Milk Into Cheese Update

The summer is drawing to a close, and that means the annual Milk Into Cheese drive is entering the final stretch.

Now in its 17th year, Milk into Cheese continues to seek donations to supply local food pantries with locally produced cheese. The effort is organized by Blue River's Ed Chitwood, with major support from Meister Cheese and Dan Olson Trucking. Donations of liquid milk from farmers and cash donations from non-farmers will assist with the effort. Any dairy farm family that would like to donate milk should make arrangements by next Friday (August 26) to allow enough time to organize pick-up routes. Dairy producers who would like to donate milk will need to contact Ed Chitwood at 537-2340. Any family or business that would like to make a financial donation to purchase milk to be processed into cheese for the food pantries in Richland Center, Muscoda, and Lone Rock can do so at any time – but the major plea for donations is now. This year's price to turn 1,000 pounds of milk into 100 pounds of cheese is $180 – however, contributions in any amount will be accepted and gladly appreciated. All of the funds raised go directly toward the production of cheese. There are no administrative costs and all of the labor and materials are being donated.

In addition, those who contribute to Milk Into Cheese will have their donation go to their local food pantry. That means contributions from the Muscoda, Blue River, and Avoca areas will have their corresponding cheese sent to the Riverdale Area Food Pantry; and those who donate from the Richland Center, Ithaca, and surrounding areas will find their contribution benefiting the Richland Community Food Pantry. In the last year, nearly 400 pounds of cheese were delivered to area food pantries each month.

Those interested in donating to the 2016 effort can send a check made payable to “Milk into Cheese” care of: Ed Chitwood; 16025 Eddy's Lane; Blue River 53518. Again, if you have questions, call Chitwood at 537-2340.