Northwest Iowa Dairy Gives Milk With Long Shelf Life To Siouxland Food Bank

Le Mars, Iowa — Milk is a tough commodity for food banks to store and distribute, because of its short shelf life and need for refrigeration. But a northwest Iowa company’s donation won’t be as susceptible to spoilage.

Kemp’s Dairy and local Hy-Vee stores are partnering to help the Food Bank of Siouxland by donating thousands of “Giving Cow” cartons or milk for distribution across the 11-county service area. Jay Johnson, sales director for the Kemp’s facility in Le Mars, and says these cartons have a special advantage for distribution.

Jamie Bockelmann is operations manager of the food bank and says this milk will help children who are among the nearly 25-thousand food insecure people in the region.

While it sounds like a lot of milk, the cartons will be distributed quickly over the next two months. Food bank associate executive director Valerie Petersen says companies like Kemp’s are critical to having enough food to meet the area’s demand.

Kemp’s plans to have another Giving Cow contribution to the food bank in November. That donation will likely be chocolate milk.



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