12-30-16 WDA Dairy Farm Families Donate Nearly 10,000 Gallons of Milk…

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WDA Dairy Farm Families Donate Nearly 10,000 Gallons of Milk

Throughout the last weeks of 2016, the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming donated nearly 10,000 gallons of milk to food banks across the three states. The food banks included the Montana Food Bank Network, Food Bank of the Rockies/Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Weld Food Bank, Food Bank of Larimer County and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

Dairy farm families care about their communities and wanted to ensure that their friends and neighbors who don’t normally have access to fresh, nutritious milk had the opportunity to take it home to help feed their families for the holidays.

Approximately 1 in 7 people in Colorado and Montana and 1 in 8 people in Wyoming struggle with hunger. Although milk is one of the most requested items at food banks, it’s one of the least donated – that’s because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, most can’t donate milk because of its perishability.

Western Dairy Association worked with Meadow Gold in Greeley and Weld Food Bank to arrange for a 7,200 gallon donation to be distributed across the food banks Colorado and Wyoming, and worked with Meadow Gold in Montana to arrange a 2,000 gallon donation to the Montana Food Bank Network.

“Dairy farmers are grateful for the opportunity to help the food bank and their outstanding volunteers,” said Jaclyn Alkhatib, Director of Nutrition, Health and Wellness at Western Dairy. “We know milk is such an efficient and cost-effective way to get protein and hope this donation will help families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming stretch their budgets a little further this time of year.”

Western Dairy and the dairy farm families of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming hope that this donation will spur many more donations of milk to the food banks throughout our region, not only for the holiday season, but through the upcoming year. The best way for individuals to help donate milk to the food bank is through the Great American Milk Drive or by donating cash to their local food bank or pantry for the purchase of fresh milk.

“This generous milk donation will have a great impact for people in need throughout our Montana communities that the Montana Food Bank Network serves,” said Bill Matthews, Chief Development Officer at Montana Food Bank Network. “We are very grateful to the Western Dairy Association, Meadow Gold and the dairy farmers!”

The food banks in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming help hundreds of thousands of families each year. To find the food bank that serves in your area, visit www.feedingamerica.com

Submitted to The BARN by:

Katie Evenden
Manager, Publishing Platform for WDA