Venango dairy princess raises more than $1,000 in ‘milked’ campaign

From staff reports

Back in June, Venango County Dairy Princess Kaylee Knapp asked the community for its help with her “You’ve Been Milked” campaign, which raises money for Fill A Glass with Hope.

Knapp, who is a senior at Rocky Grove High School, said she was inspired by the “You’ve Been Flocked,” movement in which plastic flamingos are put in someone’s yard and the property owner has to pay a small fee to have them removed.

Knapp followed that pattern and placed signs that said “You’ve Been Milked” and “Fill A Glass with Hope” in yards.

To get the signs removed, the homeowners were asked to pay $10, which went to Fill A Glass with Hope.

Knapp raised more than $1,000 for the campaign, and her goal is to present the money to food banks between now and Christmas.

Fill A Glass with Hope provides a much-sought-after product at food banks — milk.

Knapp said milk isn’t usually available on a regular basis at food banks because it isn’t a non-perishable item and there’s a lack of refrigeration space available where food items are generally stored before being distributed.

Knapp has made a connection with a few area food banks and churches that provide meals and food to members in the community that are in need.

She presented a $250 donation Monday evening to the Good Hope/Zion Lutheran Ministry of Oil City, which provides regular community meals offered free of charge. The next dinner is being offered on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Zion church.

Knapp was crowned dairy princess in May, and she is sharing her message about the health benefits of dairy products and the importance of dairy farms.

Her focus centers around the importance of having three servings of dairy each day.

She became involved in the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess and Promotional Program nearly a decade ago, and she said her passion for dairy stems from her parents meeting on a dairy farm.

The family interest spread when her brother started working on a dairy farm when Knapp was 8.

Anyone who is interested in donating to Fill A Glass with Hope can contact Knapp by email at


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