MilkOne of the most commonly requested item at food banks — milk — historically has not been available because it is perishable.

But thanks to the national Great American Milk Drive, more Am­­ericans relying on their local food banks can stock their fridge with a gallon of milk.

Last year, U.S. milk companies and dairy farmers, in partnership with Feeding America, launched The Great American Milk Drive. By donating as little as $5 on the Milk Life website (, Iowans can provide milk to local food pantries.