DFA Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

Kansas City Mayor Presents DFA with Proclamation of Recognition
December 10, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (DFA) received a Proclamation of Recognition from Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser today after DFA employees volunteered at Harvesters Community Food Network, a Kansas City-based food bank.

In two and half hours, DFA volunteers packed 1,750 backpacks that provide children in need healthy, nonperishable food items to help address weekend hunger. Each backpack included shelf-stable milk, juice, spaghetti, soup, crackers, granola bars and more. Each weekend, Harvesters distributes approximately 14,000 backpacks through its BackSnack Program to local school children age six to 12.

“Our goal as a Cooperative is to get more involved with groups like Harvesters that are making a difference in meeting the needs of those that are hungry,” said Jackie Klippenstein, vice president of industry and legislative affairs for DFA. “Starting in 2011, DFA will initiate a plan to engage with Harvesters more frequently, allowing DFA to have an active role in the fight against hunger locally. We think milk and other nutritious dairy producers can play an important role in the fight against hunger, and we want to make sure our products end up in the hands of children who need them.”

This volunteer effort aligns with DFA’s core value of community, which means employees are committed to serving, leading and educating in the communities in which DFA serves, and are connected to the greater agricultural community in which it operates.