Featured photo: Dave Smith, exec. dir.,  PA Dairymen’s Association, making remarks at the #Milk2Cheese event at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

The 2015 All-American Dairy Show and the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will present more than four tons of cheese to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank as part of a new enhancement of their partnership to feed hungry families in Central Pennsylvania.

Alan McCauley, D.V.M., president of the Board of Directors, All-American Dairy Show; Dave Smith, executive director, PA Dairymen’s Association; Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Jon Weber, general manager, Penn Cheese; Hannah Smith-Brubaker, deputy secretary, PA Dept. of Agriculture; Sharon Altland, executive director, PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center has presented it November 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Warehouse.

“We are proud to enhance our ongoing commitment to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and help bring much-needed, nutritious dairy products to the families they serve in our communities,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.”

During the week-long 2015 All-American Dairy Show, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in September, more than 2,000 of the best dairy cattle in North America produced 97,327 pounds (the equivalent of 11,317 gallons) of fresh milk. The PA Dairymen’s Association sent the milk to Penn Cheese in Winfield, PA to be converted into 8,300 pounds, or more than four tons, of mild, creamy white Farmers Cheese. The cheese then was shipped to a specialty plant, The Deli Source in Antioch, Illinois, for slicing.

“It is a testament to the generosity of dairy farmers in Pennsylvania who want to serve their neighbors, especially during this season of thankfulness and giving. We are proud to partner with the Dairymen to bring fresh cheese to the homes of the hungry,” noted Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, in anticipation of the delivery.

“The All-American Dairy Show is proud to participate in the Milk-to-Cheese program facilitated by the PA Dairymen’s Association with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank,” said Alan McCauley, D.V.M., president of the Board of Directors of AADS. “Exhibitors from 20 states and eastern Canada are pleased that their milk is being incorporated into such a worthy cause. Thanks to all who helped make this program a successful reality.”