Michigan's dairy farmers again stepped up to the plate to help neighbors in need. After devastating floods destroyed homes and businesses in mid-Michigan last month, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM), United Way and checkoff partner Domino's Pizza distributed pizza to shelters serving Midland, Gladwin and Saginaw counties. Pizza was also delivered to frontline construction and flood protection workers in the tri-county area.
"Michigan dairy farmers understand the importance of community and a good meal that includes nutritious dairy foods," says Sharon Toth, UDIM CEO. "We were honored to be a part of this donation, providing a hot meal to those affected by the floods and the neighborhood organizations that protect our local infrastructure."
In May, days of heavy rain and failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams sent more water rushing down the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers than their banks could handle. The floodwaters destroyed homes and businesses in mid-Michigan, displacing at least 10,000 people. Families have been displaced for weeks, and it will still be some time before those affected by the floodwaters will be able to return home.
"We are proud to partner with Michigan dairy farmers to provide nutritious food for people affected by the floods. Nothing like a hot cheesy pizza to make people feel just a little happiness when they have lost their home and are still trying to social distance," says Chris Scholemann, Domino's Pizza franchisee in Midland, Michigan. "Together with United Way, helped by a grant from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, we provided food when the need was the greatest."
To learn more about the dairy checkoff, visit milkmeansmore.org.
About the United Dairy Industry of Michigan
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is dedicated to serving Michigan's hard-working dairy farm families and promoting Michigan's locally produced dairy products. UDIM is the umbrella organization for the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of Michigan. These non-profit organizations provide dairy product promotion and nutrition education services on behalf of their funding members.