Darigold Inc. and the more than 550 dairy farm families which collectively own the Seattle-based dairy cooperative have donated several hundred pounds and bottles of dairy products to help feed those affected by the White Swan Fire.
The donation of more than 400 pounds of cheese, 390 pounds of butter and more than 1,000 bottles of Darigold milk was delivered to the Toppenish Armory last week.
About 145 people in White Swan lost their homes to fire Feb. 12. A chimney fire started a house fire and gale force winds quickly carried the flames across 235 acres, destroying 33 homes.
"We hope that this donation will help feed the many displaced residents in White Swan. We have heard from many of our farmer-owners in the area who wanted to do something to help. Providing fresh products such as butter, cheese and milk to those affected and to the many volunteers, who are assisting, seemed to be the best way. It is important that the community come together in a time like this. Darigold commends the many volunteers who are helping in the relief efforts," said President and CEO John Underwood in a news release.
The donation of dairy products is in addition to the already scheduled food and cash/check drive benefiting Northwest Harvest that is being sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab.
The food drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the second day of the WIAA State Boys and Girls 1A and 2A high school state basketball championships at the Yakima SunDome.
Each of the first 250 people who bring three cans of nonperishable food to the SunDome or contribute cash/check will receive a Dairy Farmers of Washington reusable grocery tote bag (one bag per family), a copy of the Naturally Nutritious cookbook and a coupon for Darigold Refuel, a rich chocolate low fat protein milk.
With headquarters in Seattle, Darigold is the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by about 550 dairy producers throughout the Northwest.