Wisconsin Producers Send 20K Pounds of Cheese to Houston
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) coordinated a state-wide effort that culminated in nearly 20,000 pounds of cheese donated by Wisconsin cheesemakers to the Houston Food Bank, which serves the area that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastation facing Texas residents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” says Suzanne Fanning, WMMB VP of Marketing Communications. “Our Wisconsin cheesemakers and dairy farmers are inherently focused on helping others so we offered them a way to get involved. Their response to our call for donations was overwhelming – we were initially hoping to send 200 pounds of cheese, but the donations keep pouring in – now totaling almost 20,000 pounds!”
On Sept. 1, WMMB staff, cheesemakers and dairy farmers packed a delivery truck with the cheese that included smoked string cheese, cheese curds, muenster, parmesan, classic cheddar and other varieties. The donation also included 300 pounds of butter.
The Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest food bank and distributes to almost 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. The shipping and logistics of the donation was provided by Independent Procurement Alliance Program, and 26 Wisconsin companies donated to the relief effort.
Those companies included: Agropur, Inc., Arena Cheese Inc., BelGioioso Cheese, Inc., Burnett Dairy Cooperative, Carr Valley Cheese Company Inc., Chula Vista Cheese Company, Decatur Dairy, Inc., Cow Candy, Ellsworth Co-op Creamery, Emmi Roth USA, Foremost Farms USA Cooperative, Grande Cheese, Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., LaClare Family Creamery, Marieke Gouda, Nasonville Dairy, Odyssey Feta, Pine River Pre-Pack Inc., Ponderosa Dairy Products, Sartori Company, Schreiber Foods, Inc., Swiss Valley Farms Co-op, Vern’s Cheese, Inc., Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, Winona Foods and Zimmerman Cheese.