On September 21, 1920 Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc. started thanks to an impassioned group of dairy farmers determined to supply consumers in our nation’s capital with farm-fresh milk. They staked their claim on high quality standards and proximity to the market. The first decade was harsh, and the cooperative nearly folded. But those farmers didn’t quit, they put their heads together and found a path forward.
In honor of its 100th Anniversary, Maryland & Virginia has established the MDVA Fund, a formal entity that will continue the cooperative’s charitable efforts, and it has seeded the fund with a $10,000 contribution from the organization’s operating budget.
“Everything that we are today, the benefits and opportunities that we have had are due to the investments, the vision and the fortitude that previous boards of directors, management and staff have executed in the past,” said CEO Jay Bryant.
“We have marveled at the initiative and ingenuity of our members these last several months to get fresh milk into the hands of those that need it most. From connecting members with feeding programs to our own Maola facilities and dairy checkoff grant opportunities, we have seen more product donation events and new relationships established with organizations dedicated to feeding those in need around our milkshed than ever before. That energy, that spirit of farmers feeding families, is what the MDVA Fund is all about.”
The MDVA Fund is built on the foundation of the cooperative’s existing scholarship fund. This fund was established thanks to generous donations from Maryland & Virginia’s Board of Directors, Leadership Council members, staff members and strategic industry partners to award scholarships beyond the cooperative’s annual commitment of five $1,000 awards.
Going forward the MDVA Fund will support the sustainable development of the communities in which Maryland & Virginia operates. That goes beyond scholarships to include sponsorships and product donations for dairy industry events, programs and organizations that share Maryland & Virginia’s mission of supporting our local communities.
Donate Now to the MDVA Fund
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers is happy to support dairy product donations and purchases to help those in our local communities. Maola milk is available for purchase by member-owners, community groups and non-profit organizations for milk giveaway and donation events. If you are a food bank looking to purchase Maola milk, you may use the form below as well.
Thanks to the generosity of the 900-dairy farmer-owners and their interest in supporting the communities in which they live, we can offer a limited number of milk donations each year.
Preference is given to requests from organizations that provide the greatest impact on the fabric of the community. Please note that there are geographic limitations based on existing distribution channels for the delivery of Maola milk.
All requests for milk donations or purchases must be made at least two (2) weeks before the date of the event.
For more requirements, click below.
To request a MILK DONATION, be sure your event or organization meets the following criteria:
- The request must come from a member-owner.
- The organization or event must support community-related causes. We encourage requests from organizations that support families in need or addressing hunger.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to support events or fundraisers that only benefit an individual or family.
- We are also unable to support any religious or political groups or organizations.
Milk Donation Amount:
- We can donate up to $200 of dairy products to a group or event
- Requests above $200 must be matched – cap at $500
To place an order to PURCHASE MILK:
- Orders must be placed at least a week in advance.
- Prices vary weekly, so final total will be confirmed once we have the details and delivery location.
- Depending on delivery location, some orders may require a minimum of 180 gallons (full pallet) of milk for an order.
- We will need a credit application, billing address and shipping address for billing purposes.
Requirements for the Delivery:
- The Maola delivery truck (53-foot truck) must have a way to safely park, have product unloaded an adequate space to turn around.
- For a delivery, you will need to have a way to move the product off the truck, such as a forklift.