Cass-Clay Creamery Donating Nearly 25,000 Shelf-Stable “Giving Cow” Milk Cartons to Great Plains Food Bank

FARGO, N.D. (July 27, 2023) – The pandemic may be over, but Americans are still facing hunger and food insecurity. In fact, there is no community across the United States where hunger doesn’t exist and the need for food is still great. In North Dakota, one in six individuals do not have enough food to eat each day, including more than 47,000 children.

Local dairy-brand Cass-Clay is taking action in partnership with Hornbacher’s to provide much-needed nourishment for families in North Dakota. Today, the Great Plains Food Bank will receive 24,576 Giving Cow milk cartons that will immediately be made available throughout its network of 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., and through its programs and services.

Giving Cow Milks Offer a Shelf-Stable Solution for Food Pantries
Milk is one of the most requested yet least donated items at food pantries as too often these facilities lack sufficient refrigeration. The single-serve, eight-ounce cartons of 2% milk have a shelf life for up to a year. Typically, fresh milk only has a shelf life of about 20 days from processing. The Giving Cow milk cartons are specifically designed for food pantries and kids backpack programs to fight hunger and help feed families in need.

Representatives from Cass Clay Creamery, Hornbacher’s and the Great Plains Food Bank gather for a group photo to celebration a donation of nearly 25,000 cartons of shelf-stable Giving Cow milk to the Great Plains Food Bank that will immediately be distributed to hungry children, seniors and families across N.D. and Clay County, Minn.

“Refrigeration is a challenge for so many community food pantries, as it’s difficult for them to keep fresh foods like milk and other dairy products on hand,” says Rachel Kyllo, a spokesperson for Country Fresh. “As a dairy company, we want to ensure that milk is available for those that need it, and our shelf-stable Giving Cow milk cartons offer a great solution.”

“Cass Clay and Hornbacher’s continue to be tremendous partners in the fight to end hunger and we cannot thank them enough for their support,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Melissa Sobolik said. “Milk remains one of the most requested items we distribute, but creates challenges in distribution due to its short shelf-life. The fact that this product is shelf-stable and is so needed is a win-win for the Great Plains Food Bank and the hungry neighbors we serve.”

“Supporting the Great Plains Food Bank through a donation of shelf-stable milk is just one example of how great partners like Cass-Clay and Hornbacher’s come together to serve communities,” says Matt Leiseth , President, Hornbacher’s . 

About Cass-Clay® Creamery
Since 1935, Cass-Clay Creamery has been providing fresh and delicious dairy products to families in North Dakota and surrounding areas. We start with the freshest milk from local farms and manufacture a full line of premium ice cream, sour cream, cottage cheese and white and flavored milk. Our manufacturing facility is located in Fargo, North Dakota. In 2012, Cass-Clay Creamery became a farmer-owned brand of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative owned by more than 12,500 family farmers. 100% of profits go to dairy farmers and their families. For more information, visit cassclay.com.

About Hornbacher’s
Founded in 1951, Hornbacher’s® operates eight grocery stores in the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo area. Hornbacher’s is committed to the community through support of many civic, educational, arts and non-profit organizations.  “As part of our responsibility to be good corporate citizens, Hornbacher’s is proud to partner with the Great Plains Food Bank,” said Matt Leiseth, President of Hornbacher’s. Hornbacher’s is committed to making a lasting impact in the communities where our associates and our customers call home.” For more information, visit www.Hornbachers.com.

About the Great Plains Food Bank
Opening in March of 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank is currently celebrating its 40th year as an organization. Serving as North Dakota’s only food bank, the Great Plains Food Bank partners with nearly 200 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs operating in 100 communities across N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Through its array of innovative direct service programs and partner network, the Great Plains Food Bank has distributed more than 200 million meals to children, seniors, and families in need since 1983. The Great Plains Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, and was named the Not-for-Profit of the Year in 2018 by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

Website: www.greatplainsfoodbank.org
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