Fraser Valley dairy farmers provide huge donation to local food banks
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral Food Banks BC Mainland Milk Producers Association Tiny Bundles Program
A $100,000 milk donation to local food banks to provide fresh milk for up to a year for needy families.
ABBOTSFORD, BC—The Mainland Milk Producers Association have announced that beginning in late September, 2015, Fraser Valley dairy farmers will donate $100,000 worth of fresh, locally-produced milk to food banks in Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey, B.C.
The MMPA are donating $100,000, which will provide fresh milk for up to a year. The funding will support up to 485 families and Surrey’s Tiny Bundles Program.
Families will receive jugs of fresh 2% milk and Surrey’s Tiny Bundles Program will receive one liter jugs of homogenized and 1% milk for toddlers and expectant mothers.
The one-year commitment will facilitate long-term planning and scheduling for the food banks to ensure that the milk goes out to families that need it the most.
The donation has been organized by the Mainland Milk Producers Association; a regional dairy association of about 350 dairy farmers who farm between Chilliwack and Delta, B.C.
Mainland Milk Producers Association president Holger Schwichtenberg says: “We looked at several different charitable organizations. The idea of donating actual milk to Fraser Valley food banks resonated with our members; after all, milk is what dairy farming is all about. As we’re closely tied to the communities that drink our milk, we’re honored to be able to provide milk to local families in need.”
Food Banks BC executive director Laura Lansink is also excited about the donation: “Fresh milk is so appreciated by the children and families that need assistance from their local food bank. When you consider that one of every three food bank users is a child, you can see why this donation of fresh milk will make such a big impact.”
Mainland Milk Producers Association is a non-political association that represents the collective voice of dairy farmers in the Fraser Valley, a region that accounts for almost 70 percent of the milk produced in British Columbia. Its members include some of the smallest and largest farms in the province.