One thing dairy lovers and Vegans can agree on right now is that our world is hurting. There are people going without food. Unemployment is soaring and hunger is on the doorstep for many. Food pantries across the country are asking for help. Reporting the need for their services more than doubling, almost overnight. Meanwhile, both livestock and crop farmers, as well as their respective industries, are scrambling to handle the massive change in buying that has come along with people staying home and businesses closing their doors.
Originally, this post was going to be the introduction of a fundraiser to buy cheese curds and string cheese for food banks. I am passionate about feeding people so seeing milk being dumped when people were going hungry has been keeping me up at night and I felt driven to try and do something.
When I woke up this morning to a whole bunch of nasty comments from Vegan activists telling me how awful I was for being a dairy farmer, my idea changed. I have pointed out many times that while someone choosing a vegan diet doesn’t bother me at all, trying to shame and bully others into a vegan diet shows way too much privilege. To be completely fair, I don’t see whole, plant-based foods getting the respect they deserve from many of my peers either and I have seen just as nasty comments from the pro-animal-ag folks as Vegan activists. Neither side is perfect.
One thing I do know is that animal agriculture as a whole does a lot to fight food insecurity through our different programs and organizations, but I have not seen that same kind of effort from those who push for a Vegan world.
So instead of this post introducing a fundraiser to buy dairy products for food banks, this post is going to start a little friendly competition.
Dairy lovers, I have created a Go Fund Me where you can donate money. All funds raised will be used to buy cheese curds and string cheese for food banks.
Vegans, I have created a separate Go Fund Me where you can donate money. All funds raised will be used to buy nutrient dense vegan options for food banks.
Links to each fundraiser are posted below.
Here are the details-
- Both GFM accounts have a $10,000 dollar goal.
- Every cent raised from both accounts will be used to buy products that will be distributed to food banks in the greater Wisconsin area.
- When possible, I will use the funds to purchase food that is either distressed or doesn’t have a home. Meaning cheese made from milk that would have been dumped or produce/vegan options that are at risk of being wasted. I will focus on purchasing whole foods that are nutrient-dense for the vegan donation. If you have a connection or a suggestion of vegan products to purchase, please leave me a note in the comments. Use your real email address so I can contact you for more information if needed.
- The competition will end on May 1st.
- I will post a full accounting and proof of how the money was spent and updates along the way.
- Whichever GFM has raised the most money at the end of the competition, I will personally make a donation from my own pocket.
- To make it fair, I have selected to turn ads off on this post so Vegans aren’t helping to financially contribute to what I do via page views.
I know times are tight for many of us, regardless of our dietary choices. There is no minimum donation amount and every dollar from either fundraiser will go to feed those in need.
So it’s time to step up and vote with your dollar. It’s your chance to be the change in the world that you want to see. Your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Pick your favorite cliche and go vote!