DFA Teams up with Matthew: 25 Ministries for Volunteer Opportunity

July 20, 2012

A group of volunteers representing Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) convened at Matthew: 25 Ministries this week for an afternoon of service reflecting the Cooperative’s core value of community.

Nearly 50 volunteers sorted, packaged and prepared donated goods to be shipped to various parts of the world. The group was in town for the Cooperative’s annual Board strategy retreat, which includes a dedicated program for DFA’s farmer leader and management wives that engages them in the dairy industry and provides deeper insight into DFA’s business.

“This group has expressed a desire to contribute more to DFA’s community outreach activities,” said Joyce Bupp, Board director and chair of DFA Cares Foundation. “Our volunteer activity is a strong reflection of how our focus on community extends throughout the Cooperative.”

Matthew 25: Ministries, headquartered in Blue Ash, Ohio, is an international and humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that rescues and reuses approximately 13 million pounds of corporate discontinued, returned and past season products each year. They then redistribute the products to people in desperate need throughout the United States and worldwide.

“We are able to accomplish our mission to help people in need because of the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers and the commitment of service- and community-focused organizations like Dairy Farmers of America,” said Joodi Archer, development and media director for Matthew 25: Ministries. “We were pleased they chose to serve with us during their visit here.”

Outreach projects such as this are conducted through DFA Cares Foundation, which was founded to assist DFA’s dairy farmer members and others in agriculture communities affected by natural disasters. Today, the Foundation has expanded to include the DFA Cares Hotline, DFA’s Member Assistance Program and DFA Scholarship Program.

Funding for DFA Cares comes from private, public and corporate donations. To donate to DFA Cares Foundation, send a check made payable to DFA Cares Foundation to: DFA Cares Foundation, c/o Ron Hilmes, 10220 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153.