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Emergency funds will provide food for Ohio food banks

An executive order provides $5 million to fund the effort.

April 17, 2020

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MILK FOR FOOD BANKS: Nearly $5 million in emergency funding has been allocated to Ohio food banks for dairy products and other food. phi2/Getty Images

Nearly $5 million in emergency funding has been allocated to Ohio food banks to respond to an unprecedented need for emergency food created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order following a request by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. It will allow Ohio’s 12 Feeding America food banks and its statewide pantry network of 3,600 local organizations to immediately procure milk and dairy products, as well as other food and essential items, to feed families in need.

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The Ohio Dairy Producers Association and the American Dairy Association Mideast, which represent the state’s 1,750 dairy farm families, recognized DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services for their leadership and swift action to provide hunger relief to millions of Ohioans.

“Milk is one of the most requested items for food banks, and Ohio’s dairy community is grateful that the state is taking the necessary steps to help get nutritious milk and dairy foods to those in need,” says Scott Higgins, CEO for both ODPA and ADA Mideast. “Ohio’s dairy farmers are proud to produce a product that is essential in nourishing our families and communities. We have a plentiful supply of milk, and all families should have access to dairy foods.”

Dairy groups unite in request to DeWine

ODPA, with support from Dairy Farmers of America-Mideast Area and the National Farmers Organization, sent a letter last week to DeWine urging him to approve emergency funding for food banks.

ADA Mideast, which is a long-standing partner with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and Feeding America, has been facilitating milk donations from dairy companies in Ohio and West Virginia to area food banks.

Last week, 20,000 gallons of milk was provided to Cleveland area food banks by Dairymens, which is owned and operated by Borden.

ADA Mideast will continue to work with milk cooperatives and dairy processors to support hunger relief systems in Ohio and West Virginia.

Source: American Dairy Association Mideast, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.


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