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June is Dairy Month! 

Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? At The Idaho Foodbank, we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to dairy. Idaho is the third highest dairy-producing state in the nation.  

For some food banks across the country it can be a challenge to obtain dairy products, but here in Idaho we are fortunate to have generous supporters in the dairy community. In true Idaho fashion, the organizations, businesses, and families that are part of our dairy industry continue to be strong supporters of The Idaho Foodbank and our mission. 

Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are a significant source of calcium, as well as an excellent source of potassium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and high-quality protein.  In fiscal year 2023, 15% of the food we distributed was dairy.   

Driven by the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations, The Idaho Foodbank categorizes distributed food to ensure we are providing nutritious items such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy. Our goal is to make the healthy choice, the easy and accessible choice. One way we can do this is by making a variety of nutritious foods available throughout the year to our neighbors in need. In fiscal year 2023, 86% of food distributed by The Idaho Foodbank was considered nutritious.   

Thank you to Dairy West, Chobani, Darigold, and all our dairy partners for their year-round support.  We appreciate the generosity of our dairy community to help us make healthy, balanced food choices available to our neighbors in need.