Sunset Valley and Summit Pointe Elementary schools participated in the Great American Milk Drive, designed to raise awareness about the lack of milk in America’s food banking network. Both schools took part in Fuel Up to Play 60’s Healthy Eating Play known as Nourish Your Community. Partnering with local food pantry, Coldwater of Lee’s Summit, they launched a Pints to Gallons milk drive with the support of Midwest Dairy Council. During the month of September schools and community partners raised funds for their local food pantries. The pantries will use the funds to purchase milk for the Milk2MyPlate Program. Through the program, Coldwater is able to purchase additional fresh dairy items to offer in the pantry.
The two schools raised a total of $1,570 which is equivalent to 604 gallons of milk or 9,664 servings of milk. With the needs of our community growing, Lee’s Summit R-7 Nutrition Services with the help of Midwest Dairy Council will conduct another drive in early spring for any interested Fuel Up to Play 60 schools.
Students working on the project at Sunset Valley Elementary included (back row, from left) Derek Robb, Berkley Hurst, Samantha Brawley, Andrew Nitsche, Seth Estes, (front row, from left) Addison Ditamore, Teagan Eason, Faryn Raney and Amber Mesz.