|JULY 2, 2012 --
The Farmer’s Cow is giving back to children this summer.
The company, owned by six area dairy farms, is donating “calf pints” of milk to summer lunch program at The Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) and half-gallons of milk to families through the Connecticut Food Bank.
“This year, we anticipate even more participation,” said Diane Farquharson, the TEEG Early Childhood Coordinator who manages the summer lunch program. “We are so fortunate to have The Farmer’s Cow step in in such a big way. The timing couldn’t be better.”
The six farmers who created the Farmer’s Cow about seven years ago have always invested back into the community through donations. The farms of the Farmer’s Cow are Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, Hytone Farm in Coventry, Mapleleaf Farm in Hebron, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, Cushman Farms in Franklin and Graywall Farms in Lebanon.
Robin Chesmer, managing member of the Farmer’s Cow, said the members have always believed in supporting the community through donation.
“We have enjoyed the support of our community,” Chesmer said. “We want to give back to the community to show our thanks.”
TEEG, a community-centered nonprofit human services agency, has offered the summer lunch program for six years. Last summer, it served more than 4,000 meals. This summer, the program is going to serve breakfast as well. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and End Hunger CT, the lunch program ensures children who normally get their lunch at school will still have a nutritious meal during the summer.
Through the More Milk Campaign, the Farmer’s Cow will donate up to 5,000 half-gallons of milk to families served by the Connecticut Food Bank.
“Every day of the year, we feed our young calves a nutritious meal in order to keep them healthy and growing,” Chesmer said. “And now, our farmers want to help make sure that children are well fed every day of the summer, too. It is very rewarding to work with TEEG in providing good nutrition as well as some summer fun.”