Dairy Council of California 2018 Spring Newsletter

A Message From the CEO

Expanding Access to Milk and Dairy is a Key Strategy

At Dairy Council of California, we believe elevating the health of children
will help create healthier communities—but unless Californians have access to
milk, dairy and other nutritious foods,the dairy industry loses the opportunity to further community health and highlight the important value of milk and dairy foods as a cornerstone to healthy eating patterns. See full story.

Summer MealsEnsuring Access to Dairy is Critical to Elevating Health

Summer Meals Program Helps Families Bridge Three-Month Nutritional Gap

Summer may be fun for children, but it’s a nutritional challenge for families who might have to stretch food dollars farther without the help of school cafeterias. Fortunately, help is just a text away, thanks to the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which offers free meals like breakfast, lunch and snacks to children ages 1–18 while school is out. Dairy Council of California is one of several partners promoting use of the “No Kid Hungry” text number—FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877—that helps families find the nearest summer meals site. Use of the number jumped from 1,000 texts in 2015 to 40,000 in 2017. See full story.

At A Glance

Tour Takes RDNs on the Farm

Farm TourWhere food comes from is a source of curiosity for many, so it was with great interest that a group of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) recently toured New Hope Dairy in Galt. Sponsored by Dairy Council of California and the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the tour gave RDNs insight into dairy farming practices like feeding and milking, animal welfare, milk processing and sustainability. After the tour, RDNs said they have a newfound appreciation and deeper understanding of the hard work and care involved in making dairy foods.

Thank You


Dairy Council of California thanks the following dairies for their support of Mobile Dairy Classroom and Ag Days:

Thank You




Our Newest
Board Members

Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross has appointed two new members to the Dairy Council of California board of directors.

Justin Curti


On his family’s farm in Tulare, Curti oversees operations for more than 2,800 dairy cows. Curti also serves on the California Milk Advisory Board. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from California State University, Fresno.

Arlin Van Groningen


Van Groningen is a third-generation dairy farmer and co-owner of New Hope Dairy in Galt. Van Groningen also serves on the board of Western United Dairymen. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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