Dairy Pricing Association Gives Cheese to Food Bank

Dairy Pricing Association Gives Cheese to Food Bank

2,000 pounds of cheddar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin.

Dairy Pricing Association's mission statement is to establish the minimum price the dairy industry receives for its production while at the same time maintain a level of milk production to meet the needs of the consumer. Dairy producers are the owners of Dairy Pricing Association who pay a 10-cent per hundredweight (cwt.) monthly assessment. This assessment is used to purchase surplus dairy commodities which are donated to Second Harvest/Feeding America.

GENEROUS DONATION: Dairy Pricing Association donated one ton of cheddar cheddar cheese to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin recently. From left are: Gary Ramthun, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin; Robin Berg, chairman of Dairy Pricing Association; Jim Scheuerman, food resource manager, Second Harvest Food Bank; and Tom Olson, vice president of Dairy Pricing Association. Photo by Harlen Persinger

Dairy Pricing Association members' milk was processed into cheddar cheese and purchased at Meister Dairy of Muscoda.  On Jan. 26, Dairy Pricing Association donated 2,000 pounds of cheddar cheese to Second Harvest Food Bank of  Southern Wisconsin. This is DPA member's third donation since August 2011 to the Feeding America network.

The donation to Second Harvest is 50, 40-pound blocks of cheddar cheese. Once received, volunteers split the blocks of cheese into two-pound, family size portions that were distributed through a network of partner agencies to hundreds of individuals, families, children and seniors who struggle with hunger.

"Dairy products are a critical component to achieving our goal of providing high-quality, nutritionally balanced food to those struggling with hunger. We are thankful to the Dairy Pricing Association for their continued commitment to ending hunger," said Dan Stein, president and CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin.

Dairy Pricing Association's current members would be able to utilize 100,000-150,000 pounds of milk in 2012. These numbers will increase as the membership grows. The current 28 members involve 12 handlers from six different states. This nationwide program is strictly voluntary and has no time limits or contracts.

Robin Berg, chairman of Dairy Pricing Association Inc. said, "This program is not being funded by any processor or marketer. We welcome all dairy producers, no matter what size, or what grade of milk you produce."

To learn more about Dairy Pricing Association go to www.dairy pricing.org or call 715-284-2590.

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