DFA volunteers help feed hungry families

Written by Christine Bush

Upholding a commitment to community service, nearly 400 employees and farmer-members of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) joined forces on Tuesday, November 18, with other volunteer groups to package 1 million meals for food banks in Indiana. DFA was a co-sponsor of the fourth annual Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana Million Meal Marathon, which took place at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

One of DFA’s core values is community, and employees and producers reached out to those in need through the DFA Cares Foundation. As part of the annual DFA Team Development Conference, attendees worked side by side with volunteers from across Indiana and with employees of Indiana-based Elanco to ready the meals for food banks. Other volunteers included Colts players, FFA students, Indianapolis public school students and additional sponsor organizations.

“At DFA, we believe it’s important that we give to those in need in the communities where we live and work,” said Monica Massey, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “One of our core values is community, and today, by participating in the Million Meal Marathon, we lived this value and, more important, helped attack the very real issue of food insecurity.”

Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana is an international humanitarian food aid organization that feeds the hungry, while teaching children and communities the power of volunteerism. The organization started in 2007. Since then, it has organized volunteers to help provide 23 million meals to hungry families in central Indiana and around the world.

For more information about the Million Meal Marathon or Kids Against Hunger, visit www.kidsagainsthunger.net.