Two Truckloads of Milk Supply More than 10,000 Pounds of Cheese
for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April, 2017) – Through its DFA Cares Foundation, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, is making good use of Northeast-area milk by providing two truckloads of milk, which were processed into 10,000 pounds of cheese, for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The food bank is part of the national Feeding America network.
The donation, which was processed at Amish cheesemaker Oak Shade Cheese in Kirkwood, Pennsylvania, was picked up by representatives of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Monday, March 27. The cheese will be available to agencies which provide food to more than 65,000 adults and children served by the food bank in the central Pennsylvania area.
“As a dairy farmer, I am thrilled to see milk in the Northeast help benefit people and families who need it most,” said Bill Beeman from Kingsley, Pennsylvania and a member of Dairy Farmers of America’s Northeast Council.
Beeman said, “As a cooperative, we are committed to serving those communities where we live and work, so this is a great example of how we give back.”
One in eight central Pennsylvanians, including one in five children, struggles with hunger and rely on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its partner agencies for food assistance each year. Through 900 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides nearly 650,000 nutritious meals to people in need every week.
“Dairy products, like cheese, are rarely donated, due to the perishability,” said Joe Arthur, executive director at Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “With this donation, we can help provide our clients and families with not only a food that they love eating, but also one that provides nutritional benefits like calcium, protein and other important nutrients.”
The cheese processing was funded through the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS), an innovative program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. PASS puts healthy and nutritious food grown by Pennsylvania farmers into the charitable food system, providing a safe, efficient method for farmers, packers and processors to be reimbursed for costs involved in harvesting, processing or packaging donated product. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank administers the funds and works with member organizations of the state anti-hunger associations Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger Free Pennsylvania to distribute healthy, nutritious food to Pennsylvanians in need. PASS serves all 67 counties via 3,000 individual charitable organizations in the Commonwealth.
DFA, Oak Shade Cheese, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank were brought together through the coordination of the American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East).
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank donation was made possible through the DFA Cares Foundation, which was established in 2005 as a nonprofit charitable organization. Through the DFA Cares Foundation, DFA provides disaster relief via product and monetary donations, invests in the future of the industry with scholarships to students pursuing careers in dairy, and contributes dairy and food products for those in need.
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 14,000 members on nearly 8,000 farms in 48 states. DFA also is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. For more information, call 1-888-DFA-MILK (332-6455) or visit www.dfamilk.com.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 900 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides nearly 650,000 nutritious meals to people in need every week. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 717.564.1700.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the local management organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Directed by local dairy farmers and representing more than 12,000 dairy farm families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey 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.dairyspot.com or (315) 472-9143.
Two truckloads of milk have been donated by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to supply more than 10,000 pounds of cheese for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Left to right: DFA dairy farmer members Bill Beeman, Kingsley, Pa., Lee Ramsburg, Gettysburg, Pa., and Lolly Lesher, Bernville, Pa.
Ten thousand pounds of cheese have been provided to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank through a partnership between the food bank, Dairy Farmers of America, Oak Shade Cheese and American Dairy Association North East. Left to right: Dairy farmer Bill Beeman, Kingsley, Pa.; John Rutherford, Dairy Farmers of America; dairy farmer Lee Ramsburg, Gettysburg, Pa.; dairy farmer Lolly Lesher, Bernville, Pa.; Joe Arthur, Central Pa. Food Bank; John Chrisman, ADA North East; and Erin Smith, Central Pa. Food Bank.