Dairy companies donate 17,000 pounds of cheese to Harvey victims

Posted at 4:50 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:50:26-04

Wisconsin cheese companies announced it is sending more than 17,000 pounds of cheese to Texas for victims of flooding after Harvey.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board said in a news release Friday that farmers and companies packed trucks in Madison with smoked string cheese, cheese curds, muenster, parmesan, classic cheddar and more cheeses, along with 300 pounds of butter.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastation facing Texas residents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” said WMMB VP of Marketing Communications Suzanne Fanning in a statement. “Our Wisconsin cheesemakers and dairy farmers are inherently focused on helping others so we offered them a way to get involved. Their response to our call for donations was overwhelming – we were initially hoping to send 200 pounds of cheese, but the donations kept pouring in – totaling over 17,000 pounds!”

The delivery will go to the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s largest food bank, with will distribute the dairy products to 600 hunger relief charities in 18 Texas counties.