Dairy Producers Helping Victims of Sandy

11/24/2012 7:00 AM

The Dairy Pricing Association has begun delivering milk purchased from Dairy Maid Dairy Inc. of Frederick, Md., to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Blessings of Hope, a charitable food distribution network based in Ephrata, Pa., started taking the milk to storm victims on Nov. 13 and will continue delivering 1,000 gallons a week for six weeks to Lakewood, N.J., Staten Island, N.Y., and Queens, N.Y., some of the areas hit hardest by the storm.

The effort started when Tom Olson, vice president of the Dairy Pricing Association and a dairy producer in Black River Falls, Wis., received a phone call from Elmer King a dairy producer from Ronks, Pa., suggesting the donation.

After conferring with Robin Berg, the organization’s president and a dairy producer in Darlington, Wis., along with other association members, the men ordered the milk and organized the transportation.

The association was formed to bolster milk prices by assessing 10 cents per hundredweight of milk produced by its members to buy dairy products to donate to people who might not otherwise be able to afford the products.

So far this year, the group has donated 7,558 pounds of cheese and 9,500 gallons of whole milk, the equivalent to about three large truckloads of milk, to people in need.

To learn more about the Dairy Pricing Association, visit www.dairypricing.org or call 715-284-2590. To learn more about Blessings of Hope, visit www.blessingsofhope.com.

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