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2014 Smart Choices Scholarship Winners

Drew Wallen and Jenna Moser win 2014 Smart Choices Scholarship
There are those who claim the youth of today is a lost generation. We beg to differ. Every year, the Dairy Farmers of Washington, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Les Schwab Tires award two high school seniors with the Smart Choices Scholarship. Smart Choices winners receive a $5,000 scholarship to the institution of continued learning of their choosing. These recipients excel in the classroom, in their extracurricular activities and in their communities. Their achievements are so far above and beyond they’ll make your head spin.

Dairy's Role in Feeding America

Milk feeds hungry families at food banks across America
As dairy farmers, food is our life. And as the providers of food, you may think hunger is something we rarely think about. But it’s just the opposite. While hunger is often overlooked off the farm, it’s on our minds a lot. We know that with 1 in 6 Americans struggling with hunger every day, we are surrounded by it – our friends, our neighbors and other people we wouldn’t even expect.

What goes into a glass of milk?

Dairy Farmers of Washington work hard to provide a quality productIt’s dinner time yet again, and you pull the milk jug out of the fridge to pour each family member a tall glass of farm-fresh milk. It's a nightly tradition you cherish and overlook all at once. Across town and across the state, countless families are doing the same thing -- sharing a meal made a little more perfect with milk. Milk helps create special moments like these every day.

WIAA Winter Championship Events

WIAA 2014 State Championship Events
For nearly twenty years, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and the Dairy Farmers of Washington have partnered to build family-focused initiatives that promote health and nutrition for everyone involved with WIAA sports and activities. Dairy plays an important role in an athlete’s diet when it comes to performance both in the classroom and on the court.

Seahawk Fan Wins Tickets to the SuperBowl!

Whidbey Island man wins tickets to SuperBowl XLVII from Washington Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60
Last Wednesday was just another day for Chris Peters – a long ferry commute to an even longer day at work. So when his phone rang at lunch, he didn’t bother to pick up the call from an unrecognized phone number. If it’s important, they’ll leave a message, he thought. And they did.
Finally on his way home, Chris listened to the voicemail. In disbelief, he listened to it two more times. Could this be real? A woman representing the dairy industry had called to tell him the news:  You won! You’re going to the SuperBowl!

This Flood Happened

Chehalis River Flood Impact on Dairy Farmers of Washington
In December 2007, Southwest Washington faced one of the biggest floods in our state’s history when the Chehalis River overflowed its banks and poured into the basin. Small businesses, homes, schools, and Interstate 5 were all submerged. Local dairy farmers were also hit hard, their entire livelihoods washed downstream. The only thing more astonishing than the destruction was the recovery.

A Very Dairy Holiday

Tony and Brenda Veiga of J & K Dairy in Sunnyside, WA
From school to school, Tony and Brenda Veiga of Sunnyside, Washington, spend cold December days picking up food donations for St. Joseph’s Food Bank. And while Brenda volunteers at the food bank every Thursday year round, this is just one way the co-owners of J & K Dairy go above and beyond to give back to their community during the holidays. 

Holiday Recipes Rich in Tradition

This is a season rich in tradition: from cutting down the tree and hanging lights to decorating cookies and hand-wrapping gifts, every family has their special holiday rituals.  Some of the best holiday traditions are family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 
Many memories are made while spending time together in the kitchen. Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipe ideas wit which, perhaps, you can build traditions:

Fighting Hunger During the Holidays

Thanksgiving Feast

The holidays are a time of celebration - celebrations often centered around family and food. But as we surround ourselves with loved ones and enjoy lavish feasts, we often forget that we are also surrounded by hunger. Hunger in Washington is real, and it's everywhere: 1 in every 5 Washington residents has visited a food pantry at least once in the past year. So while we look forward to the joy of a warm holiday meal, let's remember our neighbors whose fridges are empty and tables are bare. Their need creates an opportunity for us to help; and there are plenty of opportunities around the state to help fight hunger.



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