Aurora Organic Dairy, a provider of private-label organic milk and butter, donated more than 28,000 gallons of organic milk and 2,540 pounds of organic butter to hunger relief organizations in 2012. These in-kind donations represent approximately $100,000 in retail sales of these products.
At Aurora Organic Dairy we do what we can to give back to the communities where we operate," said Marc Peperzak, chief executive officer of the company. "Our milk and butter donations go to food banks and hunger relief organizations in the areas where our employees live and work, and to the communities where we ship milk. We know these organizations serve many families who are struggling during the recession, and we are happy we can donate organic milk—a protein-rich, healthy product—for these families."
Hunger-relief organizations, such as Community Food Share in Boulder CO, the Weld Food Bank in Greeley CO, and Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver CO receive regular donations of organic dairy products from Aurora Organic Dairy’s processing plant in Platteville CO. The company also provides free organic milk and butter to neighbors living near its farms and facilities; and to its nearly 500 employees.
The company also supports community organizations, youth agricultural programs, and schools in the areas where it operates its farms and milk processing plant. Aurora Organic Dairy has been providing academic scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in organic agriculture, and has funded academic research focused on organic dairy production and processing. Since its inception, the firm has donated more than $1.1 million to fund academic scholarships and research to advance the organic dairy industry, and has hosted interns from 32 nations at its farms and facilities.
For more information, visit www.auroraorganic.com.