ADA North East registered dietitian and nutrition expert LaChell Miller spoke on behalf of dairy farmers to the Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee today. She discussed how dairy is needed to fill nutritional gaps related to food insecurity, highlighting the dairy industry’s dedication to ensuring all Americans have access to nutrient-dense dairy foods.
Dairy checkoff began a partnership with Feeding America in 2012 that has since doubled the amount of dairy foods distributed through its food banks. More than 353 million pounds of dairy foods were made available to families in 2019 alone as a result of the partnership.
Miller explained ADA North East’s milk distribution efforts since the pandemic began – detailing that local families have had access to more than 700,000 gallons of milk to date with more to come – thanks in part to our partnerships with local food banks and community organizations.
The 2020 Dietary Guidelines will direct government nutrition polices related to the varieties of milk that can served in school meal programs, as well as set the standards for federal food and nutrition assistance programs.
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About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.