Hurricane Irma Victims Receive 30,000 Pounds of Wisconsin Cheese
This past month, Baker Cheese was proud to join forces with other Wisconsin cheesemakers, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), Independent Procurement Alliance Program (IPAP) and Wisconsin dairy farmers to donate more than 30,000 pounds of cheese to families in need located in south Florida.
“Millions of people have been impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and we wanted to use our resources to make the largest impact possible,” said Brian Baker, President of Baker Cheese. “Peace of mind comes from knowing help is available in times of need and our team was honored to partner with the Wisconsin dairy industry to make a contribution.”
Feeding South Florida received 30,000 pounds of Wisconsin Cheese to provide families with nutritious food. The 32 pallets arrived at Feeding South Florida which distributes to a network of 400 partner agencies throughout the community to get the food into the hands of those who need it most.
"Feeding South Florida appreciates this donation, especially after Hurricane Irma when many lost their perishable items, and as we near the holiday season," said Sari Vatske, Vice President of Community Relations at Feeding South Florida.
Independent Procurement Alliance Program (IPAP), based in Appleton, Wisconsin handled the shipping and logistics support. Midwest Refrigerated Services provided help with consolidation and trucking. Performance Foodservice Miami assisted in providing the product to Feeding South Florida. Without the contribution of their time and resources, this large donation would not have been possible.
Seventeen cheese companies from across Wisconsin were involved in the relief effort. Participating companies included: Arthur Schuman, Inc., Artisan Cheese Exchange, Baker Cheese, Inc., Cedar Valley Cheese, Dan's Prize, Inc., Door Artisan Cheese Company LLC, Eau Galle Cheese Company, Foremost Farms USA Cooperative, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op, Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Odyssey Cheese & Yogurt, Pine River Pre-Pack Inc., Saxon Cheese, Swiss Valley Farms Co-op, Valley View Cheese Co-op, Widmer's Cheese Cellars and Winona Foods, Inc.
Additional support was provided by Wisconsin Cheesemaker Association (WCMA).
About Baker Cheese
Baker Cheese is a fourth generation, family-owned, string cheese manufacturer located in St. Cloud, Wisconsin. Through generations of innovation, we have maintained the key elements to create truly exceptional, award winning natural string cheese.
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