Source: CWT news release
In conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in the aid and recovery effort in Haiti.
"This is a time for the U.S. dairy producer community to step up to the plate and help, in a coordinated way, to address an enormous humanitarian crisis close to home,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of NMPF, which manages CWT. "Dairy producers have given generously in the past to help with other international and domestic relief efforts. In this tragic situation, a cash donation to the Red Cross is the most effect and expeditious method to help people in Haiti.”
With tens of thousands of people feared dead in Haiti, little or no functioning infrastructure, and absent a strong governmental response, CWT is making a cash contribution to the Red Cross's specific Haiti relief fund to best assist the people of that nation. Kozak said that CWT's monetary contribution will be used to provide dairy products and other foods, along with water, fuel, medicine, shelter, or whatever services are most critically needed.
Haiti is one of dozens of countries that has, in the past, been a commercial market for U.S. dairy products sold through CWT's Export Assistance program.
NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney, a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Mo., said that "CWT can play a positive role in helping needy people deal with this devastating disaster.” He urged cooperatives not participating in CWT, along with individual dairy farmers not involved in the organization, to consider contributing to the Red Cross Haitian relief efforts.
Cooperatives contributing to CWT include the following organizations. More than 500 individual dairy farmers also support CWT with their membership contribution:
Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association
California Dairies Inc.
Conesus Milk Producers Cooperative
Continental Dairy Products, Inc.
Cooperative Milk Producers Association, Inc.
Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative
Dairy Farmers of America
Dairylea Cooperative Inc.
Empire Keystone Cooperative
Farmers Cooperative Creamery
Foremost Farms USA
Jefferson Bulk Milk Cooperative
Just Jersey Cooperative, Inc.
Land O' Lakes, Inc.
Lone Star Milk Producers
Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative Inc.
Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Massachusetts Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Inc.
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association
National Farmers Organization
Northwest Dairy Association
Oneida-Madison Milk Producers Cooperative
St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.
Schoharie County Cooperative Dairies
Select Milk Producers, Inc.
Snake River Dairyman Association Inc.
South New Berlin Milk Cooperative, Inc.
United Dairy Cooperative Services, Inc.
United Dairymen of Arizona
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Western Tier Milk Producers Cooperative
Zia Milk Producers
Cooperatives Working Together is funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who contribute a 10¢/cwt. assessment on their milk production through December 2010. The money raised by CWT's investment is being apportioned between two supply management programs that strengthen and stabilize the national all milk price. For more on CWT's activities, visit www.cwt.coop.