As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact schools and jobs, placing greater need on food banks, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), along with The American Dairy Association North East are teaming up to help Oneida County families in need.
On Wednesday, April 29, the two companies have organized a milk donation of nearly 4,000 gallons to 16 school districts in Oneida County. Those donations will be delivered to families in the school community.
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 and American Dairy Association North East, representing over 10,000 dairy farmers, to deliver 3,888 gallons of milk to Oneida County.
“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.”
“Milk is an essential item for nutritional wellbeing and meal preparation, especially for households with children,” says Rick Naczi, CEO, American Dairy Association North East. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure families have access to milk.”
The 16 school districts to receive free milk are: Utica, Remsen, Clinton, Whitesboro, Sauquoit, Oriskany, Waterville, Westmoreland, New Hartford, New York Mills, Holland Patent, Rome, Camden, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Adirondack and Brookfield.