PA Dairymen's Association and PennAg Industries Assocation "Farm Show in June" Dairy Month Celebration a Huge Success to Benefit Central PA Food Bank's "Fill a Glass with Hope" Fresh Milk Program
Pennsylvanians enjoyed legendary Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association Farm Show milkshakes today while donating to a great cause, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's "Fill a Glass with Hope Campaign" to provide fresh milk to the hungry. More than $150,000 was announced from the six-month fundraising campaign during a special "Dairy Month Reveal Event" held at the State Capitol. PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, PennAg Industries Association, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and donors in celebrating this milestone for one of the first-of-its-kind Fresh Milk Programs in the country.
Dave Smith, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Executive Director said, "As a dairy farmer, I am thrilled to see us surpass our $100,000 goal to get milk into the hands of children and families who need it the most and can't afford it." He went onto say, "when we launched this campaign, we knew we could count on Farm Show attendees, corporate leaders, agricultural organizations and the public to join our public-private partnership."
Adding to that excitement, Joe Arthur, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director said, "because of the generosity from corporate leaders and Pennsylvanians, the Food Bank will be able to grow its Fresh Milk distribution program to reach additional individuals in need of dairy products. With 1 in 5 children going to bed hungry every night, it's our responsibility to leverage resources to feed them."
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank now distributes more than 5,000 quarts of fresh milk weekly to clients noted Arthur who reminded everyone that this additional money will allow the program to be sustained and grow. Pennsylvania had the most growth in dairy farms in the country last year and in 2014 Pennsylvania dairy farms produced more than 10.6 billion pounds of milk.
PA Department of Agriculture Sec. Russell Redding joined the Dairy Month celebration and applauded the public for their role in providing vital dairy supplies to those in need, “The dairy industry is the largest portion of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Because of its large economic impact and the benefits it brings to Pennsylvanians, it is important to recognize and celebrate its accomplishments,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “One such accomplishment is reflected in the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign. This campaign speaks to the true power of partnerships. I am honored to be a part of today’s event and believe that when we work together, we can do great things and help those in need.”
Throughout the day, PennAg Industries and the PA Dairymen's Association provided free milkshakes to visitors and encouraged donations to the "Fill a Glass with Hope" Campaign launched during the January 2015 Farm Show. A Press Conference was held to reveal the amount of money raised to date for those in need of fresh milk. The band "Man On The Moon" performed for attendees.
Donations can still be made online at www.centralpafoodbank.org/milk or checks can be mailed to the Food Bank with milk program written in the memo line. Major Sponsors of the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign include: PA Dairymen’s Association, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, PennAg Industries Association, Dominion Foundation, GIANT Food Stores, Sunoco, Weis Markets, The Hershey Company, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Valley Grange #1360, AgChoice Farm Credit, Lift, Inc., Modjeski and Masters, Morgan Stanley, Homeland Center/Homeland Hospice and Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association.