The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative is providing dairy products to needy families. 

The organization announced this week the launch of its Farmers Feeding Families Fund, which hopes to raise $500,000 for community food banks across the country. 

Initial seed money of $200,000 has already been raised through the Cooperative’s DFA Cares Foundation. 

DFA is already holding events such as drive-by milk giveaways at schools and donating fluid milk directly to food banks. 

Randy Mooney, DFA board chairman, says, “we are proud of the role we play in feeding families, and in times like these when so many are struggling, we feel passionately about doing all we can to help.” 

As demand for food assistance rises with the COVID-19 outbreak, Feeding America, with its more than 200 affiliates across the country, has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone. 

DFA has identified 30 communities across the country whose local food banks will receive funds to purchase needed dairy products.