April 14 2020 01:52 PM

    Dairy Checkoff Partners with DFA to Distribute Milk Through Local Food Banks

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    American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is helping Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) distribute its milk donations to thousands of families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Helping coordinate milk distribution like this benefits families, food banks, farmers and milk processors alike,” said ADA North East CEO Rick Naczi. “Checkoff is working on creative and effective ways to ease the burden everyone is feeling during these unprecedented times. Collaborating with other organizations like DFA to get milk into the hands of those who need and want it is the best-case scenario.”

    Louie Diamond helped coordinate the DFA milk delivery to the Fayette Food Bank

    On Friday, April 10, Philadelphia families received 4,800 gallons of whole and 2% milk through its Share Food Program that distributes food through the city’s network of food banks. In addition, 4,300 gallons were made available to families in Corinth, New York, through ADA North East’s work with the Corinth School District and the Saratoga County Health Department.

    On Monday, April 13, food rescue facilities City Harvest in Queens, N.Y., and Rolling Harvest in Highstown, N.J., each received 4,860 gallons of milk to distribute to local families. The Fayette Food Bank in Republic, Pennsylvania, also received 4,860 gallons on Tuesday, April 14.

    ADA North East will continue to facilitate additional donations from DFA throughout the states in our region during the quarantine.

    For more information about ADA North East, call 315.472.9143.

    About American Dairy Association North East

    American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com, or call 315.472.9143.