DAIRY FARMERS SEND TRUCKLOADS OF MILK AND DAIRY FOODS TO FAMILIES IN NEED

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Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (Watertown, NY) to Distribute Free Milk & Dairy Foods on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 10 am – 2 pm

Rising unemployment and school closures are putting added stress on America’s food pantries. As a result, food Banks across the nation are being hit hard by complications of the coronavirus.

Two dairy farmer organizations have joined forces to get truckloads of milk to those in need. American Dairy Association North East, representing over 10,000 dairy farmers, and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., has teamed up with Dean Foods processing plants across the Northeast to help deliver much needed milk and dairy foods to Watertown, NY families.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, 518 Davidson St., Watertown, NY, will distribute free milk, sour cream and cottage cheese to families on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while supplies last. To ensure the safety and health of all involved in the distribution, there will be a drive-through distribution process. Residents are asked to stay in their car until they are prompted to receive their milk.

”Fortunately, dairy farmers have not experienced a disruption in milk production, and there is no shortage of milk,” says Rick Naczi, CEO, American Dairy Association North East. “Milk is an essential item for nutritional wellbeing and meal preparation, especially for households with children. We’re doing everything we can to make sure families have access to milk.”

“As a dairy cooperative owned by family farmers across the country, we are dedicated to helping provide nutritious food for family tables,” said Jennifer Huson, Senior Director Marketing, Council Affairs and Industry Relations for DFA Northeast.  “Knowing that millions of Americans are struggling right now to make ends meet and with food banks being a critical local resource to help feed those families, we knew that we had to figure out a solution.”

About Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative focusing on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 13,000 family farmers, DFA works with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop ingredients that satisfy their customers’ cravings while staying committed to social responsibility and ethical farming. For more information, please visit dfamilk.com.

 About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is a regional marketing organization funded by over 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. ADA North East directs programs to increase sales and access to milk and dairy foods at retail outlets, schools and food banks. ADA North East is the local dairy checkoff promotion organization of Dairy Management Inc.™. For more information, visit americandairy.com.

 

Community Action Planning Council receives donation from Northern New York Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund

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Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors devoted to addressing needs as they arise in our community, we received a grant in the amount of $2,000 from Northern New York Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund. Thanks to this donation our shelves continue to be stocked with nutritious food, including a variety of canned vegetables, pasta, protein and soup. 

The Food Pantry at Community Action Planning Council has been able to provide food packages equivalent to 25,260 meals during March 2020. As the effects of this community challenge unfold, we anticipate continued need for food pantry packages. This contribution will go a long way toward ensuring our community members affected by this crisis are fed.

Visitors to the food pantry are provided with a three-day supply of food (three meals per day) for each member of the household and can return weekly for additional assistance. Food packages contain a variety of food items in keeping with nutrition guidelines from the Food Bank of Central New York. For more information about the food pantry or other Community Action services, please contact 315.782.4900, extension 222.