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Be Our Guest Concert Raises More Than $15,000 to Purchase Dairy Products for Feeding South Dakota Network

04/21/2014 09:15PM ● By Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thanks to the support of hundreds of South Dakotans, dairy farm families presented Feeding South Dakota with a donation of $15,886 following a benefit concert on March 25.   Dairy farmers invited the public to "Be Our Guest" at the Roots and Boots tour concert featuring Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin at the annual Central Plains Dairy Expo for a $10 donation to Feeding South Dakota.  Donations will be used to purchase dairy foods to stock food banks across the state.

"Thank you to everyone who donated to this program, and to dairy farm families for making it possible," said Jim Dawson, eastern operations manager for Feeding South Dakota.  "Dairy products are some of the most requested products at food pantries, but make up less than 5 percent of the total product mix at Feeding South Dakota.  This donation will help fill that gap and provide nutritious dairy products to South Dakotans in need."

The “Be Our Guest” concert events have been held for four years, generating a total of more than $45,000 in donations to Feeding South Dakota.

“Dairy farmers work every day to produce a wholesome, nutritious product, and we’re excited that this program will make those products more widely available to those served by Feeding South Dakota,” said Allen Merrill, dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota.”

Donations were accepted at First Bank & Trust locations in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Canton and Garretson, Lewis Drug Store locations in Sioux Falls, Brandon, Brookings, Huron and Madison, and Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls.

Feeding South Dakota ( is a hunger relief organization that serves approximately 350 nonprofit hunger relief and emergency food distribution agencies throughout the state.  These agencies received more than 12.5 million pounds of food and grocery items from Feeding South Dakota in 2013, providing over 10 million meals to hungry individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota now operates distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and food pantries in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Dairy foods help make healthy eating easy. Three daily servings of dairy – milk, cheese or yogurt – provide excellent nutrition, value and taste.  Few foods deliver dairy’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and convenient way.  You can find dairy recipes, nutrition information and more information on dairy farm families at

Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.