• Annual drive ensures 25,014 families get basic milk supply through year-end
• Caixa says 350,000 children in Spain regularly go without basic foodstuffs
The third annual national milk collection drive organized by Obra Social La Caixa, the philanthropic foundation of Caixa Bank, netted 1.2 million litres of milk in in-kind and cash donations from the Spanish public this summer that will be distributed through year-end to more than 25,000 families in need across the country.
Part of the Spanish bank’s campaign to raise awareness about child malnutrition in Spain, the annual Gran Recolecta (Great Collection) of milk was launched three years ago to draw attention to the fact that more than 350,000 children in Spain do not have access to basic foodstuffs, milk included, on a regular basis. The bank’s charitable foundation said this year’s drive, using the campaign slogan “No Child Without a Moustache” (Ningún niño sin bigote), ensures that through the end of the year 25,014 families at risk of exclusion will be ensured the minimum recommended consumption of a litre of milk per family member each week through the end of 2017.
Actual milk donations and cash contributions were received from citizens and organizations nationwide at more than 5,000 collection points across Spain this summer. The milk will be distributed through local foodbanks affiliated with FESBAL, the Spanish Federation of Foodbanks.