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August 2, 2018

DFA and Detroit Red Wings Player Donate $26,000 to Michigan Food Banks

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Michigan members of Dairy Farmers of America, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM), SpartanNash and Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader have collectively donated $26,000 worth of milk to the Food Bank Council of Michigan. The donation represents more than 163,000 servings of milk.


Abdelkader, a Muskegon, Mich. native says, “As an athlete, I know how important nutrition is to my daily performance, so it’s difficult to imagine how a kid can grow and learn without knowing if they will have nutritious food to help them be their best. That is why I wanted to partner with the UDIM on this important initiative.”


“Milk is a highly requested item at our food banks, but it’s not often donated due to it perishability,” says Phillip Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council. “We’re especially grateful for this milk right now during the summer months because so many of our Michigan-area children and families might be missing out on the their daily access to milk with school not in session.”


The money was raised through Michigan-area DFA dairy farm family and employee monetary donations to the DFA Cares Foundation, which made a dollar-for-dollar match for every contribution, for a total donation of $11,042. UDIM, along with Justin Abdelkader, matched the DFA Cares donations made in the state of Michigan, up to $10,000. SpartanNash, which will supply the milk to the food banks, also contributed $5,000 to help support the Food Bank Council of Michigan.


“It’s important to help others out, and I’m incredibly proud to help support this effort, which will benefit individuals and families who are facing tough times throughout Michigan,” says Dan VanDyke, a farmer from Coopersville, Mich., and a member of DFA’s Mideast Area Council.





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