It feels like more, but it has been a year since the world changed and a deadly virus began spreading through our communities. From illness and death to job loss and hunger, Covid-19 has left destruction in its wake.
But, like so many other times in our history, we got a chance to see the best of people in the worst of times. From doctors and nurses to teachers and grocery store clerks; and, from delivery drivers and school nutrition staffs to first responders and vaccinators, we have gotten through the past year stronger together.
However, as nearly 42 million people in America experience food insecurity, we are also thankful for those who get fresh, nutritious food into the hands of our neighbors in need. From food bank volunteers to farmers, many have stepped up to nourish their communities. In fact, in the last year, ADA North East and local dairy farmers have helped to facilitate the distribution of more than 900,000 gallons of fresh milk to communities across our region. Milk was either purchased through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program government-funded grants, the Nourish New York state-funded program or donations from Dairy Farmers of America.
Dairy farmers across the Northeast have been incredible supporters of and volunteers at our 261 milk distribution events. With 95% of Northeast dairy farms family owned, it's no surprise that local farmers have given countless hours to ensuring their neighbors had access to fresh, nutritious milk in their time of need.
Because of their commitment to the community, local dairy farmers and ADA North East have helped support more than 450,000 families in the last year.
More Dairy Farmers in Action
Local dairy farmers have also given their time to produce entertaining and educational videos for kids who have not been able to enjoy their typical school schedule.
In the last year, our kid-focused Fun on the Farm video series shared what life is like on more than 20 dairy farms and surpassed 3.5 million views. This would not have been possible without the time and commitment from our farmers. Go back and enjoy season 1 and season 2 of Fun on the Farm!
New York dairy farmers put a smile on many faces by producing a virtual New York State Fair.
Farmers virtually welcomed students from across the Northeast to their farms during our fall Virtual Farm Tours.
American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.