Reston, Virginia – Maola Local Dairies, owned and operated by Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA), kicked of National Dairy Month yesterday with a donation of Maola Milk to the South River Food Pantry in Statesville, North Carolina.
Moala Local Dairies donated over 385 half gallons of milk to the South River Food Pantry, part of the South River Baptist Church, on behalf of local MDVA dairy farmer-owners Grayhouse Farms of Stony Point, North Carolina.
“As the 2021 Producer of the Year with Maryland & Virginia, we had the opportunity to give back to the community,” said Jimmy Gray, co-owner of Grayhouse Farms. “Donating milk to those in needs was the clear choice.”
“We are very proud to deliver a nutritious, healthy product right here to our own community,” said Andy Gray, co-owner of Grayhouse Farms.
MDVA’s Producer of the Year Award is selected from all member farms in MDVA’s milkshed, which spans more than 900 farms in 13 states across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Each week, South River distributes nearly 1,000 boxes of food to families in need, including a half gallon of milk with each food box..
“There’s no greater joy for us than to have some tangible way to assist people and help people,” said Dr. Chris Thompson, Senior Pastor of South River Baptist Church. “The enabling that comes from donations to our church and in the ministries that we do throughout the week is a great encouragement to us and those in need in our community.”
“Grayhouse Farms, like so many of our dairy farmer member-owners, work hard to care for their farm, their families, and their local community,” said Lindsay Reames, MDVA’s Vice President of Sustainability and External Relations. “We are proud to recognize the work of Grayhouse Farms, and to help kick-off celebrating National Dairy Month, through this Maola milk donation.”