The Great Georgia Give made its arrival in Augusta, Georgia Friday, May 8, as the third stop in its four-week philanthropic tour. After completing two other successful stops in Atlanta and Macon, Augusta was met with generous donations of safe and wholesome milk from dairy farmers across the state of Georgia. These incredible dairy farmers are working alongside partners to donate 24,000 half gallons of milk to frontline responders, hospitals, police and fire stations, as well as others in need of nourishment.
The Great Georgia Give initiative aims to help dairy farms and farmers donate milk to communities in need while they continue to sort out supply chain interruptions due to the COVID-19 crisis. The positive impact can be felt not only by the dairy community, but also by the heroic first responders and the many communities that make up the state of Georgia.
“Now more than ever, preventing waste in the food chain is crucial,” said Kroger Atlanta Division President Tim Brown. “The Great Georgia Give aligns with Kroger’s® Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan to end hunger and eliminate waste in our communities by connecting a great product with great heroes. We’re excited to support this innovative initiative by matching the contributions of the dairy farmers to provide 24,000 half-gallons of milk to our healthcare workers and first responders. Milk is one of Georgia’s most important agricultural commodities and the Great Georgia Give is ensuring that it is nourishing those who need it.”
There is one final stop scheduled in Savannah, Georgia, on May 15. The Great Georgia Give is led by Milk on My Mind, a dairy awareness program initiated and funded by Georgia dairy farmers and is supported by Dairy Farmers of America, Kroger, Georgia Department of Agriculture and Centennial Farms Dairy.
“Our Georgia dairy farmers are on the front lines producing milk and dairy foods. In parallel they appreciate the work being done by our healthcare and first responders and want to give back,” said Paul Johnson, Georgia dairy farmer and board chairman of Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Milk. “We appreciate our partners DFA and Kroger for making this contribution possible and extend a thank you to Nicole Duvall with the Georgia Mobile Classroom for delivering the donations on dairy farmers’ behalf.”
See you at the finish line Friday, May 15, in Savannah.