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April 28, 2020

Midwest Dairy Donates $500,000 to Food Banks

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Midwest Dairy, the regional dairy checkoff program for 10 midwestern states, announced this morning it is donating $500,000 to food banks within its region to purchase dairy products for people in need.

“As a farmer and Midwest Dairy leader, I am proud of our work to make this donation possible to provide dairy products to people who otherwise may not have access to these nutrients during this challenging time,” says Allen Merrill, Midwest Dairy corporate board chairman and a dairy farmers from Parker, S.D.,

Normally, dairy checkoff funds cannot be used to purchase dairy products. But the United States Department of Agriculture has granted a one-time exception at the request of Midwest Dairy to help meet food needs.

Midwest Dairy is partnering with processors to determine what products they have available and if they are interested in participating. This list, in turn, will be provided to food banks that have both the need and capacity to inventory and distribute dairy products.

“During this extraordinarily challenging time, food banks throughout the Midwest, including the eight Feed America food banks and their local networks of community agencies that serve Illinois, are working relentlessly to ensure that nobody in local communities go hungry,” says Steve Ericson, executive director of Feeding Illinois. “This donation [by Midwest Dairy] will make an immediate impact.”

Midwest Dairy encompasses Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.