Six Yakima Valley dairies have banded together to donate 25,000 gallons of milk this year to hungry families in the Tri-Cities and Yakima area.
The milk, valued at $60,000, will be distributed through Second Harvest Tri-Cities to area food banks, with about 400 gallons available per week.
Involved in the initiative, called Dairy for Life, are Bill Wavrin and his brother, Sid Wavrin, of Sunny Dene Ranch in Mabton; Jake and Genny DeRuyter of DeRuyter Brothers Dairy; Dan and Carolyn DeGroot of Skyridge Farms; Tom and Heather deVries of deVries Family Dairy; the Dolsen families of Cow Palace; and the Aquilini family, Henry and Lori Oord, and Jon and Lori Wheeler of Sunnyside Dairy.
Bill Wavrin said he and the other farmers hope to see the effort continue beyond a year, with other dairies joining in.
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