 raised in that time.
Throughout 2016, each of our member food banks became licensed as a charitable milk sub-dealer by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing board, allowing them to purchase milk from dairies at a reduced price. That reduced price is further subsidized by donations and sponsorships and passed on to local agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries. 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. Operational costs vary across the Feeding Pennsylvania network.
PA Blue Ribbon Champion: $5,000
Food Bank Dairy Champion: $2,500
AgChoice Farm Credit
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Cabot Oil and Gas
Chuck’s Auction Service
Dairy Star: $1,000
Fulton Financial Corporation
Circolo Nazionale Lodge No. 122
Clarion County Rod and Gun Club
Modjeski and Masters
Dairy Partner: $500
Monk Heating and Air Conditioning
Knights of Saint John Building Association
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Proshort Stamping Services
WM T. Spaeder Co., Inc.