Yolo Food Bank Receives Grant from National Dairy Council

Source: Woodland Daily Democrat

Yolo Food Bank announced that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Dairy Council to increase dairy capacity for the Food Bank’s partners.

This grant was awarded to 20 food banks, nationally, with Yolo being the only California food bank to receive it, according to the Yolo Food Bank.

The Food Bank plans to use these funds to purchase refrigerators for some of its partner agencies.

“We would like to thank both the National Dairy Council and the Dairy Council of California for this generous grant,” said Karen Strach, director of programs at Yolo Food Bank. “A number of our partners have limited or no access to refrigeration and therefore are unable to distribute dairy products to their clients. This grant will allow us to increase the number of food pantries that will be able to provide dairy products to local residents.”

Between May 2013 and April 2014, Yolo Food Bank distributed 117,000 pounds of dairy products. It is anticipated that this grant will increase the amount of dairy products that the partner agencies are able to distribute by approximately 5,800 pounds each year.

The mission of Yolo Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County. Through its programs and partnerships with 60 nonprofit partner agencies, approximately 23,000 residents are served each month.

Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC has taken a leadership role in promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60.

Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. – See more at: http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org/AboutNDC/Pages/AboutNDCLanding.aspx#sthash.628ntxdh.dpuf