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Adopt a Dairy Cow initiative keeps Boys & Girls Club members healthy

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:30 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - June is Dairy Month and Second Harvest Foodbank is asking for your help to support those who are struggling with food insecurity in south central Wisconsin.

The organization is looking for your help in providing milk, a rarely donated nutrient-rich product, to families in need.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County is one of many organizations benefitting from the program.

Second Harvest helps provides snacks and meals for the kids the Boys and Girls Club serves. Club Director Jake Brown said it’s all a part of keeping them healthy.

“We are about to start our summer program in two weeks,” said Brown. “Kids are gonna be here all day. That nutrition is a key part of keeping up, playing with friends and being engaged.”

Brown said their partnership with Second Harvest is important, just as is children drinking milk.

“We all know the importance of calcium and growing bones and you see our kids are very active at Boys and Girls Club,” said Brown. “And for them to keep up and continue with our programming.”

How can you help? You can choose a cow to “adopt,” then you decide how many gallons of milk you would like to donate. The goal is to raise 70,000 gallons.

The Adopt a Dairy Cow initiative has helped raise enough money to provide over 180,000 gallons of milk. While this may sound impressive, Second Harvest Foodbank notes that still averages less than 3.5, 8 ounce glasses of milk per person.

The cows up for adoption this year are (with descriptions provided by Second Harvest Foodbank):

  • Flora: Flora may be slower than the rest but she sure has moxie!
  • Shimmer: Shimmer is an “udder” diva!
  • Starla: If Starla isn’t the star of the show, there is no show.
  • Trixie: Even though Trixie weighs 1,800 pounds, butterflies do scare her.
  • Violet: Violet’s favorite things in the world are eating and ruminating.
  • Remi: Remi loves to wiggle and jiggle for head scratches.

The campaign runs through the entire month of June.

Can’t decide? You can make a gift of any size or become a monthly donor to provide milk to those in need all year! Choose your favorite option on Second Harvest Foodbank’s website.

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