Several dairy organizations stepped up to donate money and products to assist earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
• Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), through its DFA Cares Foundation, donated more than 4,500 cases of Sport Shake, in addition to a monetary donation. Sport Shake is a shelf-stable, dairy-based protein drink, was donated through through Convoy of Hope, a charitable organization based in Springfield, Mo., that has infrastructure in place to ensure that supplies are delivered quickly.
Individuals wishing to make a tax-deductible monetary contribution to support Haitian relief efforts may send a check made payable to DFA Cares Foundation (including a notation indicating “Haitian Relief Donation”) to: DFA Cares Foundation, c/o Ron Hilmes, 10220 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153.
The DFA Cares Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization established by DFA to provide disaster relief and assistance to the dairy community and the community at large. The Foundation also oversees DFA’s scholarship program.
• DCI Cheese Co., Richfield, Wis., donated $45,000 to the American Red Cross. This donation represents a $100 contribution made on behalf of each of the company’s 450 associates. DCI Cheese is the largest importer and marketer of specialty cheeses and other restaurant-quality prepared foods in the United States.
• In conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross. Cooperatives contributing to CWT include the following organizations:
Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association
California Dairies Inc.
Conesus Milk Producers Cooperative
Continental Dairy Products, Inc.
Cooperative Milk Producers Association, Inc.
Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative
Dairy Farmers of America
Dairylea Cooperative Inc.
Empire Keystone Cooperative
Farmers Cooperative Creamery
Foremost Farms USA
Jefferson Bulk Milk Cooperative
Just Jersey Cooperative, Inc.
Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Lone Star Milk Producers
Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative Inc.
Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Massachusetts Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Inc.
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association
National Farmers Organization
Northwest Dairy Association
Oneida-Madison Milk Producers Cooperative
St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.
Schoharie County Cooperative Dairies
Select Milk Producers, Inc.
Snake River Dairyman Association Inc.
South New Berlin Milk Cooperative, Inc.
United Dairy Cooperative Services, Inc.
United Dairymen of Arizona
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Western Tier Milk Producers Cooperative
Zia Milk Producers