Community Giving Efforts Earn DFA 'Spark of Hope' Award

July 8, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) has been named the 2010 Corporate Spark of Hope award winner by the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas. John Stephens, chief operating officer for consumer brands within DFA’s Global Dairy Products Group, accepted the award at a special event June 24 in Fayetteville, Ark., where the fund’s 2010 scholarship winners also were introduced.

“Community involvement is an important value at DFA,” said Stephens. “We believe deeply in serving, leading and educating in the communities where we live and operate, and we are proud to invest in the future of these deserving scholarship recipients.”

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas was established in 1984, as a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping single parents accomplish their educational goals and create a better future for their children. The organization provided $300,000 in scholarships in 2009. Scholarships are funded entirely by donations from individuals, local businesses, civic and community groups, churches and private foundations.

Past Spark of Hope honorees include Walmart, Dean Foods Dairy Group, Birds Eye Foods and Hiland Dairy, among others.