Stop and Shop Donates Milk on World Milk Day

In honor of World Milk Day on June 1st, Stop & Shop is partnering with New England dairy farmers to turn their Cranston store parking lot into a milk drive for local Rhode Island hunger relief agencies. Stop & Shop is donating 8,262 half gallons of milk in an effort to address the growing demand for nutritious food for those in need. Rhode Island food pantries and other agencies will bring their vehicles to this central location to pick up milk, then distribute it to their local communities and clients.
Celebrate World Milk Day and National Dairy Month
National Dairy Month kicks off on Monday, June 1 with World Milk Day. Celebrate with us all month long by sharing dairy facts and stories on your social media pages.

Sample post: #WorldMilkDay was established 20 years ago by @UN @FAO to recognize the importance of milk as a global food for 6 billion consumers. In these challenging times, the dairy sector remains committed to providing nutritious foods to nourish our communities. 🥛 ❤️🌎 #EnjoyDairy
Building Trust and Sales Through National Partnerships

DMI and checkoff partner Pizza Hut joined forces to give away half a million pizzas to Class of 2020 high school graduates. The promotion was announced on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," which included a shout out to U.S. dairy farmers for supporting the graduates of 2020. The response was overwhelming and wiped out the pizzas in just a few days.

Our partner GENYOUth has provided $72,000 in grant funding to 36 schools across New England to support service of emergency school meals. This funding is provided through the GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund.  Watch GENYOUth's “Always Heroes” video, a tribute to the school nutrition professionals and volunteers who remain dedicated to feeding our nation’s children during school disruptions. 
Continued Support of School Meals
Many school feeding sites will continue to serve meals through the summer. Our staff continue to offer support to schools and are monitoring  CDC recommendations for reopening schools in the fall, which include the recommendation to serve meals in the classroom. We will continue to work with school districts and Departments of Education to ensure milk and other dairy foods are served safely and remain an important component of school meals as serving models continue to shift. 
Milk Sales at Retail Slow as Foodservice Sales Pick Up

Milk volume during the week of 5/17 grew +7.5% compared to the same week last year. Retail sales growth has started slowing as stay at home orders ease and foodservice traffic begins to pick up, especially at quick serve restaurants. Cheese continues to show strong growth at retail, with total volume averaging +32% over the last 11 weeks.
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