Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand

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Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand

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By Sarandon Raboin/Luce Foundation: Southwest Stories Fellowship
PHOENIX – Thousands of gallons of wasted milk. Unpredictable, zigzagging prices. Abrupt dips and surges in demand.

The past four months have been a roller coaster for Arizona dairy farms, as the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the way some of their biggest clients did business.

The ride isn’t over yet: Arizona is a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning impacts on school and restaurant operations – and their dairy needs – remain uncertain.

Food banks find themselves overwhelmed with community demand, yet some struggle to safely store and distribute the flood of milk being donated.

And beyond Arizona’s borders, foreign dairy markets continue to evolve.

“In 46 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Keith Murfield, chief executive officer of United Dairymen of Arizona.

The market value for dairy products made in Arizona exceeds $762 million and is one of the top five agricultural commodities for the state, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority.

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July 29, 2020

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Sarandon Raboin

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Erin Craft

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Cronkite-Luce Fellowship

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Arizona State University

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Cronkite News Arizona PBS

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English Agriculture
English Food & Drink
English Rural
English Community & Community Organizations

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food banks
dairy farms

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Luce Grant

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Southwest Stories>Rural Communities
Southwest Stories>Sarandon Raboin

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Added to Arizona Collection. 03/22/2022. HR

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