Monday, June 8, 2009

Join us for a good cause

The Vermont Foodbank, Agency of Agriculture, Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot along with Vermont Hannaford, Price Chopper and Shaw’s, have teamed up to coordinate a Dairy Food Drive this summer. The purpose of this drive is to help Vermont families in need get nutritious dairy products during the challenging summer months when children are not in school and to help Vermont’s struggling dairy farmers by moving more dairy products from the market and educating consumers about the importance of dairy in our diets.

There are two ways to help!

During the months of June, July and August, dairy drives will be held at various locations throughout the state. Just show up and purchase an extra gallon of milk, cheese (some fresh goat cheese, creme fraiche or nutty cultured butter from VBCC), yogurt or any dairy product that will be collected in refrigerated trucks on site and distributed by the Foodbank to locations where needy families have access to the products.

Visit one of the following locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the days listed to donate dairy to the Vermont Foodbank:

Saturday, June 13th- Milton Hannaford- St Albans Hannaford and Price ChopperSaturday,

July 11th - South Burlington, Shelburne Rd Price Chopper- Williston Hannaford- Colchester Shaws

Saturday, August 8th- Brattleboro Hannaford and Price Chopper

You can also donate today online at the
&Virtual Dairy Food Drive. It’s quick and easy and will get nutritious dairy products to those who need them most.

Did you know?
Vermont Foodbank Facts
In the last 10 months, Vermont Foodbank network partners across the state are reporting a 35-40% increase in Vermonters seeking food assistance. Dairy products are highly sought after, yet rarely donated, making up less than 1% of the Foodbank's distribution.

Vermont Dairy Facts
It costs Vermont farmers about $1.25 to produce a gallon of milk today, yet they are paid only $1.10 per gallon--including federal subsidy payments. This is about the same price they earned in 1978. In 2007, there were 1,118 dairy farms in Vermont. As of May 1, 2009, that number had dropped to 1,057.

TODAY you can help Vermont Dairy Farmers and Vermonters in need of food assistance by participating in the Dairy Food Drive.

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