What is Fill a Glass with Hope®?
Fill a Glass with Hope® is a partnership formed among Feeding Pennsylvania and our member food banks, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and American Dairy Association North East that raises funds to enable our member food banks to purchase fresh milk directly from their local dairies in order to distribute it to families in need.
First piloted by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in 2015, Fill a Glass with Hope® launched statewide at the 100th PA Farm Show on January 8th, 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. On average, $1 provides eight servings*, or one half-gallon, of nutrient-rich fresh milk. Thanks to our generous supporters, the program has distributed more than 14 million servings of fresh milk since inception through the charitable food network of pantries, soup kitchen, shelters, and feeding programs.
*Financial contributions made to Feeding Pennsylvania enable the purchase of milk at a discounted price to distribute to those in need as well as cover operation costs associated with distributing fresh milk. Operational costs vary across the Feeding Pennsylvania network.