This fall, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), along with 13 of its regional farmer-owned milk brands, said it is helping to fuel school athletic programs with the launch of its first-ever Fuel Their Drive promotion. The promotion will award $1 million to high school athletic programs across the country, simply by purchasing milk from one of the Kansas City, Kan.-based cooperative’s participating brands.
Fuel Their Drive will give shoppers who purchase milk from one of 13 select DFA regional brands a chance to help local high schools win a portion of $1 million that will be awarded to high school athletic programs in those communities that the brands’ serve, DFA said. More than 250 grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded across 13 of DFA’s brand communities in 26 markets. Dollars may be used to update a sports field, revamp the school gym, to purchase much-needed athletic equipment or to support whatever the athletic department’s greatest need is.
All shoppers have to do is buy milk from one of DFA’s participating regional brands, including: Alta Dena Dairy, Cass-Clay Creamery, Country Fresh Dairy, Guida’s Dairy, Kemps, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, Mayfield Dairy Farms, Meadow Gold Dairy, Oak Farms Dairy, PET Dairy, Reiter Dairy, T.G. Lee Dairy and Tuscan Dairy Farms, DFA said. They then snap a photo of their receipt, go to fueltheirdrive.com, find the link to the page for their local participating brand to upload the receipt and vote for their local high school. High schools in each market with the most votes will win $10,000, and some winners will be chosen at random for $2,000, so shoppers are encouraged to purchase and upload often.
Community members and high schoolers have an additional chance to win $1,000 for their local school by showing and sharing their school pride on social media by participating in a school spirit challenge. The simply post pics or videos on Instagram showing however they show school spirit, such as toasting an athletic team with a glass of milk, wearing a school uniform or jersey, painting school colors on their face or more. They then tag their local participating brand and use hashtag #FuelTheirDriveSweepstakes to enter.
“Community is at the core of our regional brands,” says Sharon Springborn, senior director of brand marketing for DFA dairy brands. “Our commitment to communities goes beyond producing wholesome dairy products for families to enjoy. For our farmer-owned regional brands, we feel it is our responsibility to lend a helping hand where we can. We hope this promotion will help fuel success for our high schools and local athletes in those markets and communities that we serve.”
Fuel Their Drive is grounded in the idea that milk can power high school athletes like no other beverage — with high-quality protein for strong muscles, fluids to rehydrate and the nutrients athletes need such as calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus, DFA said.
Learn more about the Fuel Their Drive promotion at fueltheirdrive.com.