The Amherst Survival Center's Milk Fund seeks to provide fresh local milk to 600 households (incl 400 children) served by our Food Pantry.
Thank you for visiting the Amherst Survival Center's Valley Gives Day page! The Center is a warm, safe space, open to all. We provide food, clothing, medical care, and communit through volunteer efforts to over 4,400 neighbors in Hampshire and Franklin counties.
On this Valley Gives Day, while Congress debates whether or not to reduce funding for SNAP (food stamps), your contribution will be used to support our Emergency Food Pantry and help us to resume distributing fresh milk to our 600 Food Pantry participants (families and individuals, children and adults), which includes 400 children.
We need a Milk Fund because our Food Pantry is stocked with foods that are donated by stores, individuals and community food drives or purchased at a discount from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. We don’t have any fresh milk donors, as the Food Bank provides only Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) shelf-stable boxed milk. Meanwhile, participants in our Food Pantry regularly ask for fresh milk. Milk contains essential nutrients for bone, muscle and heart health including calcium, vitamin D, potassium and magnesium.
We hope to partner with the local dairy cooperative, Our Family Farms, to stock our Pantry with fresh low-fat milk. We're excited that the Amherst Survival Center Milk Fund will support local agriculture and local farmers.
How Can You Help?
Every donation helps! You can donate through this Valley Gives Page. If you'd like to make a donation of less than $10.00, or an amount that does not appear on the column at right, you can do so through our online donation page here: http://amherstsurvival.org/donate/online-donations/
Need to Make Your Donation in Advance? You can schedule it in advance for December 12th!
If you're not going to be near a computer or in the area on December 12th, you can schedule your Valley Gives donation to the Amherst Survival Center in advance! In doing so, your donation will count towards our Valley Gives Day totals. See instructions on how to schedule a donation in advance in the column on your right.
Supporting the Amherst Survival Center
This is a great time of year to support the Center by donating through our online gift catalog. The catalog describes the many programs and services we offer. Gifts to our catalog are extremely important: they provide 25% of our operating budget each year! You can view the online catalog here: http://amherstsurvival.org/gift-catalog-2013-2014/
Thank you for considering supporting the Amherst Survival Center in your Valley Gives Day giving. For more information about our programs, community activities and events, and volunteer opportunities, visit us at: www.amherstsurvival.org or join us for lunch (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at noon-1pm).
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