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Dairy Farms Partner with Hy-Vee, Lewis Drug and First Bank & Trust to Benefit Feeding South Dakota

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Posted: February 15th, 2013


LeAnne Philips

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dairy farm families will again partner with First Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug to raise money for Feeding South Dakota.

For the third year, dairy farmers will invite the public to “Be Our Guest” at a concert at the annual Central Plains Dairy Expo.  For a $10 donation to Feeding South Dakota, people will receive a pass to country music artist Phil Vassar’s concert on March 26.  Donations will be used to purchase dairy foods to stock food banks across the state. 

In 2012, the Be Our Guest concert event raised more than $12,000 to purchase dairy foods for Feeding South Dakota.

"We are excited to again host the Be Our Guest concert event,” said Allen Merrill, dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota.  “This is a great opportunity to enjoy a top-notch concert and raise money for Feeding South Dakota to purchase nutritious dairy products.”

The program will kick-off with a special event on February 16 at the Hy-Vee location at 57th and Cliff in Sioux Falls.  From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives of Feeding South Dakota and area dairy farmers will accept donations.   A second donation event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 16 at the Lewis Drug location at 41st and Minnesota in Sioux Falls. 

From February 16 through the March 26 concert, donations will be accepted at First Bank & Trust locations in Sioux Falls and Canton, Lewis Drug Store locations in Sioux Falls, Brandon, Brookings, Huron and Madison, and Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls. 

Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization that serves approximately 460 nonprofit hunger relief and emergency food distribution agencies throughout the state.  These agencies received more than 12.5 million pounds of food and grocery items from Feeding South Dakota in 2012, providing over 10 million meals to hungry individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota now operates distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City, and food pantries in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. 

Dairy foods help make healthy eating easy. Three daily servings of dairy – milk, cheese or yogurt – provide excellent nutrition, value and taste.  Few foods deliver dairy’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and convenient way.  You can find dairy recipes, nutrition information and more information on dairy farm families at http://www.DairyMakesSense.com.


Editor’s Note: A PDF of this item and Be Our Guest graphic can be downloaded at http://www.midwestdairy.com.
Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit http://www.midwestdairy.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.


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