The Friendship Feast in Dodge City receives donation from Southwest Dairy Farmers and Southland Dairy Farmers

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Local food banks and those across the country received donations of milk and monetary contributions from members of Southwest Dairy Farmers and Southland Dairy Farmers.

According to a news release, Southwest Dairy Farmers and Southland Dairy Farmers are an alliance of dairy farmers that pool their resources to provide consumer education programs in dairy nutrition, to promote dairy product use, and provide dairy product information.

Among those that received the recent donation was the Friendship Feast of Dodge City.

According to the Feast, it received 250 half pints of milk a week over the past three weeks to be used to give to those in need.

"Friendship Feast is grateful for the donation received from Southwest Dairy Farmers," feast kitchen manager Sarah Speakman said. "We were able to send out milk with each meal and this will continue to help those in need in our community. We serve about 80 meals a day as carry-out."

Other recipients include and Emmaus House in Garden City and several organizations in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.

The donations were to be used in assisting those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in providing basic nutrition.

“Our mission at Southwest/Southland Dairy Farmers is to provide support to our local dairy farm families and their operations,” said Jim Hill, CEO of the promotion and education group in a news release. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our markets, our dairy farm members made it very clear that they wanted funding to be allocated to programs that helped those most in need.

"When we were looking at COVID-19 related programs to help, it became apparent that local food banks were in dire need, and it also appeared that their situation would become worse.

"So, all our budgeted funds for this effort went to local food banks, those that rely solely on donations and private funding.

"It just made sense, local dairy farmers helping local food banks in their own communities and states.”

Southwest/Southland Dairy Farmers director of community outreach Amanda Phelps added, "Through the hard work of our employees from the Southwest and Southland Dairy Farmers, and all of our dairy farm members, we know we have helped and will continue to help a significant number of people and that is really what we’re all about. "People in these communities know they can count on their local dairy farmers in both good times and bad.”

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