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Darigold is Fighting Hunger Locally

Courtesy of Darigold


During this season of giving, you may be wondering how you can give back to those in the community who are less fortunate. Your holiday plans may even involve volunteering or giving donations. You aren’t alone.

One local brand has been feeling responsible to help their community gain access to milk and its vital nutrients. Since 2013, Darigold has been partnering with Northwest Harvest to help fight hunger in Washington State by donating more than 83,000 gallons of milk to help families in need.

Milk is a rare commodity at food banks. In fact, dairy only makes up 2% of the food distributed by Northwest Harvest because of the difficulty in transporting and lack of space for storage. Darigold, because it is ultra-pasteurized, has a longer more stable shelf life, making it a great option for food banks. Guests at a food bank in Jefferson County recently said they “never thought [they’d] have fresh milk” and they are delighted to be getting it from a local dairy.

Northwest Harvest makes it easy for processors and growers like Darigold to join in statewide efforts to feed Washington State’s hungry. To learn more about their agricultural and food processor partnerships, contact James Hemmen at jamesh@northwestharvest.org.

If you’re personally looking for a way for yourself and your family to give back this season, here are a few tips from the folks at Northwest Harvest.

-Donate! Cash, stock, loose change, whatever it is, it makes a big difference.

-Volunteer Your time is valuable. Volunteers contributed nearly 105,000 hours to Northwest Harvest last year—that is the equivalent of 52 full time employees! Get ideas for the whole family here.

-Hold a food drive and collect non-perishable foods. At your work, place of worship, school, community meeting—or even online at CrowdRise.

-Advocate This can be as simple as writing a postcard or forwarding an email. Check the Northwest Harvest website and blog for facts and stories and sign up for an action alert.




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