Farmers Continue to Get Food to Local Families as Pandemic Nears One-Year Mark

Author: Jean Kummer | March 01, 2021

Farmers Continue to Get Food to Local Families as Pandemic Nears One-Year Mark

Photo Caption: ADA North East’s Director of Retail Marketing and Insights John Chrisman (left) stands with YMCA of Centre County Branch Director Mel Curtis (right) at a central Pennsylvania distribution. 

Dairy farmers continue to support local families in need through facilitating distribution of food boxes that each contain a gallon of milk. Last week, ADA North East worked with local partners to get 5,000 boxes given to Pennsylvania families, through the Farmers to Families Food Box program through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) government-funded grants. 

“Mel’s ‘whatever it takes’ approach has helped his YMCA team get 704 tons of food to Pennsylvania families in need through the pandemic,” said Chrisman. “He’s a great partner for our dairy farmers and ADA North East.” 

Read the Daily Collegian article, Pennsylvania dairy farmers to distribute free milk, food in Centre County

This week another 7,656 boxes will be distributed through the Salvation Army in Syracuse, N.Y., and in Pennsylvania through food distribution and community organizations Cocoa Packs in Hershey, the Hope Center in Nescopeck, State Line Community Center in Waynesboro, and YMCA of Centre County.

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 or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.