DFA Donates 20,000 pounds of cheese to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Through its DFA Cares Foundation, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative owned by family farmers, is providing 20,000 pounds of cheese to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pa. The food bank is part of the national Feeding America network and a member of Feeding Pennsylvania, a statewide association that promotes charitable food distribution, including dairy products.
The 20,000 pound donation, which is equivalent to 40,000 8-ounce packages, was made from milk produced in Pennsylvania and processed in to cheese in Lancaster County, Pa. The cheese will be available to more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs that provide food to more than 150,000 people throughout central Pennsylvania each month, including Dauphin, York, Lancaster, Lycoming, Blair and Centre counties. The donation also will be shared with partner agencies served by other food banks in the Feeding Pennsylvania network, including the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, the Chester County Food Bank and Philabundance in the Philadelphia region.
“As a part of this community, I am proud my cooperative is giving back and providing food for people in this area who are in need,” said Darrell Ranck, a dairy farmer from Ronks, Pa., and a Mount Joy Cooperative member, which is a DFA member cooperative and markets its milk through DFA.
Serving 27 counties, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides food to more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that directly serve people struggling with hunger. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 48 million pounds of food and grocery products, which is equivalent to 40 million meals every year.
“Hunger is a serious issue in our area, and we appreciate the support from the DFA Cares Foundation,” said Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur. “Throughout central Pennsylvania, we serve many children and families, so this donation of cheese not only provides our clients with a delicious food that they enjoy eating, but it also packs solid nutritional benefits too.”
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 by providing scholarships to students pursuing careers in dairy, and contributes dairy and food products for those in need.
Additionally, the DFA Cares Foundation donated more than 24,000 pounds of cheese to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in late 2017, which also helped feed people throughout central Pennsylvania.