In response to the recent earthquake in Haiti, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), through its DFA Cares Foundation, has donated more than 4,500 cases of Sport Shake to the relief efforts. In addition, the DFA Cares Foundation will make a monetary contribution to further support relief and recovery efforts.
Sport Shake, which is a shelf-stable, dairy-based protein drink, will be delivered to Haiti through Convoy of Hope, a charitable organization based in Springfield, Mo., that has infrastructure in place to ensure that supplies are delivered quickly.
“Community giving is an important component of DFA’s values, and Sport Shake has been popular in Haiti for quite some time,” says Joyce Bupp, president of the DFA Cares Foundation. “After we heard about the devastation, we knew that we wanted to help. We hope that this donation of Sport Shake provides some much-needed nutrition to those affected.”
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.
Also, in conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in the aid and recovery effort in Haiti.
“This is a time for the U.S. dairy producer community to step up to the plate and help, in a coordinated way, to address an enormous humanitarian crisis close to home,” says Jerry Kozak, president and chief executive officer of NMPF, which manages CWT. “Dairy producers have given generously in the past to help with other international and domestic relief efforts. In this tragic situation, a cash donation to the Red Cross is the most effect and expeditious method to help people in Haiti.”
With tens of thousands of people feared dead in Haiti, little or no functioning infrastructure, and absent a strong governmental response, CWT is making a cash contribution to the Red Cross’s specific Haiti relief fund to best assist the people of that nation. Kozak says that CWT’s monetary contribution will be used to provide dairy products and other foods, along with water, fuel, medicine, shelter, or whatever services are most critically needed.
Haiti is one of dozens of countries that has, in the past, been a commercial market for U.S. dairy products sold through CWT’s Export Assistance program.
NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney, a dairy farmer from Rogersville, MO, says that “CWT can play a positive role in helping needy people deal with this devastating disaster.” He urges cooperatives not participating in CWT, along with individual dairy farmers not involved in the organization, to consider contributing to the Red Cross Haitian relief efforts.
Source: Dairy Farmers of America, Cooperatives Working Together