Camping can be exhausting. Hiking, swimming, boating, biking, playing–we fill our days with activities and adventures so that when our heads hit our pillows at bedtime, we sleep well.
To make the most of each day, we make sure we’re fueling the girls (and ourselves) properly with a filling breakfast that keeps our energy up all day long. Whether we’re at home getting ready to spend the day running around a local park or at a campsite enjoying the sunrise from a picnic table, we always serve a nutritious and filling breakfast with milk, a good source of natural protein.
Nothing ruins a day faster than cranky, hungry kids so breakfast and a cold cup of milk is a must for the Graham family. For our kids and so many like them, summer means playing in the sun, sprinklers in the backyard, and bike races with friends, but as a teacher who educates many kids who don’t always have access to healthy food choices and milk, summer can also be a time of hunger. With school not in session, many families that rely on free or reduced breakfasts and lunches struggle to fill bellies and provide proper nutrition.
But thanks to The Great American Milk Drive, a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies, we can help ensure families get access to gallons of milk to fuel their summer fun and their growing bodies. More than 22 million children may miss out on milk’s nutrition this summer when they lose access to meal programs at school–and that doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of a healthy, filling breakfast on kids and their attitudes and abilities.
All kids deserve energy to run themselves ragged during the summer, to play, to get dirty, to stay up too late, to be kids.
Let’s make sure all kids, no matter what their family’s income, have the fuel and energy to engage in a fun, active, exhausting-in-the-best-possible-way summer.
You can help feed a child in your community this summer with a small donation at milklife.com/give. Donate as little as $5 and help deliver a highly desired and nutrient-rich gallon of fresh milk to children who need it most.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.