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Food, Monetary Donations From Dean Foods Operations Coast-to-Coast Earn "Mission Partner" Status From Feeding America®

North Texas Food Bank , Dallas, Texas

Dean Foods and the Dean Foods Foundation have supported NTFB for more than 10 years, providing critical funds, product, volunteer support and board leadership. Last year alone, hundreds of employees from Dean Foods corporate offices and local dairy plants collected food or volunteered to help package more than 100,000 meals for hungry families in North Texas. Dean Foods underscores employees' year-round dedication for the cause by regularly donating and discounting product to NTFB, helping deliver more than 6 million pounds of dairy products to hungry families over the years of the partnership. Chris Sliva, the company's Chief Commercial Officer, is also a dedicated member of the NTFB board.

In addition, the Dean Foods Foundation has also pledged $300,000 over three years to NTFB programs that feed and provide nutrition education to at-risk children and youth. The grant is the largest corporate foundation pledge ever received by NTFB.

In 2011, Dean Foods partnered with Tetra Pak to donate 276,000 8-oz. single-serve cartons of shelf-stable milk to the Food 4 Kids backpack nutrition program, a value of more than $100,000. And during the World Series, Dean Foods donated $100 for each Texas Rangers home run and St. Louis Cardinals strikeout, generating $5,100 – or enough to provide 15,300 meals.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

The Garelick Farms plant in Rensselaer, NY, has long supported the Regional Food Bank. Recently, the company committed itself to a structured donation program whereby processed milk is sent weekly to the Food Bank for distribution to member agencies. "Milk is a highly valued donation because of its nutritional value and role as a staple ingredient in balanced meals," said Joanne Dwyer, Director of Food Industry Relations and Business Development Representative. "We truly appreciate Garelick Farms' dedication to donating food and its financial support of the Food Bank."

Greater Boston Food Bank

Garelick Farms in Massachusetts embraces its hometown food bank as well. The Greater Boston Food Bank supplies food for as many as 545,000 people throughout the 190 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Garelick Farms Massachusetts operations provide milk for GBFB's Kids Cafe Program, which provides nutritious meals to more than 1,700 children after school each day. In addition, Garelick Farms made a $50,000 contribution to GBFB's capital campaign to help fund its recently completed state-of-the-art distribution center in Boston. 

Second Harvest Heartland , St. Paul, Minn.

In 2010, Second Harvest Heartland created the Hunger Hero awards to recognize the scale of effort put forth by certain community partners. The Dean Foods plant in Woodbury, MN, was named the inaugural Hunger Hero in the Food Donor category for donating more than 900,000 pounds of milk that served approximately 1,000 food bank programs. Moreover, the company opted to forgo a holiday party and instead donated those funds to Second Harvest Heartland, delivering an additional 1,500 gallons of milk to families over the holiday season.

Hawaii Food Bank

Meadow Gold Hawaii raised $3,600 and collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Hawaii Food Bank this year. Employees generously donated canned goods and made monetary contributions, but the highlight of the employee effort was the Dunk-A-Manager event where employees paid $1 for an attempt to dunk a manager of their choice. The food drive culminated with Meadow Gold drivers volunteering their time to pick up donated food from numerous post offices after the well-known Letter Carrier's Food Drive and delivering it back to the Food Bank – more than 29,000 pounds of canned food. Meadow Gold drivers are already volunteering for next year's campaign.

Feeding America West Michigan

Country Fresh General Manager Kevin Begin is no stranger to the Feeding America West Michigan food bank, currently serving a three-year term as the president of the board. Combined, Country Fresh and WhiteWave are the food bank's fourth largest donor, contributing over 1.13 million pounds of food in 2010. Recognizing the value of information and experience, Country Fresh hosted the Feeding America West Michigan distribution staff at the plant to share operational best practices, helping the food bank improve efficiencies.

South Plains Food Bank , Lubbock, Texas

Gandy's Dairy in Lubbock supports the South Plains Food Bank in a variety of ways including sponsorship of the holiday 'U Can Share' food drive, subsidizing milk for the 21 after-school Kids Cafe feeding program locations, and volunteerism. No one has more experience with the latter than Kyle Rogers, Gandy's Key Accounts Manager and immediate past president of the South Plains Food Bank board of directors. In fact, Kyle has been involved at the board level since 1995, and has volunteered with the food bank for more than two decades.

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and a European leader in branded soy foods and beverages. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment is the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, creamers, and cultured dairy products. These offerings are marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands, as well as through private labels. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment produces and sells an array of branded dairy, soy and plant-based beverages and foods. WhiteWave brands, including Silk® soy, almond and coconut milk, Horizon Organic® milk and dairy products, International Delight® coffee creamers, and LAND O LAKES® creamers, are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food products.

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Jamaison Schuler, +1-214-721-7766; or Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3438

 

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