Dairy farm families invite public to concert to benefit Feeding South Dakota

Feb 25 | Posted by: AT Team

Donate $10 and receive a pass to see country music stars Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw in concert

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Dairy farm families will again partner with First Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug to help provide nutritious dairy foods to South Dakotans in need.

For the fourth year, dairy farmers will invite the public to “Be Our Guest” at a concert at the annual Central Plains Dairy Expo. For a $10 donation to Feeding South Dakota, people will receive a pass to the “Roots and Boots” tour concert featuring country music performers Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw on March 25. Donations will be used to purchase dairy foods to stock food banks across the state.

From February 24 through the March 25 concert, donations will be 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.

The “Be Our Guest” concert events have been held for three years, generating a total of nearly $29,000 in dairy product donations to Feeding South Dakota.

Dairy is among the top five food items in demand among food bank patrons, yet it only makes up 5.3 percent of the total pounds distributed in the Feeding America food bank network. The “Be Our Guest” effort by South Dakota dairy farm families helps provide hungry families in South Dakota access to nutritious milk and dairy products. In fact, milk is a natural source of nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of protein per eight-ounce serving.

"We are excited to again host the Be Our Guest concert event,” said Allen Merrill, a dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota. “We invite everyone out to the concert to enjoy three top-notch country performers and help Feeding South Dakota to purchase nutritious dairy products for our fellow South Dakotans in need.”

The concert is a unique opportunity to see three country legends in one show. Between them, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin have 42 Top Ten singles, 15 Gold and Platinum albums, and 14 number one songs. The trio recently released their first album together titled “All in the Same Boat.”

A special donation event will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the Hy-Vee location at West 10th and Kiwanis. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., representatives of Feeding South Dakota and area dairy farmers will accept donations.

Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization that serves approximately 460 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 www.DairyMakesSense.com.

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