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Milk Box Donation Kicks Off Hunger Action Month at Colorado Food Bank

Meadow Gold and Tetra Pak donate nearly a quarter million single-serve milk boxes to Community Food Share to launch food and donation drive in Boulder and Broomfield Counties

Niwot, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2012) Meadow Gold, the inter-mountain region's oldest and largest full-service dairy company, has partnered with Tetra Pak, a leading food processing and packaging solutions company, to donate 230,000 single-serve shelf-stable milk cartons to Community Food Share (CFS), a food bank serving Boulder and Broomfield counties, to kick off Hunger Action Month. An initiative of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, made up of more than 200 food banks nationwide, Hunger Action Month urges individuals to take action to fight hunger in their local communities.

"This donation will allow us to work with our network of 56 other local non-profits, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency food box programs, to provide low-income individuals in Boulder and Broomfield counties with nutritious milk well into the fall and winter months without worrying about refrigeration or spoilage," said Jim Baldwin, CEO of Community Food Share. "We’re grateful to Meadow Gold and TetraPak for helping us kick off Hunger Action Month with this generous donation."

Currently, one in six residents in Boulder and Broomfield counties lives in poverty and often needs support from CFS. The donation of 230,000 milk boxes from Meadow Gold, which is a part of one of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies, Dean Foods, and Tetra Pak will help ensure a steady supply of milk for many of these individuals for the next several months. Shelf-stable milk boxes are ideal for food banks because they can be stored at room temperature, while providing the same great nutrition found in refrigerated milk cartons.

"Milk is an important staple for many families and households, which is why Meadow Gold was committed to partnering with Tetra Pak to donate shelf-stable milk cartons to Community Food Share as part of Hunger Action Month," said Michael Zimmerman, general manager, Meadow Gold.  "These shelf-stable milk cartons are a long-lasting way to ensure families are getting the nourishment they need on a daily basis."

The donated milk is first processed at a high temperature and placed in Tetra Pak’s sterile packaging, sealing out contaminants and preventing spoiling without added preservatives.  Tetra Pak’s shelf-stable cartons enable the product to retain its quality without refrigeration for up to 12 months from production.

"We are happy to support our customer Dean Foods in such an important initiative," said Carla Fantoni, vice president of communications for Tetra Pak US and Canada. "Shelf safe milk brings several benefits to consumers, but here, our technology is allowing Community Food Share to provide milk to families in need, which speaks to our company’s vision of making food safe and available everywhere.  Our milk boxes don’t require refrigeration until opened and don’t require preservatives to be added, offering families nutritious milk anytime, anywhere."

Additional CFS Hunger Action Month initiatives include:

  •  A "30 Ways [to fight hunger] in 30 Days" calendar with fresh ideas for combating hunger each day in September, which is available at www.communityfoodshare.org
  •  A partnership with Longmont-based Menchies Frozen yogurt on Wednesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 26 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. during which 20 percent of profits will go to CFS
  •  A partnership with Boulder-based Pizzeria Da Lupo on Tuesday, September 18 from 5 p.m. – close during which 10 percent of profits will go to CFS

About Community Food Share
Now in its 31st year, Community Food Share distributes nutritious food to approximately 35,000 individuals in need annually.  Distribution occurs through multiple distribution channels, including a network of other non-profits, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency food box programs, and directly to families with children on the School Free Lunch program and low-income seniors. All food is distributed free of charge. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Community Food Share distributed over 7.5 million meals (1 meal = 1 pound).  When their current facility in Niwot opened in 1999, distribution was 1.4 million meals.

The need for food assistance in Boulder and Broomfield counties is great.  One out of every 6 people lives at or below 130% of the federal poverty line, or $29,965/year for a family of four. There are 60,000 people in the two counties living at this poverty level – more than enough to fill Folsom Field – and 13,000 children on the School Free Lunch program in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts.

About Meadow Gold and Dean Foods
Meadow Gold Dairy has been producing fresh quality dairy products since 1897, making it the inter-mountain region's oldest and largest full-service dairy company. Meadow Gold is known for its fresh white milk, TruMoo chocolate milk, ice cream and frozen novelties, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, and fruit drinks. Meadow Gold is part of Dean Foods, a leading food and beverage company in the United States and a European leader in branded plant-based foods and beverages. For more information, visit www.meadowgold.com or www.deanfoods.com.

About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With almost 22,000 employees based in over 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, "PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapakusa.com.