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Showing Up: Product Donations & Volunteering

Darigold donates a boatload (or actually we should say “untold truckloads”) of product every year. In many cases, these are related to our priority of addressing hunger relief or raising awareness and celebrating healthy diets and lifestyles. Often donations are part of an event or campaign that Darigold is sponsoring. What is particularly fun about product donations is that they most often involve much more than a truck dropping pallets off at a recipient’s loading dock. Instead, you’ll see Darigold employees personally handing out RE:FUEL to runners as they cross the finish line, passing out chocolate milk to trick-or-treaters, gifting product to tailgaters at charity football events, staffing tents at local fairs, handing out chocolate milk to attendees at the Farmers’ Day Parade, and delivering butter for a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Each plant has sponsored events, give-away campaigns and volunteer activities relevant to the specific culture and characteristics of their communities. The illustrations below just touch the surface of how Darigold consistently shows up in our communities around the northwest.



The Young Cooperator (YC) Program was established in the early 1950s through the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) as an organization for young dairy farmers. Supplementing the 4-H and FFA youth program, the YC Program continues education and leadership opportunities.


Northwest Dairy Association Young Cooperators is an organization made up of co-op members (individuals and couples) from the ages of 19 to 45 who are currently members of Northwest Dairy Association.


The purpose of the program is to educate and build future co-op leaders and to gain a better understanding of how dairy cooperatives work with NMPF in developing national dairy policy. The program also provides its young members with the information and knowledge they need to better understand milk marketing and the cooperative’s operation and structure.


  • To better inform members of the function and role of cooperatives in milk marketing;
  • To give members the opportunity to become involved in their cooperative’s activities by organizing, planning and directing meetings;
  • To provide an opportunity to meet other young dairy people within their cooperative, thereby encouraging the sharing of ideas and experiences and discussions of solutions to common problems;
  • To provide leadership roles for those members who choose to make such a commitment;
  • To promote the dairy industry and the wholesomeness of dairy products;
  • To develop a better understanding of how dairy cooperatives work with NMPF in developing national dairy policy.


In 2013, Darigold producer Bill Wavrin and other dairy farmers in the region teamed up to fund and launch a program to distribute Darigold’s 2% milk to people and families in need in their community. The producers partnered with non-profit Second Harvest to distribute the milk to food banks and meal programs in the mid-Columbia Valley (WA) basin. Second Harvest has the necessary logistics expertise, along with the required cold chain infrastructure and refrigerated warehousing needed for perishable milk products.

Initial dairy families participating in Dairy for Life include:

  • Sunny Dene Ranch LLC
  • The Wavrin Families
  • DeRuyter Brothers Dairy
  • Jake and Genny DeRuyter
  • Skyridge Farms
  • Dan and Carolyn DeGroot
  • deVries Family Dairy
  • Tom and Heather deVries
  • Cow Palace
  • The Dolsen Families
  • Sunnyside Dairy LLC
  • Aquilini Family
  • Henry and Lori Oord
  • Jon and Lori Wheeler
  • Sun Valley Dairy LLC
  • Bill and Susan Scheenstra
  • Spring Canyon Ranch LLC

More details and a video about Dairy for Life are available on the Second Harvest website.