Midwest Dairy Aids Food Sharing Programs
Midwest Dairy is providing refrigeration units to food pantries and soft-sided milk crate cooler bags to schools to aid milk distribution.
Midwest Dairy covers all or parts of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
To date, MD has funded and placed more than 1,500 soft-sided milk crate coolers and 100 barrel coolers for school nutrition departments for curbside and school bus delivered milk.
It is also working with Feeding America, and has provided 20 commercial refrigerators to food pantries in rural communities across its service region. It is also modifying its Undeniably Dairy Grant program to meet additional refrigeration needs for dairy at food pantries across the region.
The dairy checkoff program’s NutriStudents K-12 Partnership has also developed emergency school menus as an online resource to provide both hot and cold menu options that comply with USDA guidelines. This ensures schools will be eligible for federal reimbursement as they shift meal distribution. All these meals include milk servings and many feature dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. As of April 6, nearly 7,000 school nutrition directors from across the country have visited the website.
The national GENYOUth program is also offering emergency grants to help deliver meals to students. In partnership with the National Football League, the program provides up to $3,000 per school to purchase resources need for meal distribution and delivery.