Your Weekly Checkoff Update
Milk and Food Drives Get 818,000 Gallons of Milk; 401,000 Pounds of Dairy Foods to Families
Since May, families across the region affected by the pandemic have received 818,000 gallons of milk and nearly 401,000 pounds of dairy foods. ADA North East worked with USDA-approved vendors, local dairy processors and community organizations who received the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) government-funded grants to coordinate the distribution and make it possible for the community groups to provide the much-needed milk and food. Distribution events will resume in October provided CFAP funds are available to our partners in the region.
New State Royalty Selected to Serve Pennsylvania Dairy Industry
Centre County’s Gabrielle Swavely was selected as the 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess on Saturday. First Alternate was Katerina Coffman from Huntingdon County and second Alternate was Kristin Johns from Berks County. 

Rounding out the top seven finalists was Selina Horst from Franklin County; Katelyn Taylor from Lycoming County; Abigail Shuck from Somerset County; and Elizabeth Chidester from Susquehanna County. Outgoing state princess Paige Peiffer and her alternates Denae Hershberger and Vannika Rice were recognized for their year of service to Pennsylvania dairy farmers.
ADA North East is a major funder of the Pennsylvania dairy princess program and also provides training and promotional resources to support its grassroots promotion efforts.
‘Is Whole Milk Healthy?’ - Dairy Checkoff Helps Get Positive Story on Food Network
National Dairy Council (NDC), the arm of dairy checkoff focused on the nutrition and health benefits of dairy, worked with the Food Network to develop the story “Is Whole Milk Healthy?” The article is a direct result of dairy farmers’ investment in nutrition research that continues to show the benefits of whole fat dairy. Whole milk sales have been on the rise for the past six years, and according to NDC, whole milk brands have shown 13 percent growth in sales in the first seven months of 2020 alone, over the same period one year ago.
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