Prairie Dairy Farms donated milk to River Bend

Prairie farms closed out National Dairy Month on Wednesday, June 26, by making donations of lactose-free milk gallons to 40 good banks including River Bend Food Bank in Davenport. CREDIT PRAIRE FARMS DAIRY

River Bend Food Bank in Davenport has received help by way of a milk donation from Prairie Farms Dairy.

Prairie Dairy closed out National Dairy Month on Wednesday, June 26, by making donations of lactose-free gallons of milk to 40 Feeding America partner food banks in the Midwest and South.

River Bend Food Bank received four pallets equaling nearly 14,000 servings of milk. It was delivered to River Bend Wednesday morning.

“Prairie Farms regularly engages with our food bank partners throughout America’s heartland, and we’re hearing from them that requests for lactose-free milk continue to accelerate. Since our company is shaping the future of accessibility to lactose free milk, it seemed fitting to coordinate a company-wide donation to help neighbors in need,” said Matt McClelland, CEO/EVP of Prairie Farms Dairy.

“The food bank donations are on behalf of our dairy farmers who work tirelessly to ensure families in their communities have high-quality, fresh milk on their tables,” he added. “The timing for the donations could not have been better because not only is June National Dairy Month, but it also marked the start of the production of fresh lactose free milk in family-size gallons at many of our manufacturing facilities.”

25k gallons of milk donated

During the final week of June, more than 25,000 gallons – equivalent to 414,720 servings – of free milk will be donated to Feeding America partner food banks in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Texas.

Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful dairy cooperatives operating in the Midwest and the South.

Elements of the cooperative include more than 600 farm families, 7,000 associates, 47 manufacturing plants, 100+ distribution facilities, and annual sales of over $4.69 billion. Prairie Farms is a nationally recognized leader in the dairy industry known for setting the standard for milk flavor innovations and producing award-winning milk, cheese, and cultured dairy products. 

With headquarters in Edwardsville, Illinois, the Prairie Farms distribution footprint covers over 30% of the United States. Its products are available in grocery chains, mass merchandiser stores, club stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, drug stores, schools and other sites.

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