USDA recently announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program to help facilitate dairy product donations while reducing food waste.
Under the program, dairy organizations will partner with nonprofit feeding organizations that distribute food to people in need. The partnerships can apply for reimbursements to cover some expenses related to eligible dairy product donations.
Over the past 10 years, the beef and dairy industries have increasingly become a favorite whipping boy among politicians and activists who concern themselves with the climate change issue. While much of this is mere rhetoric, the resulting damage to the industry’s image is nevertheless a real and concerning issue.
“The benefits of the Dairy Donation Program are twofold—it supplements other financial support for producers while providing nutritious dairy products to American families,” said Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh.
Dairy farmers, cooperatives or processors that purchase fresh milk or bulk dairy products are eligible to participate. Reimbursement can include milk cost, as well as manufacturing and transportation costs. For more details, visit www.ams.usda.gov/ddp.