The Smith family of Dry Creek Farm, Martinsburg, Blair County, was recognized by the Spring Cove School District school board in Roaring Spring, on Monday, Oct. 15, for donating a yogurt smoothie blender for in-school breakfast.
The Smiths were awarded $1,000 from American Dairy Association North East for being named the Dairying for Tomorrow animal care winner. They used the money to purchase the blender for the school to help promote healthier breakfast options that include dairy for students.
The school will install the smoothie blender in the Spring Cove High School.
“We’re excited to donate this smoothie blender to Spring Cove School District,” said Caroline Zimmerman, dairy farmer from Dry Creek Farm. “Encouraging students to have fun with their breakfast while still including nutritious foods like milk and yogurt is a ‘win’ for everyone involved.”
“The Smiths are the perfect example of what the Dairying for Tomorrow awards are all about,” said ADA North East CEO Rick Naczi. “They earned the award for the outstanding care of their animals but are sharing their winnings to care for the students in their local community. By giving students more access to dairy foods benefits the school and the farmers.”
The Dairying for Tomorrow awards recognize local dairy farmers and showcase on-farm practices that will help sustain the dairy industry now and into the future, and are given in three categories: animal care, community and consumer outreach and environmental stewardship.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 12,000 dairy farm families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit American Dairy.