Dairy Month sheds light on food insecurity in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- 1 in 5 Wisconsin children comes from a food insecure home.
"Food insecurity can be really detrimental to anyone's health, especially kids." said Registered Dietitian Camila Martin with Public Health Madison Dane County.
According to the USDA, food security means having access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for everyone in a household.
"Food insecurity is the opposite of that," said Martin. "Food insecurity happens when a family is worried about where their next meal is going to come from."
And with 20 percent of Wisconsin kids not having a stable source of nutrition, a lack of dairy in diets can take a toll with issues like calcium deficiency.
"We reach our peak bone mineral density in our late 20s. So making sure we have set ourselves up for success going into that age, is really important" said Martin.
"Hunger is something that really shouldn't be an issue and there's no reason with all of the food that is produced here, not just in our state, but in our county that everyone shouldn't have access to it." said Sassy Cow Creamery co-owner James Baerwolf.
The milk from some of these sassy cows will be purchased and donated to families in need through Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.
"When a family is food insecure, they're forced to make choices based on economics and not necessarily what's healthy."
With your help this month, food insecure kids in our state can get the nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong. If you'd like to "adopt a cow" to help families this Dairy Month, head to www.givedairy.com
Badgerland Financial will match the first 100 one-day level adoptions.