Operation Community Impact responds to food insecurity and challenges faced by dairy producers

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Dairy, Milk, Dairy Surplus, Food Donations, Food Banks, Community Impact, Connecticut

Abstract

For many individuals and families, challenges sur­rounding food insecurity increased when the pan­demic arrived. COVID-19 also created a surplus of fluid milk and led to decreased prices for farmers. Dairy farms nationwide were dumping milk due to decreased demand and lack of storage space at plants. Meanwhile, food pantries were in desperate need of more food to help provide nourishment for the increasing number of individuals facing food insecurity. The Cooperative Extension 4-H and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) programs at the University of Connecticut partnered with dairy processors to secure donations and mobilize Extension volun­teers to distribute the donations to food pantries statewide.

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Author Biographies

Stacey F. Stearns, University of Connecticut Extension

Program Specialist– Educational Outreach

William P. Davenport, University of Connecticut Extension

Assistant Extension Educator

Jennifer E. Cushman, University of Connecticut Extension

Assistant Extension Educator

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Published
2020-11-21
How to Cite
Stearns, S., Davenport, W., & Cushman, J. (2020). Operation Community Impact responds to food insecurity and challenges faced by dairy producers. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.034
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Voices from the Grassroots